In His Own Words: Quincy O'Connor - Journal #7
Hello all! It has not been too long since my last article, but since then, I have put in a couple more days of great training, and ran my last regional cross country championship of my high school career; which went great. I arrived at the course midday Friday to practice on the course prior to the race Saturday morning, and was very excited for the race after walking and running the course. The course at Lecanto High School was very similar to many courses that I had run prior to moving to Florida. Much of the course was in the woods, and the course was certainly not the flattest course (though not overly hilly either), both of which play into strengths that I have developed after running in Western New York for most of my life.
The race itself played out just as I had hoped. Early on in the race Max Del Monte and I separated from the rest of the field, and we ran the majority of the race that way. After going through the first mile in just slightly over 5 minutes, and the two mile in around 5:12, the race began to pick up. I attempted to separate myself on two occasions, first moving up hill following the 2 mile mark, and again moving up the following hill about 400 meters later. Max however responded very quickly to both attempts, and we continued to run stride for stride. It was not until the downhill portion of the race, with a little over a thousand meters left to run, that I was able to separate myself from Max and push to victory. This was one of my best races all season, and also one of the most enjoyable races I have run. There is nothing quite like the feeling of battling over the course of 5 kilometers with a peer; regardless of the end result, I have always felt this to be the most exhilarating type of race.
This coming week will be rather low key for me in Celebration. I have a couple more key workouts to get in leading up to the state meet this coming Saturday, but nothing too intense. This week is all about staying relaxed and making sure that I am ready to roll again on Saturday! I’d like to congratulate everyone on their results this weekend, and wish everyone good luck this weekend! See you all there!