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Fri, Aug. 1st, 2008, 08:58 pm
So I have moved..

I am no longer blogging here but rather I am here:
http://carawrites.blogspot.com/ ( this is a short story or well maybe not so short story I am working on)
and
http://carabyrd.blogspot.com/ (this is my everyday life)

Mon, Sep. 10th, 2007, 08:51 pm



Isn’t amazing sometimes what life brings you. I have had a very good last couple of days. The highlights include:
-PRed in my 5k! I am ever so close to breaking 21…
-Flocast/flotrack wants me as an intern
-My team is amazing
- I am not as bad off as Brittney Spears
I will write more later.
Cara

Wed, Sep. 5th, 2007, 01:52 pm
A race is a race?

Miles this week: 13 miles
Miles this month: 13 miles
A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways they're capable of understanding.”- Pre
The question is how do you make this work art? Early this week, I had a discussion with one of the new runners on the team who has never raced before. He asked me what he needed to do and what to expect. For once in my life, I could not explain it. I did say that there will be people who sprint out like mad and then will die. There is also a bit of jostling, but not to let that bother you. I could not tell him how to race. There are different theories and strategies to racing a race, no matter what distance. Until, you race your first race, you have no idea what works for you and what doesn’t. I have not quite found out what works for me yet, but I do know some strategies that do not work.

1)Starting out in a Sprint- This is the typical freshman mistake. You get so excited that you just sprint out and then lead for the next 400-800m then get passed and then die. I did this almost all through high school, and still do it today if I do not watch myself. I am not saying that I don’t start out fast, but I start out at a decent fast pace but I do not need to run my first mile a full minute faster than my second. I have found that if I go out fast enough say 20 seconds faster than my second mile, I race a lot better. To find out more about this idea runner’s world has a good article: http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-238-244-259-11738-0,00.html

2)Going out slow- I have found that when I personally go out slow, I can’t seem to pick up my pace. Going out at a medium fast pace allows me to get in a good position, and then I begin to pick up people. It does not matter if you can go a full minute faster in your last mile if your first two miles were slow. I would say hold some energy back in the tank but you do not want to be caught boxed in or in a bad position.

3)Basing your pace off of someone else- My senior year of High School at the State Cross Country meet, I was about a minute off of our first girl. This was not unusual for this is how I usually ran, what was unusual about this was that I was a minute off my PR. If I had kept up with her, I would have been on pace for what I normally ran. Instead, I expected myself to be that far behind her and did not race as hard as I could have. Everybody has a bad day including the best runners (note Alan Webb) and one can’t rely on them for all pace making efforts.

These are only suggestions and what I have found to work for myself, it is not a long list and this might not work for others but it is worth a try. I have yet really to find out what works well for me.

Cara

Thu, Aug. 23rd, 2007, 07:46 pm
I'm a wimp

Miles so far this week: 25 (which I have no idea why Coach has let us drop mileage so much)
Miles since July 8: 314

So currently, I am sitting in my dorm room watching a Carson Newman football game. Why am I not at the football game? Well, it is 96 degrees outside and I do not want to take a shower so I can go outside again and get hot. I have really never liked football, most likely due the fact that they always take all the glory away from Cross Country. It seems childish, and I respect the football players, I just wish we could get as much funding. I am really tired of wearing sweats from 1950. Truly, I should be unconcerned with football, in our own time we will get recognition.

My classes are going well, but really it is too early to judge. So far I have gone to my classes and read the syllabuses. One lesson I have heard is that syllabuses really never give an accurate portrayal of the classes. I still do not have roommate, but I am getting use to having the room to myself. I am going to hate when someone moves in with me. Though the room does seem oddly empty, and perhaps another person will fill it up.

I think my room is haunted. Early this week, posters and pictures kept falling off my walls. I just thought it was really bad tape but I was noticing that this all happen around 2:30ish. So the other night, I was lying in bed, asleep, and all sudden I hear these thuds. I wake up immediately and the books on my shelves are like half way across the room. It was 2:30. I was so frightened. Last night though nothing happened and I just praying it stays that way.
My first meet is August 31, and it is 2 ¼ mile. It should be an experience to say the least.
Cara

Tue, Aug. 21st, 2007, 02:23 pm
How do you make a runner happy?

Miles so far this week: 6.5-tempo run (could be longer due to getting lost for a bit yesterday)
Miles since July 8: 296

This heat wave is killing me, if it was not for panther creek I would not be able to manage. I love trail running, and sometimes I do not even know how I run road. It seems that we might have a break from this extreme heat today for it is suppose to storm. I would hate to miss a work-out, but I would love if it was a bit cooler.

I spent 500 dollars on books yesterday, and it killed me. I dislike spending money on objects that I dislike. I much rather spend the money on new shoes, a new bike, or clothes. You know normal girly stuff. I did get new running shoes yesterday for free. Carson Newman has a deal with UT (University of Tennessee ) where we get all their left over shoes. Luckily, I have such small feet that there are plenty of shoes left me to pick from.



I really do not know why need racing flats, but they were free. Though really it is if they are a reward for all my hard work.




These are the distance spikes for track. They are not that pretty, but as long as they work.

Yeah, I just wanted to post pictures,

Cara

Sun, Aug. 19th, 2007, 07:49 pm
A new year, a new hope

Mileage for the week:60 miles
Mood: Slightly tired with a tinge of excitement.

