Oh yes, that Jamie is in fact me
You're probably wondering what that is, right? Well I hope that I'm not the only one who does this but I do Google myself every once in awhile. A few years ago I noticed that the results for a high school cross country meet were still online and I decided to check recently to see if it was still there. Even though this is from 1999, it still is! It is the only time from cross country that I can probably find but it is something. It's probably important to mention that it was only a 3 mile course (I figured that out by using a pace calculator), but that's still faster than any time I have clocked recently.
I'm shocked that my 14 year old self could run that fast! Probably not for the reason that you are thinking, though. There was something unfortunate that happened to me before that meet. Another student pulled me off of the bleachers before gym class and I fell to the ground bruising my tailbone, ONE day before the meet!
I couldn't swallow pills back then, sad I know, but I do remember my cross country coach giving me children's medicine (some sort of pain reliever) at the team dinner.
I know that I walked during that race. I was in pain from my tailbone, but more importantly I probably walked almost every meet back then, so how did I pull an 8:15 average pace? Probably because I was 14, that's why.
That's my motivation right now, I want to beat my 14 year old self! What's yours?
In completely unrelated news, anyone want to run with me (and Mike)?
We are trying to put together a team for the Reach the Beach Relay in New Jersey on October 12-13. Right now we have 7 people and are looking for 5 more! It's going to be a lot of fun and I'm going to get to meet a whole bunch of new people including Christine (she's from near where Mike grew up so she must be cool)! If that wasn't enough, a former high school cross country teammate of mine is going to be running with us. He even told me that my blog is what inspired him to start running again after a 5 year hiatus from the sport.
Want to have some fun? Want to run 200 miles in 24 hours with 11 other people? (Come on, you know you do!)