As my Winter/Spring/Summer 2014 racing season has come to a close, I thought it was only appropriate to write a little something about a whole lot of things. I started my year in Arizona with Oiselle’s Little Wing group and I think that experience set the tone for my entire year to this point.
So I’ve always had a thing for birds of prey. Every time I see a hawk perched by the side of the road I point and yell for everyone else to look! No one else usually cares.
You can’t even imagine my excitement to see one with some sort of animal in it’s mouth. I know it’s strange to be writing about predatory birds as a peace loving runner, but I like them!
Oiselle is all about “flyte,” but usually it is the sense of using running as a form of feeling fast and free. But let’s not forget about the birds who fight hard for their prize! The ones who feed on animals less fierce.
I’ve found that it’s easy to be polite about competition. A bird of prey doesn’t think less of a mouse or fish, it kills simply out of necessity and is grateful for its prey.
In running, I believe the competitive spirit relates well with these birds. Everyone is looking to fly, everyone wants to be the predator, and no one wants to be the prey.
I’ve spent the past month living in Tempe, Arizona with a bunch of Ladies from Bend, Oregon. We all refer to ourselves as birds. If it seems like an odd life, it has been. This month has been like nothing I’ve ever experienced.
It has been an entire month where my only purpose is to make myself a better runner. I don’t have a job out here, household chores are at a minimum (it’s not my house), and I’m surrounded by people who are all focused on doing the same thing as me.
I’ve been doing a lot of running, sleeping, and eating this month. When I’m not doing one of those three things, I’m usually talking about one of them with someone in the Little Wing group! In addition to that, I’ve been enjoying the wonderful January weather in Phoenix, AZ!
My time in Tempe has been more than just a month of great weather and trails! It has been awesome to share my time here with Little Wing! I have truly enjoyed getting to know each of my Oiselle teammates a little better. I’ve been able to gain insight on training, racing, and the general mindset of being an elite athlete from all of the women here. Everyone has had different experiences along the course of their own athletic careers and it’s so refreshing to hear each new story. Plus, their all just super fun and inspirational people!
I’m headed home tomorrow for a race this Saturday at Penn State! I’m excited to go home and see my husband, cat, coach, and all my friends! I’m racing the 3k this weekend! It’s my first race on the track since June so it will be fun to get my legs moving! I can’t wait! Yayayayay!