Congratulations to Frances for a truly spectacular race in Scotland! Frances was 8th overall, 3rd American, and among the world class runners she beat was the reigning European Cross Country champion. Those facts, incredibly impressive as they are, do not do justice to how hard Frances ran, and how difficult the conditions were. For some insight on that, I present Frances's race report.
Definitely the hardest race I've ever run. 50mph wind gusts, ankle deep mud, ice cold creeks and puddles, crazy hills, rolled my ankle on lap 2 and if that wasn't enough, it decided to snow/ice the last lap. I had no idea where I was in the race place wise, and just ran my hardest the whole way. I had to summon a kick the last 100m which was fun. I couldn't feel my fingers or toes for a good thirty minutes afterwards, and the feeling coming back wasn't a pleasant one! The trainer had to cut my laces to get me out of my spikes, which were duct-taped on.
Not to belabor the point, but with Frances's combination of superb talent and dogged determination, there's no telling what she can do in the next two years, and I sure am looking forward to seeing her represent GRC at the highest levels of the sport.
We will have practice on Wednesday night. The where part of the equation is still uncertain, but with any luck the track at BCC will be clear, and we can get back to our normal routine. I will do a recon tomorrow morning, and once I have a better feel for whether we're likely to be able to use the track, I'll send an update. If we have to find an alternate location, I'll let you know, so stay tuned for workout details.
One way or the other, I'll see you Wednesday.
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