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MW Conference 1/2

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My Coach knows what he is talking about. If I listen to him, the result is usually good, but if I don’t, the result is something else… Like yesterday. It’s been quite hot and windy here in Fresno. Yesterday was the steeplechase race, and I had only one thing in my mind: to get the Regional Qualifier, no matter what. Coach told me to stay in the pack until the last kilometer and then run for the win, but I didn’t want to take a risk of running a slow time that wouldn’t be enough to qualify. So I kept my mind and paced the entire race, until the wind was too much, and 500m before the finish I just couldn’t find the second gear anymore. I finished second, which was disappointing, and ran a time of 10.14, which was even more disappointing, though it was enough to get to run in the Regional meet in a couple of weeks. What annoys me the most is that I didn’t feel too exhausted in the finish, but I just couldn’t pull the kick anymore. If I had listened to my Coach, I probably could have run a faster time and even win the race. But I have to be grateful that I got to race after the health problems I had during the past couple of weeks. And it was fun!! I will still compete in 5k today, we will see how that ends up..! I am ready to run faster in the Regionals and hopefully qualify to the Nationals, too….

 

Trust yourself. Trust your Coach. Trust the process.

 

Minttu

 

Photos: Scott Elliott

 

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Bleeding Blue

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It’s not about me – it’s about the team. I wish to forget the past and move on. All the failures can be very important lessons. In the long run, all these hardships can be blessings in disguises. This weekend I’m bleeding blue for my fellow Broncos. No matter how much it hurts, no matter if I can breath or not – we are all in this together. I will give my everything. We have the work to do. I choose not to be afraid.

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