I must say, most civilians (those not obsessed with track and field) love combined events. They don’t always know what the heptathlon is, nor do they know how to respond after I recite the list of events. But they are always so enthusiastically and genuinely interested in learning more about the training, the mind state, the challenges, and the rewards.
The 100m race, on the other hand, needs no introduction. While chucking a spear or hurdling over obstacles may not be relatable to the average person, arguably everyone with legs has sprinted as fast as they can at some point in their lives, and many people around the world eagerly tune in for the 100m events at major championships.
Ladies and gentlemen, I now join the legions of people in love with the 100m race! I ran my first 100m race (since grade 3 or so) yesterday at the AO National Standards Meet at York University.
My time of 12.03s beats my coach’s and roommate’s predictions of 12.4 and 12.35 respectively (my own coach!!!) and puts me in the top 20 in the country. More importantly, it was a blast!!!! I felt like I was right back in elementary school, racing the boys.
Which reminds me of a story:
My roommates Caro and Amanda and I were doing some shopping at the local grocery store a few weeks ago when a group of 4 or 5 guys stopped us. “You look fast. Are you guys fast??” they asked. One thing led to another and before I knew it I was on the starting line, or rather, behind a crack in the pavement in the grocery store parking lot. My heart was racing and my legs were tingling. Go time.
Needless to say, that night they had the privilege of being beaten by a girl.
I’m looking forward channeling this newfound 100m gal while running the 200m in the heptathlon at the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Moncton next week! Hope to see you there!