In the last month I have spent time at 3 track meets, which included the Vancouver Island High School Championships with my NDSS kids, which saw 7 of the kids move on to the BC Championships at the start of June. Unfortunately due to work and unwilling coworkers when it came to switching shifts, I was unable to attend those Championships. I also attended the Harry Jerome meet in Vancouver and the Victoria Track Classic.
The meets certainly got the itch back into me with regarding to stepping back on the track; however, as much as I want to do that, I won't attempt it this year. Should I be able to stay injury free for another year, I may consider a few fun races next year.
Highlights of Harry Jerome was watching Jessica Smith hit the A standard in the 800 and also watching Malindi Elmore run in person. While she didn't achieve the results she was looking for due to likely jet lag, I always enjoy watching her run in person. Not to mention Natasha Wodak run a new best of 4:24, which is great considering she is mostly a dominating road runner now!
Natasha Wodak (#2)
As for the Victoria Track Classic, I again enjoyed multiple races. With a former NDSS student and now UVic student Forrest Simpson breaking the 4 minute barrier in the 1500m, and current NDSS students Rebecca and Miryam Bassett running new pb's of 4:41 in the 1500. Again, it was neat watching Hilary Stellingwerff, who has already achieved A standard in the 1500, run a fast 800 for speed work. Plus Nate Brannen getting ready for his Olympic run in the 1500. Although I may not run track anymore, I did grow up in the sport and will always be a huge fan.
Rebecca (#15) and Miryam (#19)
Nate Brannen going for the win
Women's 800 down the back stretch (Hilary #7)
That takes me pretty much up to date. Next up, report on the Longest Day 5km from this past Friday. I think I'll make a new post though. Stay tuned, either today or tomorrow (hopefully).