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13 september 2016
Second; racing & family visiting! A little over a week ago, my uncle and aunt drove into Portland. They had just visited Olympic National Park, were on their way to Yellowstone, but found time to visit me in between. I had a really fun time showing them around in Portland: we got burrito’s at Boulevard, ran in Forest Park, went downtown to go to Powell’s and to some really cool breweries that I had never been to (no beer for me unfortunately!), had Thai at 23rd, and they even cooked Dutch food for me and my friends! This was the same weekend in which I had my first race. We raced at OSU, and my teammates and I were able to get first (Parkes), second (me), and third (Taryn), within a second of each other. The plan was to stay together for the first 2 (of 3) miles. By that time, we had already gotten rid of all but 1 competitor, and in the final 400 meters or so, we were able to outsprint her as well. It was really fun and helpful to race alongside my teammates, and we might use similar tactics in Minnesota in 2 weeks. It was a fine race, although I definitely noticed that I wasn’t used to racing yet and that we hadn’t done many specific workouts.
This week our team put together a great training week: we did longer (steep!!) hill reps on Tuesday, which I didn’t particularly enjoy (for everyone who knows me, this is of course an understatement), but then on Friday we came back for 6x1200m, which was my first serious race-pace workout of the season. It went well and our varsity looked really good. Today (Sunday) we came back for a long run. We went to Scappoose, which is a trail about 30 minutes away. The trail goes up gradually on the way out, so that it is almost all downhill on the way back. We ran here exactly 2 weeks ago when I had suffered a lot. We had gone a little too fast after the turn-around point, and the last few miles I couldn’t wait to be done. Not a good experience… This time though, Anna and I were able to run slightly faster, averaging about 6:35/mile, while feeling much better. Instead of waiting for it to be over, I was really enjoying the run. It is funny how ‘‘getting in shape’’ works and it is exciting to see that we are making progress!
Next time, I will let you know how we did in Minnesota, at the Roy Griak Invitational. The course will be hilly, the weather hot, and there will be several ranked teams on the starting line. Let’s hope we beat some of them!
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13 september 2016 18:58 | Door: Anja
Good to read your blog. It is like an Indian Summer here. Another two days like this and than we probably turn into Autumn quite soon. Tom and I are studying in the garden. Research skills is my subject and management Tom's. Yesterday at school I had to think about you because our teacher was telling us about different kinds of research. Today I worked all day at a childcentre in Rijswijk Buiten called Eigenwijs Buiten. The first one was opened when you were at primary school. I think a photo was taken from you, Femke and Alies for a brochure.
Well have fun!
13 september 2016 19:27 | Door: Tess
So nice that aunt Els and uncle Klaas visited you!
Did you eat at the same Thai restaurant as we did?
I immidiately had to think about Egeltje and the spicy food