Oct. 19, 2010
Hey Blazer Fans!
Last weekend we traveled to Fayetteville, Ark. to race at one of the most important and competitive cross country meets in the NCAA. Every single one of us has been training hard and giving our best every time that we put our running shoes on. The Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival was a great opportunity for our team to show everyone how talented we are and how hard we have worked out for the past weeks. We were all very excited to race at this meet.
The race was scheduled for Saturday at 10:30 a.m. We woke up Saturday morning around 6:30 a.m. to do a shake out and have a light breakfast afterwards. I think all of us were feeling nervous and excited at the same time. In my point of view, being a bit nervous before competition is a very good sign. It means you care about what you are doing. We headed to the course at 8:30 a.m., and when we got there thousands and thousands of people were already there either to run or to watch.
We started to warm up around 9:30 a.m., already having in mind that we were going to race in just an hour. At 10:30 a.m. the gun went off and a total of 65 teams and 470 girls started to run as fast as they could. The start of the race was literally crazy; almost five hundred runners were trying to get into a not very wide course. This race was a challenge but all the people cheering distracted us so we were not as focused on the physical pain that we were going through.
Once the competition was over, some of us felt better, some of us felt worse, some of us did what they expected and some of us thought that they didn't run as good as they wanted. But, I think that we all gave our best effort during those 5000 meters and that is all that matters. When you give your best at anything you do, you can have two kinds of results: positive or negative. But, if you never try to give your best, there is no way that you will ever get any good outcome from what you do.
The UAB cross country team always tries its best and has a spirit of sacrifice and discipline. The most important thing is that we LOVE what we do, and that is the only way to reach success. Our next chance to show it is at the Conference USA Championship on November 1st .