"> THE LIFE OF A RUNNING DOLPHIN: Race Week - Jacksonville University Official Athletic Site
"The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat at the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching."

It's been four months since we finished track season. It's has also been four months since we started preparing for this week's event. Saturday's race is for many of us the first opportunity in months to see where we stand compared to conference and national competition; to see how much our hard work will pay off. It's been a long summer of hard training and a month of continuing to move forward and approaching competitive shape here at school. It's only a step on the way towards championship day, however, mentally this race means a whole lot to see how tough our head and bodies are. Our rival UNF and nationally ranked Florida, as well as other teams, will give us a solid fight for good times and good spots so it is going to be a really exciting session.

Despite this being a competition week, we are training pretty much as normal, and it started off with one of the most interesting runs I have ever had. Svenja (Meyer) and I took a journey into the jungle off the beach and got, well, a little lost. I felt like a true blood Viking running with a stick to fight off and protect the German Sheppard (aka Svenja) from the evil banana spiders. Of course, most of them ended up in my face - it's good for one's complexion right?

After jumping some natural obstacles, we found our way out and finished our long run with cooling off in the ocean with some of our other team mates - seriously its one of the best feelings that exists.

The rest of the week has been used for easy runs and a solid mile session on Wednesday. Tonight, we eat dinner here in Jacksonville before we drive over to Gainesville to spend the night. At 8 a.m., the gun goes off, and I know there are quite a few nervous girls (and boys) who are ready to take it all out. This is when running gets fun. Competition time.