I didn’t get that many reps in, but I did have a good time learning what to do.
I’m not sure how many 90-minute crash courses in hurdling Rollins has done, but I was impressed with the one he put together for me.
I felt like I really understood everything he was teaching, from popping my forehead with my lead fist to “knocking the bee off” my trail leg.
We went through the whole pre-practice/pre-meet stretching routine with him explaining why we did each stretch and warmup.
He showed a lot of patience as I overthought various steps of the process, too.
It was pretty much exactly what I was hoping for when I thought up this line of stories: Learn how to do it then embarrass myself trying to put those lessons into practice.
OK, this wasn’t too embarrassing: Like I said, I wasn’t injured. But we did cop out a little by going to only a partial hurdle.
That was the coach’s idea, and I didn’t complain.
It all made sense as we were going over it.. it’s just tough to simulate really doing it.
There’s no half speed in hurdles, you know?
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You’re either doing it or you’re not because a lot of different parts have to come together to go over a hurdle while running, and if anything doesn’t go right, you are probably going to end up with a face full of track.
I like my friends who work for the Xenia Township emergency squad, but I would rather see them in a more casual setting.
I ended up none the worse for wear. I got some sun and came home with some sore PCLs in my knees, but otherwise I felt pretty good the next day.
While the highlights of my trip to Greene County can be found above, a more extended version is available on Facebook.
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