The Les Duke Invite

Workouts, mile repeats, and the extra effort are all a grind that runners suffer through, but races are a totally different animal. Same concept with the Les Duke Invite.

The 5 hour bus drive was enough for us to want to go crazy, but you learn how to pass the time with cards against humanity and movies.

The dinner before the meet was not the greatest. The pasta tasted as if it were recently microwaved. I’ve had better dinner’s from my freezer, but it was paid for and I am thankful.

When you think about it, it’s not about the food, it’s about the bonding time. I’ve never been able to click with teammates like I am now.

Hotels are always hit or miss, you never know what kind of quality sleep you’re going to be getting, but thankfully, there were no bed bugs and no 7 year olds screaming down the halls.

Race morning was chilly to say the least. It’s weird running in 70-80 degree weather and then going down to the 50’s. Don’t get me wrong it felt great on the warmup, but it steadily got hotter.

Sadly, I was not able to race this meet due to conduct violations, but I had a blast at my first out of town meet. Iowa is hilly, and the first 800 meters of the course were sure to remind you.

Both the men’s and women’s teams put up a good fight against strong competition. No one was injured during the race and everyone finished. On to the next.

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