Mid-season diary: Megan Siebert
Oct. 18, 2012
Hey Longhorn fans!
We just got back from the Pre-Nationals meet in Kentucky where we ran the NCAA Nationals course, which we really liked. We are all feeling really good about the meet last weekend. Our mentality was just to go out strong, believe in ourselves and do what we know we can do. And we did awesome.
As we get further and further into the season, workouts have been getting more intense and directed toward our goals. From the beginning of the year until now, we have continued to improve week by week. Our times progressively get faster. Our bodies feel fresher, more able, ready and prepared to compete at the level we are striving for.
Being part of a team is one of the greatest gifts. We get to travel, explore, train, experience success and failure, but no matter what, we are all doing it together, not individually. This season, we are big on all holding each other accountable. When we’re in a workout and you know the person next to you should stay with you, you make them stay with you. Don’t let them fall behind. We push each other and hold each other accountable for what we say we want.
Everyone has their up days, and everyone has their down days. Everyone is going to have their little bump in the road, and you are just going to have to get over it. Some people have it their first race, some people have it their last race and some have it in the middle. You need to learn to get by it. If you learn to get by it it’s one of the biggest strides you could have. That’s what Coach Sisson is trying to teach us – that as a runner, you need to be mentally ready to hit those walls, and get over them. Because if you can’t get over them then they’re going to keep you from being as great as you can be.
We are so excited to have the Big 12 Championships in Austin next weekend! For us, it’s like showing off our school and our town to our conference. We’re representing Texas. We’re here, our families are here and the Austin community is here. We want to show them what we can do, what we wake up at 6am every morning for, why we put on our shoes and train and compete, what we struggle with just to get this point. To see the work we’ve done to get to this point is a really big thing and bumps up your confidence. It gets you ready for Regionals. We’re ready.
There is no greater feeling than wearing the Burnt Orange and representing The University of Texas. It means so much and gives me such a sense of pride and honor. When I run, train or compete, I am pushed and motivated by constantly reminding myself that I am a Longhorn – I am Texas.
See you next Saturday at Jimmy Clay Golf Course for the Big 12 Championships. Hook 'em!