2015 Patriot League Indoor Championships | Day 1: Pre-Meet Behaviours

Just waiting for the Multi's to start their events

Just waiting for the Multi's to start their events

This past weekend was one of the most exhausting I've had in a long while.  About half my team and I left Boston Thursday morning around 10 and arrived in Annapolis, Maryland around 7 PM.  Yes, it was a 9 hour bus ride.  Luckily, I had a whole section of seats to myself so I could stretch out, and I pretty much slept the entire time. 

Look how much space it takes up!  I swear it looks bigger than the Boston U. track

Look how much space it takes up!  I swear it looks bigger than the Boston U. track

When we arrived in Maryland we had to go straight to the track because my coaches had to go to the coach's meeting that was scheduled at 7.  While they were there we just warmed up and stretched to get the kinks out.  It was also nice to get a feel of the track and the facility a few days in advance.  The Naval Academy has a hydraulic track so they can make it flat or banked at will.  According to my coach the bank is the same height as our track at BU, but I didn't (and still don't) believe her.  The track looked huge! And it seemed like running laps on it took forever! 😣

The first official day of the championship was Friday (the 20th ), and it began with the Heptathlon and Pentathlon.  I went to the track early and did a quick pre-meet workout with my teammates.  It was just getting in some starts on the in-field and on the curve, but they felt pretty good.  We were also able to stay and watch the first few events and cheer on our teammates before the bus came to take us back to the hotel.  One thing I love about Conference Championships is how close our team becomes and how much bonding we do.  At our home meets, people are always coming and going depending on when they start and finish running, so you don't always get to see everyone compete and cheer for them.  Conference is really when the majority of the team is all in one place at once, cheering each other on, and supporting each other.  Track can often feel like a loner sport, but conference is always a sure way to remind me that I'm part of a bigger picture, and I love that.

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Day 1 was pretty short when it comes to actually running, but I easily made up for my lack of it on Days 2 and 3.  Look out for those posts on how my races went later in the week.  Until then, Stay Active!

Gemma

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