Saturday, March 19, 2011

First Track Meet

The "victory signs" were their way of giving tribute to Japan.
As you can see in the photo above, the first track meet of the season was rainy and cold.  #1 ran the 4 by 100 (the first race of the meet).  Her team came in first.

#2 ran the 800 and the 1500.  That's him in blue and white.  He ran well for his first race, but learned a lot from this experience.  We think he should be a sprinter like his sister, but last year, we told her she should be running distance.  She proved us wrong, so what do we know?  The boys sprinting team has the best runner in the state on it.  #2 doesn't want to compete against him; he wants to win.  Can you blame him?

During the meet, the weather turned NASTY!  You can see the football field in the picture where #2 is running?  Compare it with this one.  Hail started in.  They took a ten minute break.  That's #1 out there in the black with her hands under her chin.  The hail went on and on and on.  This turned out to be a 4 1/2 hour meet.  Ugh!

I don't know what it is, but this photo speaks volumes about #1.  She's a "gaman" type of girl.  If you read the article about Japan that I shared in a previous post, that's #1.  I ABSOLUTELY loved the article, so here's the link again just in case you didn't read it the first time.

#1 ran the 400 and took first place.  She also ran the 4 by 400 (the very last race of the meet), so it was a long evening.  My toes were frozen.  I can't imagine how the runners keep their feet thawed so that they can run.

I got in a nice warm tub after getting home.  It took a long time to warm back up again.


Anonymous said...

wow!!! that is so awesome!! i wish i could run like that... i can barely run to the bathroom in time :)

Hesses Madhouse said...

HaHa! I hear you! Don't know where they get it.

vaxhacker said...

It's interesting... I was listening this morning to a radio interview with George Takai, who's working to help the people of Japan through this, and he mentioned the attitude of "gaman" and the dignity with which the people there are facing adversity. And I thought, "I know what that means, I read it on Julie's blog!" :)

Stef said...

Ahhh. Track meets. I was never really in track because I enjoyed running. I did the long jump just so I could hang out with the boys. But that looks like one cold meet. Ugh!

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