With districts ahead of us, we have been doing as much as we can to prepare. This included harder workouts and faster runs. The cold weather has finally come and we are prepared for it to get even colder.
The past week has brought us some rainy runs, windy runs and some extremely cold runs. But that is not stopping us. We are outside training as much as we can and putting in the workouts to take us to the state championship. The District 3 course is one of the harder courses we will run, but we won’t let that stop us. The first mile is flat and usually goes by fast. It isn’t until right before the mile mark where the course changes. You go from a relatively flat course to hills everywhere you look. You finish one hill and almost immediately go into another with slight downhills in between.
The course then changes again not long after the second mile mark. There is a famous hill that is known as “Kill Hill.” That hill is about 50 feet long and at what feels like a 90 degree angle. That is the hill where every hill workout comes into play. Every other hill in the course is irrelevant. You don’t remember any of the other hills, you always remember “Kill Hill.”
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But, after the pain and suffering beyond the hill, you have the longest downhill to recover and you continue to go downhill until almost the finish line. That’s about 3/4 of a mile that is all downhill. When you finally reach the end, you have a slight incline and then a long straight-away for giving it everything you have left.
You don’t know if state qualifying is right in front of you or if it is 50 people in front of you. All you know to do is sprint, and you sprint until you can’t sprint anymore.