Before I get into my recap of a weekend in Eugene with the Brooks team for the Olympic Track Trials, two quick things:
- Yesterday’s 5k. As I mentioned in my recap, all the timing and everything was so messed up… but their online results show that I was only 5 seconds away from a PR! If I go by my Garmin time, it was only 20 seconds. Which one would you take as your “time” for the race?
- Speaking of 5ks… did you watch the men’s prelims for the 5000m yesterday?! I was momentarily heartbroken when I saw that Riley Masters and Garrett Heath from the Brooks Beast team took 7th and 8th in their heat… but ended up advancing based on their race time! Woo woo!
On Friday morning, I grabbed an early morning flight and headed to Portland to meet up with the RunHappy Ambassadors to head to Eugene for the Olympic Track Trials!
We were welcomed with warm arms into Camp Brooks, where Brooks turned a frat house on the Oregon campus into running nirvana for the trials. I roomed with Kristen and it immediately brought me back to my college dorm days.
After settling in, we headed over to the track to watch a few races — including the Men’s 10,000M Finals. I have enough thoughts on this to share in a separate post (including some thoughts on whether I agree with Galen’s approach to his qualifying races…).
And of course, what’s a trip to Eugene without some amazing food!?
Before we headed out to watch more of the Olympic Track Trials, we woke up for a shake-out run with the Brooks team! The views in Eugene are AMAZING.
And did I mention the weather? Currently, we are experiencing 100+ degree temps down here in Austin, so I totally loved the 20 degree drop in temps… even if it was momentarily.
On Saturday, we watched some more of the amazingness and I must admit, I got caught up in some of the field events. For one, we saw the world’s longest long jump for the year (!!!) and also got to watch some javelin and pole vault. The javelin is just SO intriguing to me. I don’t even know how you get started in that!
For our very special lunch with Garrett and Riley (yes, the same two mentioned above), Brooks picked us up in style:
I can’t even remember the last time that I rode in a limo, but it was fabulous. Even more fabulous? Sitting down with two of America’s fastest runners just days before they rocked a race to move on to hopefully represent the U.S. in the Olympics!
Garrett and I bonded over the Packers (it is going to be our year), and we talked about everything and anything related to running. It was really interesting to learn more about their daily running schedule with the distances that they currently run!
After adventuring around Eugene and hanging out at Camp Brooks, we went out for one last special meal at a local winery.
Have I mentioned how beautiful Oregon is?!
The next morning, we all had early morning flights to make it back home, which was so bittersweet. It was such an amazing weekend in Eugene watching the Trials and learning more about upcoming things from Brooks (I have some good things to share in the next few weeks, stay tuned!).
Having the opportunity to go to the U.S. Olympic Track Trials was absolutely amazing, and I am so thankful for Brooks extending an invite for me to join them. Seeing professional athletes at their sport is such an amazing inspiration and always gets me ready to dig deeper to hit that PR that I’ve been fighting for (even though I’m calling it a new-old PR, I have a hard time calling it a PR).
Thoughts on my “official” time for yesterday’s race?
What’s your favorite track and field event? Do you prefer to watch sporting events on TV or in person?
How do you find your inspiration to stay motivated?
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