July 3, 2016

U.S. Olympic Time Trials: Track & Field

Coming from a long line of runners, it was natural that my siblings and I all ran track and/or cross country at some point. In my case I ran track for six years and cross country for four years. When I learned that the U.S. Olympic Time Trials for track and field were to be held in Eugene I was stoked! I hadn't been to a track meet since high school and this was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I couldn't pass up. Andy and I purchased our tickets and waited for the big day to arrive-- I think mostly I did the waiting, he had never been to a track meet before and didn't know what to expect.

We woke up early Saturday morning and headed to historic Hayward Field. We watched all kinds of events: long jump, high jump, pole vault, shot put, discus, javelin, 100 meter, 400 meter, 800 meter, and the 10,000 meter run. Andy and I both agreed that watching the women's 10,000 and the men's and women's long jump were our favorite events. We were both amazed at how fast the women could run 25 laps around the track, it was just over thirty minutes--they were really fast! It was also amazing to see how far both the men and women could jump. The exercise scientist in me, enjoyed looking at their toned and muscular bodies and watching the muscles contract-- I know nerdy.

Women's 10,000 meter run.

These lovely ladies just qualified for the Olympics.

So excited for them!

Me and Andy trying to stay cool.

Love the "Run Forever" message.

Andy & I.

Was it worth sitting in the hot sun all day? You bet! I'm excited for all of the athletes who qualified for the Olympic Team and wish them the best in Rio!