A Long Layoff

The last month has definitely been exciting for the Webb family as it meant the return to racing for Alan after 253 long days (8 months, 9 days). During that time it was tough for me even though my personal racing hit an all time high.

celebrating Alan's last victory April '11

——>So I’d love to give my 2 cents about the last 2 races and what’s about to come, but I don’t want Alan to feel he is living with a reporter. I’ll keep things under the table and save that for any race interviews. I want to respect his style which is run and let the legs do the talking. No excuses or explanations.<——

This past weekend at George Mason it was such a thrill for me to get the nerves again – different from when I race – but just as exciting when I saw Alan step to the line.

After the gun went off, it felt like time slowed for that next minute and 59 seconds. Watching every move I knew with the final backstretch lap when he was passed he would not give up without another fight. I also knew although it was a slower pace, he would still improve on his 1:55 from his last race, which is a small step in the right direction. Then coming around the final turn, I No one to blame here but mehad a perfect view of what went down… Alan. I don’t think I ever anticipated that coming. I knew I was the clumsy one who has tripped and fell numerous times in steeple races. Not Alan who makes fun of me when I come back scraped up covered in dirt from tripping in the woods on a long run.  I knew if it had to happen,  better now than in a big one. I knew he’d be ok, but definitely upset.

Speaking of falls, did I mention how great I am at it? Here is my personal favorite caught on camera during my junior year in college. I was getting little attention although I was winning the season opening steeplechase at Northern Iowa by over a half lap UNTIL this point in which I heard numerous yells and cheers as I pathetically got up and continued on.

Another favorite memory I have is during a summer running trip to Oregon. My friend Joe and I ran over 18 miles of hilly terrain on the Pacific Crest Trail one day and another 4 hour trek up and down South Sister Mountain the next. The result for one day was a total of 7 falls. No real injuries but lots of laughs. That’s the best thing about falling. You can always look back and laugh as long as the damage wasn’t permanent.

All I know is we are optimistic, excited and very thankful that 2012 is here and the races are coming. No need to say more, speed talks.

About runteamwebb

competitive runner, wife, mom, coach
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One Response to A Long Layoff

  1. Ryan McGrath says:

    One of my all-time favorite pictures. Not just of you, but of all things. I love it.

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