April 12, 2013
Wait... a weekend off?
This past weekend Loyola Track and Field was divided once again. We sent a crew to the Pepsi Florida Relays at Florida University and the Chicagoland Championships at Lewis University. There were mixed reviews about the weekend. I know the Florida crew had warm weather and some big marks, while the Lewis participants had to battle Chicago style winds and settle for weather inhibited results.
However, I was a part of the non-competing squad this weekend. With long, hard races being run at Stanford and NC State a large chunk of Ramblers, myself included, were on campus training and relaxing this past weekend.
As two and three season athletes, the Rambler cross country and track team members are unfamiliar with a weekend that doesn't involve travel, competition, and intensity. Some athletes headed home for the weekend and others stuck around the city. I stayed in Chicago and was able to appreciate some downtime. On Saturday, I slept in, had a big breakfast, went to the movies, and watched some Final Four basketball. Sunday was long run day and instead of running our typical Lakefront route, I took to some nice trails in the suburbs.
This low key weekend allowed me to relax a little, enjoy the simplicity of distance running, and get well rested for the weeks ahead. As athletes we tend to get caught up in competition and it can sometimes lose its value. After taking a weekend off, I am rejuvenated, motivated, and hungry to compete again. Our entire team is hungry and ready to take on the next wave of competition.
There is nothing more lethal than a hungry athlete. WATCH OUT.