“It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want—oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”
~ Mark Twain
I wish I could say it feels like spring here in the Boston area. It doesn't. Last Friday, the first day of spring, it was a whopping 21 degrees out, windy as hell and there was not a bird in sight. The next morning, it was snowing. Not flurrying. Steadily snowing and accumulating. WTF??!! True, it has gotten a bit warmer since then, but not much. The upside? When spring does arrive, none of us will be able to wipe the huge perma-grins off of our faces. Talk about spring fever. Despite the weather, a lot of big "spring" things are still happening. The Boston Marathon is a mere four weeks away. My kids' spring break is right after that (hello Florida). And despite the fact that the ground is still covered in snow, our high school spring track season is officially underway. We have 104 girls on our squad this year. The boys have almost as many. We do have an indoor facility, which is awesome, but throw 200+ kids into a field house for warmups and you have complete and utter chaos. Space is ridiculously tight and you can barely hear yourself think let alone hear each other. Needless to say, the first few days were a bit rough from a logistical standpoint. For most of that week, temps didn't get above 30, so we were stuck indoors. All of us. On Friday, the distance squad (milers and 2 milers) headed out for some hill work. Hill repeats are hard. Hill repeats when you're cold are harder. Not surprisingly, they rocked it.
FIRST DAY OF SPRING
Yesterday, it was 45 degrees and sunny which basically felt like summer. All the girls were sporting shorts and tees and were beyond thrilled to be outside. We headed over to the track, which has anywhere from 1-3 open lanes depending on where you are on the oval, and is soaking wet with puddles everywhere. Not ideal for a group of 24 girls trying do a workout together. But beggars can't be choosers. Once again, they rocked it.
FIRST DAY ON THE TRACK
1 MILE TIME TRIAL
Mother Nature works in mysterious ways. This winter she has tested our strength and patience like never before. I'm still trying to figure out whether or not I passed. But, rather than sit around and complain about it, these girls have simply upped their game. For them, there is no question as to whether or not it can be done....just how. And they are always up for the challenge. Spring fever? Yep. Spring track? It's on. Spring weather? Who cares?! GO LEX!
THE DISTANCE SQUAD
Listen to this:
Forgive & Forget - The Kooks
* Image at the top of the page was taken from the GOOGLE home page on the first day of spring.