Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Kickin’ some girls HS track butt

I can only imagine what google searches THAT title is going to bring to the blog – let me explain…

I don’t have a lot of regrets in my life. I make decisions after careful dart throwing consideration and stick with them. Examples include:
  • Drinking….nay, LOVING Crystal Clear Pepsi: Clear, crisp, refreshment
  • Buying a Playstation 3: Yeah, I don’t play it a lot, but it earned me like 5 “man cards”
  • Moving to Phoenix: I’ve totally learned to love swamp ass

However, I’ve often said to my wife while reading my local hometown paper The Record Democrat (circulation 1,704) that I totally should have gone out for track while in High School. Each week I’ll turn to the sports “section” and check out the local high school sports teams. They hold their own it seems (which is certainly a nice departure from the crap bombs that we threw up when I was in high school). One thing that I’ve really started to check out are the track meet results.

This time of year there is always some sort of meet at least once a week. The paper does a good job of not only telling who won, but listing each event’s finishing times. The boy’s (guys?) times are always basically out of reach for me: ~10:45 for the 3200 (5:22 pace) but the girls are a much more achievable 11:30 (5:45 pace). I have to think that if I trained specifically for the 2 mile run I could totally be competitive for that.

So, in summary, one regret that I have is that I didn’t go out for girls track while in high school. Although, I suppose there was the whole issue with me being a boy and all. Details details.....

Looking back, do you have anything that you wished you would have done? And no, putting all of your money in Google stock doesn’t count – which would be the first thing I do should I get my hands on a flux capacitor.

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My ankle is just a bit sore (maybe a 1 out of 10 on the pain-o-meter) so I abandoned any speedwork this week and am just getting in the miles. 8 yesterday at 8:03 pace and 5 today at 8:19 pace. I’ve been doing them on the treadmill so that I make sure to stay slow and not go out and blast some 7:10 miles. Yesterday’s run went really well, but today’s run was like running in the depths of hell.

For some reason, the hotel “gym” was about 90 degrees. Bleh. I propped the door open with a dumbbell but I had still successfully soaked through my shirt, underwear and shorts by the time I was done.

18 comments:

Chad said...

I think you're the only person in America under 40 who reads the newspaper.

Whitney said...

Same regret - why oh why didn't I do cross-country and LONG DISTANCE track in high school? My freshman year I thought that I could be a sprinter and a hurdler... yeah, that lasted a couple... weeks.

Jamoosh said...

"LOVING Crystal Clear Pepsi"

Turn in ALL man cards immediately.

Michele said...

Hotels don't seem to understand their "gym" needs some kind of airflow. I had the same problem last week. Was sure after 4 miles I was going to pass out of heat exhaustion.

Emz said...

What the crap is up with these "man cards"? NEVER heard that [ever] until yesterday when some guys from my hubby's work said it . . .and now you AND jamoosh throwing the man card statment around, in the SAME day?!

And . . .

. . hey . . who you calling swamp ass???

Colin Hayes said...

Well, I DID run track and cross-country in high school...and I would have been our #1 girl, had they let me compete with my wig and fake boobs. Not that I really had those...

Teamarcia said...

I totally wish I'd have run track in HS. The damn coach was begging me but I was way too cool. Track was too...well sweaty...as you found out in the hotel gym.

Jill said...

I DID run girls track in high school and at UNI (go Panthers!!) and I'm certain no one blogged about me! I'll pretend this was a tribute to me from my fast miles days in Iowa :).

inspiREDtorun13 said...

Really I'd like to have a do over on high school. I think based on what I know now I'd be more popular. LOL.

That said, I still don't think I would go out for track. Hobbies are less fun with someone yelling at you.

ShutUpandRun said...

Nothing to do with running, but one regret I have is not having gone into the Peace Corps. I was accepted two different times while in my 20s and didn't go for various reasons which were basically excuses to not leave my comfort zone. Wish I could talk to my 20 something self and give her a swift kick in the ass.

EricaH said...

I did high school track (sprints only) and used to think the girls doing anything over 400m were crazy. Now I am hoping my daughter will join the cross country team next year.

I wish I would have done more homework and this boy that sat behind me in Spanish (just kidding bout the second part or am I??) ;)

wendy_kresha@charter.net said...

Track, no. Not boys Or girls. But Cross Country, yes. Also, having watched my kids doing Nordic Skiing, I regret not going out for that, too.

Cynthia O'H said...

If I had to do it over, I don't know that I would run track in high school. I wanted to and I had the dedication but the coach had her dream team picked before try-outs even happened.

Now, when I see the dream team members and the other jocks on FB or at reunions, I can't believe what they've become. Me, my perserverance made me a lifer when it comes to health and exercise. If I were pushed when I was younger, I don't know if I'd be so passionate about running and fitness today.

RunningLaur said...

Yeah, I so should have run XC in hs. All of my friends did, it would have been fun, and maybe I'd have some base to be a faster runner now.
Eh, but then I wouldn't be where I am today.

It's supposed to break 100 today for the first time, so enjoy not being here!

Rad Runner said...

Your talking to the chick how walked the mile with the rest of the girls.. I can only imagine how fast I'd be now :)

BrianFlash said...

Get this - Emily Sisson from St. Louis skipped her senior season of track to run in some national meets. Her 3K time - 9:25 - the third fastest ever run by a high schooler at the distance.

Glenn Jones said...

Hmm. High School. I wish I would have known what girls were back then. Much less that the good looking ones were those doing sports. Yes. I was nerd *waaaaay* back before being a nerd was even popular. Sigh. Oh to be 18 with the experience of a 50 year old. Of course a lot of people would accuse me today of being 50 with the mind (and maturity) of an 18 year old. Oh well.

Chris Korn said...

I joined the Jr. High Track team and knew my career would be short lived when I lapped in the 800.