Tomorrow I will run my second race as a Brooks Beast. Our distance women’s crew is putting together a team for the club cross country championships in Bend, Oregon. Although this race isn’t a huge deal in the elite running world in terms of money or prestige, it is so much fun to get to compete on a team. Since graduating from college, the only times I have gotten to run for other people as been representing the U.S. or last year with Team USA Minnesota at club xc nationals. There is something about competing for a team that can bring out the best in people, especially if they care for one another. I am still getting to know my teammates (Angela Bizzari, Jessica Tebo, Deb Maier, and Brie Felnagle), but they are all awesome women, and I want to make them proud.
The course is a tough one – we are just about always going uphill or downhill on the course, and I was winded just doing the pre-meet. But I do well with tough conditions and courses, so I’m excited!