It’s been a sad morning. We dropped grandma and grandpa off at the airport early this morning, and L is missing them today. Goodbyes are hard! But we had a great time playing tourist in Texas.
My in-laws happily babysat so we could get out for an evening, and my husband suggested catching the track and field meet at Rice University. It was a blast! I think the last time I was at a track meet was when I ran in middle school, and in that setting my1:30 was good enough for second place in the 400m. Ha!
This meet was the real deal. Before each new distance, we would try to guess what the best finishing times would be for the men and women. And they blew us away every time. It was so inspiring!
Here’s an example of their capabilities: the men’s 400 winner came in at 49.38 seconds, the 800 best time was 1:51.07 and the 5k was 14:27.
The women’s 100 dash winner came in at 11.74 seconds, the 400 in 55.56, and the 800 best time was 2:12.
The night before, one of Rice’s women broke the school’s 5k record with 16:03. She had just broke the 10k record a few weeks earlier with a time of 32:40, which makes her eligible for the Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon. How cool would it be if she went all the way and I could say I saw her in a college track meet?
It was one of my favorite dates in a long time.
Have you ever gone to a track meet (or participated in one)? Unfortunately, this was the last one of the season, but I can’t wait to go back!