RRCA Roads Scholar Lex Williams (2011) is competing in the 1500m at the U.S. Olympic Trials this month in Eugene, OR. Lex also developed as a runner through the RRCA member Ann Arbor Track Club's Youth Division. He is blogging about his experiences and has graciously allowed the RRCA to share these written reflections.
Yesterday was a low key pre-meet day. Woke up, made some oatmeal and checked on the chickens that live at my Airbnb. They laid 2 eggs!
I met Will in the late morning for a pre-meet easy run and some strides at South Eugene HS, where we bumped into a bunch of other runners competing at the trials and had a nice group of about 10 people to start the run. I always go through my entire warmup routine post-run, before strides, which consists of dynamic stretching and drills. We clicked off a couple 100m strides just feeling out 1500m pace and testing the gears a bit, just getting the legs tooling around.
After the run, I headed to Market of Choice to grab a sandwich, then to Hayward Field to get a new bib ironed on - Saucony gave me a shiny new red singlet to wear at the trials!
I had the opportunity to watch some of the Hammer competition while I was at the track, and sat in the stands with some of my friends from Illinois State University. It's always inspiring to see athletes make the Olympic team, regardless of their event or discipline. I am a massive track and field fan and I appreciate the drive, determination, and skill of athletes in every event.
In the evening, my coach: Ron Warhurst, arrived from Portland with my girlfriend who both landed at PDX within an hour of each other. They drove straight to Will's house and we all met up and had a very nice dinner together out on the deck with a view of the beautiful Oregon hills.
A very nice pre-meet day.