By: Eric Wolcott
After being in a variety of places over the last six weeks I am finally back in Hayward and am excited to settle down before we head west. This current week of training is relatively light in volume and I am trying to take advantage of my free time. Yesterday I tagged along with Brian as he went in for an afternoon with the kids at the local Boys and Girls Club. Having been there before I wasn’t a complete stranger to the place, but it took about half an hour for the children to warm up to my presence. After that though I jumped right into the swing of things and started playing math fraction card games with a group of third grade girls during educational power hour.
Once that was finished it was onto the Wednesday night run series. Throughout the course of the summer and fall the kids participate in a one mile challenge every Wednesday. Yesterday was the final run and although it had to be carried out in the gym the kids were fired up because it was the last of the year and a spaghetti feast followed. It is quite the spectacle to watch forty little rascals sprint, walk, scream, and trip around a gym sixteen times. It is also questionable as to how many of the participants actually did all the laps. All in all though the run and feast was a huge success.
After a bit of digestion and recuperation the gang was ready to move onto the next activity. Brian organized a big game of last man/woman standing, a form of kickball. We played this for a while and slowly boys and girls started to trickle home. After five hours of hanging out at the Club I was pretty tired, however I look forward to getting back and spending some quality time with a great group of people again.
Although the rest of the week won’t be as action packed as yesterday, I look forward to continuing the routine of training, resting, and working. Next week I crank up the intensity again and put in one final period of dryland.