Good: The good part of my race tonight was obviously the finish. Second place isn’t too shabby, although I definitely feel this was a race I could have easily won.
Bad: The bad part of it was the time. 7.34 is nothing fantastic, in fact it’s quite mediocre for me, but since it was faster than 6 other people that were in the same race, I’ll take it. My coach’s words of advice to me beforehand were to react to the gun and beat people, and so for the most part, I did that.
Ugly: The ugly part is for the stumble I took about 3 steps into the race. There isn’t much room for mistakes in a 60 meters and I definitely know that that small one was the difference between first and second. The bright side of it is though that I have something to work on. I hate the feeling of running a time I’m not thrilled with and not knowing what exactly needs improving or what I did wrong. I know this may not necessarily need to be categorized as extreme as ugly, but it makes for a nice title, don’t ya think?!
Getting through the first meet of the year is always a huge relief though. There is so much pent up anxiety when you haven’t competed for so long and just the process of getting back in to competition mode is always accompanied by a bit of nervousness. Such was the case tonight in Boston. My nerves actually stayed at bay for most of the night, which I found to be quite surprising. It wasn’t until the two false starts of the men’s race right before us that I started to get a bit antsy. Of course I always say you aren’t really ready to sprint unless your stomach is full of butterflies. If my leg isn’t shaking like I have turrets, chances are I’m not ready to run!
So if you aren’t doing anything Sunday afternoon, take a second to check out the coverage on ESPN 2. (3pm eastern I believe). My race is only 7 seconds long so you won’t be cutting into too much of your time by doing so. If nothing else, let me know if I was having a good hair day or not. I will miss the broadcast as I will be traveling back home and matters of that nature are extremely important to me.