I have been back at Carson Newman for a full week now, and I can't help feeling a little excited about the new school year. The three week I spent at Brevard Distance Running camp as part of the Junior Staff has seemed to pay off. It has greatly improved my running, trails and hills are not nearly as difficult. There are so many good memories from BDRC that I know this is a job I will try to do again next year. I also put in a lot of base mileage, and preseason did not seem nearly as hard. I just hope I can get some speed back before the first race. The team has lost three girls this year, and I believe we are only are having one new girl. I am going to have to step it up a bit since we lost the 2nd girl and I will need to take the role of the third runner (Cross Country is scored by having the top five runners from each team receiving a placement such as 1, 7, 8, 23, 45, and the team with lowest score wins). I hope I can step up. I feel really prepared for this season, and I have some pretty high goals. I want to run 19s by the end of season, and that means I have to take a minute and a half off. I can't help thinking that it might be a bit of a lofty goal. I ran really well in work-outs this week, and kept up with Aubrey (our number one runner and the Southern Atlantic Conference Champ. She made it to nationals last year on her own.) in most of the workouts, only get dropped towards the end of the week.

So far I have no roommate, and I love it. This situation will not last long for the Residence life will randomly assign roommates if there is space. I am just hoping that somehow this all workouts so I don't have one. I enjoy walking around the room naked way too much. One of my good friends is my R.A., so I am using that to my advantage, and it is really nice having her down the hall. Classes start Wednesday and I think this semester might be tough having Bio and Spanish. I am really looking forward to my public relations class though. It is just good to be back at College and almost back into a normal routine.
I know it was a slightly boring entry, but when I get stories, I will type them. Before then, I will try to get this whole improper comma use thing cleared out of the way.

Mon, Mar. 26th, 2007, 10:17 pm
Hot as Hell!

I have my first track meet Thursday and of course I have this uneasy sense of unrest. I have this feeling inside me like doom and gloom are swapping saliva in my stomach. I am not ready for this and I am the type of person who hates to be unprepared. I feel as if I need three more weeks of hard training. Then again, I almost always have this feeling right before my first race of the season, especially when I have no idea what to expect. Well, I do know what to expect a bit, 800m is still going to be 800m: the distance won’t change and no water hazards will be added. Yet, the competition will be faster and perhaps more serious. I suppose the biggest change for me is that I am on the bottom of the running hierarchy again. I will be the one asking all the questions, not the one answering them. Well, damn it I like being the leader and being in control.
In other news, I suppose the Southern Baptist here at Carson Newman are serious about hell and brim fire for they have decided not to turn the air conditioning on. It is spring in Tennessee which means the average high is around 87 degrees. My lotion is the constancy of tomato soup. To avoid melting, I have stripped down to a cami and boxer shorts tinnier then any running shorts I own to sleep in without a blanket. I have also learned that leaving the refrigerator open is not a good idea for the food, I just hope my roommate does not realize what I have done.

Mon, Feb. 19th, 2007, 01:27 pm
I'm horrible at organization

I can never organize my life into a convincing post or any written word for that matter. It isn’t like my life is dull, it just seems fairly routine: class, practice, homework. It has been that way since high school. I do other activities, like a two hour long snowball fight at the boys’ dorm. I do not create trouble and trouble does not have a tendency to find me (I think I might have stolen those words from Harry Potter-3rd book when Mr. Weasely is talking to Harry. How do I know these things, and no I did not look that up). The fun I have might be spontaneous but it is rather safe. Sometimes, I long for a little danger or adventure, something that is novel worthy or even just reality TV worthy. Perhaps, I should just try harder for any good writer can make dullness seem exciting.
Cara

Fri, Feb. 2nd, 2007, 05:21 pm
Dear Mr. Waiting on the World to Change

Dear John Mayer,

How could you? Really, how could you? You know what I am talking about. You have seen canoodling with a certain blonde celebrity that is not exactly the next Madame Curry. Though, I would not want to date an Albert Einstein either but I do believe that you could at least pick someone who knows that tuna is a fish. I am not saying that this big breasted, blonde celebrity is a horrible person, I am sure she is really nice. I just have this feeling that she is swimming on the rather shallow end of the pool where as I believe you need scuba gear because you’re so deep, though she could always her floatation devices. I could be making vast generalizations that don’t hit the mark at are.

Wasn’t it you who said
“Life is like a box of crayons. Most people are the 8-color boxes, but what you're really looking for are the 64-color boxes with the sharpeners on the back. I fancy myself to be a 64-color box, though I've got a few missing. It's ok though, because I've got some more vibrant colors like periwinkle at my disposal. I have a bit of a problem though in that I can only meet the 8-color boxes. Does anyone else have that problem? I mean there are so many different colors of life, of feeling, of articulation...so when I meet someone who's an 8-color type...I'm like, "Hey girl, magenta!" and she's like, "Oh, you mean purple!" and she goes off on her purple thing, and I'm like, "No - I want magenta!" It just seems that Jessica comes from a packet of maybe three colors, you know the type you got as a kid when you went to a restaurant and they gave you a coloring sheet. I just had more faith in you John; I have seen your comedic genius and I do prefer the John Mayer Trio over your other stuff, though I like that too. I just for some reason believed you would pick better. Perhaps, this is just a bit of fun for you, she is very attractive. Do you really want a girl with so little substance? I do not know you or Jessica personally, but I can see this is heading in for disaster.

So John, this is my plea, get out while you can. Do you really want to end up like Nick? Why do you even want Nick’s leftovers? You better hope her Dad does not get involved.

With best regards,
Byrd

Tue, Jan. 2nd, 2007, 12:42 am
Happy New Year!

I don’t like New Year’s resolutions. They rarely hold up. Many people never hold up that promise to loose weight or whatever they want to do. It takes more to succeed then empty promises made on New Years. Commitment is what it takes. One must commit to work hard, and not stray. I won’t be making any New Year’s resolutions, instead I will commit to improve and to change for I like who I am there isn’t much that I want different. 2006 was a good year for me, I am only hoping 2007 is just as good.

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