NCAA Championship diary: Mia Behm
June 11, 2010
Hey Longhorn fans,
Well we've been here in Eugene, Ore., since Monday for the 2010 NCAA Track and Field Championships and so far it's been a great experience. I ran on Monday and then got some quick workouts in on Tuesday and Wednesday. I'm racing tonight in the 5,000m final so I'm excited that it's finally my race day.
Since the meet started on Wednesday, we've all been going out to the track to support our teammates and the week itself has been pretty chill. The track at Hayward Field is pretty awesome. There are so many fans that come out to watch the races and are all extremely knowledgeable. They know when there's a good jump or a good javelin throw and cheer not just for Oregon but for good performances. Yesterday, there were over 11,000 people there and apparently the place is sold out today and tomorrow. It's really cool knowing that all of those people will be watching my race.
The weather has been rainy and very cool but it should be pretty ideal for my race tonight. The temperatures are supposed to be in the upper 60s and sunny so it should be perfect and I hope I can take advantage. It will probably be equivalent to the conditions I raced in at Stanford, which was a huge race for me and hopefully I can put on the same type of performance.
Knowing my race is tonight is exciting but I'm also pretty anxious. It will be fun but it's been a long wait. After my race at the West meet, I think I became more confident because now I know I can kick at the end and if nothing else I can catch people at the end of the race. But it also gave me confidence that if things aren't going as I want, I can make adjustments, thanks to Steve's training. We did a lot of workouts where we practiced shifts and kicks at the end so I feel more prepared now.
Other than that, the team has just been enjoying our time out here. We all get along so well and it's been a great experience. The other night we played this game called Fish Bowl, which is basically like a charades, and it was a lot of fun. It was a good chance for us to take our mind off of the competition for a bit and relax, which is needed sometimes.
Well I'm off to get ready for my race, wish me luck and thanks for all the support!