Thursday night, I was feeling a bit under the weather. Not a lot, my sinuses were getting that yucky feeling that somehow tastes bad. My stomach was a bit iffy as well. So, I packed up my AV Fair Wave Race flyers, my medals from last year’s High Desert Runners Grand Prix Points Contest, my wife and headed to the XC Race series. I spent my time passing out flyers and explaining the wave race. Oh, and I monitored the finish chute during the 5k. Cheryl stayed at our booth to take race registrations.
The medals? I still have some of the top 50 medals from last years points contest. I brought them and tried to match them up with their recipients. I did give out a few to Jim Haskett, Gaby Evey and the Arvidsons.
For all this work, as an official race helper, I earned one point in the race series. In the process, however, I lost ground. Krysti, the points leader earned 1 so I did not lose ground on her, but Erik won his age group. His previous best placing was 3rd, so this got him an extra two. On top of that, Steve Brumwell ran a fast mile race, placing 2nd overall. He took 2nd place, just over 6 minutes, after stopping and going back 10 meters to pick up his dropped key. Wow. 2nd overall is worth 10 points. He passed me to take over the 3rd position in the race. Ce La Vie…
Yesterday, Friday, we had a nice day at the Hillview practice. We ran an easy 2 and a half and them played a few rounds of Frisbee golf. It was warm, but the sprinklers were on. We had fun!
Today, I went to Mt SAC. I did not go to run, but to learn. The LA84 foundation helds periodic clinics for coaches. Today the featured speaker was renown coach Joe Vigil! He is a sharp and knowledgeable man. Of course, his incredible lifetime of experience has given him quite a library of stories. This man has coached numerous national championship teams at Adams State College in Colorado (where former Hillview runner Alyssa Selve, now competes, btw). He has coached elite runners including Olympic medalists Meb Keflezighi and Deena Kastor. He explained a lot about the art and the science of training.