13 days til Club Cross Country Champs. A continuation of looking at the history of Webb cross country highlights!
Race #13 – Julia’s first xc race
2000 New London Invitational- Wisconsin – 4K course
I joined cross my senior year after running my first 5K road race sporting my Dennis Rodman kicks in 21:15 (and what might have been my longest run ever) on Labor Day. For my first meet I had no idea what to expect only that I wanted to prove that I was tough and push through the pain that comes from not having any formal training under your belt.
During the warm up I proceeded to run as slow as humanly possible because I thought in order to have strength to make it 2.5 miles I would need to conserve all that energy now. I also had made sure I ate an enormous breakfast of banana, eggs, cereal and a sausage biscuit because once again the more food I ate, the more energy I would have to run that far.
As the gun went off I nervously went out hard with the leaders, pushed even harder the middle mile, almost threw up the final 800 where my legs became jello-like and produced zero kick. It could have been the sausage biscuit or just my lack of fitness. Thankfully I put some distance on the rest of the pack, so I managed to hold 7th place and run 15:40. I remember thinking mid-race as I was gasping for air, legs on fire, “this is probably the same pain of actually dying. Why I am I doing this to myself?!”
The sensation was quickly forgotten when they called me up for awards and realized I was likely hooked on running for life. I was so proud to get a medal. Only the really good athletes get these and now that means I must be good too! My 7 years of basketball commitment had never given me this much pride in working hard. Later that night I just happened to have my medal to show off at the varsity football game.