Saturday, December 3, 2011

What's better than one blog post?? Two!

Hey guys!

We forgot to update you on Dal's first Army Ten Miler experience! The race was held in Washington D.C. and he was privileged enough to not only represent Ft. Lewis but also the National All-Army Team!

The race began at the Pentagon and wove its way through vacant government streets, around monuments and across pebble stone bridges. (If you wanna check out the awesome course click here)

Teams represented at the race included International teams, all the army bases across the U.S. and branches of ROTC. The total number of runners exceeded 22,000! Dal's All-Army Team took home the 1st place honors, beating an array of teams including Brazil and Canada.

Although Dal threw his hip out of place stepping in a grate at mile 4 :( it was still a good experience and really prepared him for big time road racing- something he hasn't been exposed to in the past.

While we were there we also were able to spend some time hanging out with Joe and Tammy, along with Buck- Dal's bro. Dal and the team spent their post race days schmoozing with Army folk at a large conference that was held in conjunction with the race. This was also a great experience for him. He was able to see a different side of the Army--most large contracting firms were represented as well as many high ranking officers.

When Dal had team time, I grabbed a Metro card and went exploring. I was able to see the monuments while chasing Dallas around the 10 mile course, but now I was able to go into the Holocaust Museum, the Museum of National History, roam around the National Lawn and run through Old Town Virginia and beside the beautiful canal. I have been to Washington D.C. during the time when my Aunt worked in the Pentagon, but it never fails to hit me in a powerful way. The history in D.C. is like no other place in the U.S.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Cross Country Crazies

Hi guys! Lots of Cross Country news to report on!

We have been quite busy lately with the end of the high school cross country season as well as the beginning of ours.

Here is a recap on our high school seasons:
Dallas and Mark's team, Gig Harbor, won the 4A State Cross Country Championships on the boys side! A couple weeks later, they also qualified for Nike Team Nationals and will be competing this coming weekend down in Oregon. They have a very solid team and we will try to keep you updated on how they do.
Bellarmine Prep, the school I coach at, earned 2nd place honors at the 4A Girls State race with an outstanding performance by each athlete. We couldn't have asked for more and were insanely proud of them. The point spread between the top three finishing teams was 11 points and was one of the most exciting races I have seen.
Here is the link to the results if you are curious:

Gig Harbor Boys Results

Bellarmine Prep Girls Results

As for our personal cross country season, it began at the Pacific Northwest Cross Country Championships at Upper-Lower (I know, weird.) Woodland Park in Seattle. It was our training group's "rust buster" and a crazy hard/fun course. It was a great race to open at seeing as the hills and 180 turns made us focus on effort instead of time. Im attaching some pictures of us, as well as a few of the people we train with for you guys to check out :)

Asher Kyger Henry... Not the best shot :) And I can't decide if  that is my hair or not!
Dallas Henry... With the Army Jersey!
Mark Wieczorek... He ran with Dal for 5k for his workout. Silly 800m runners :) 
Dan McLean

Mike Lynes
Our Coach, Matt Ellis... No no, not the man confused about why there isn't dumbbells for the winners. :)