Captain's Blog: Peter Bolgert - Nov. 3, 2010
Nov. 3, 2010
by senior distance runner Peter Bolgert
Marquette men's cross country co-captain Peter Bolgert stopped by GoMarquette.com to provide his thoughts on the 2010 BIG EAST Championships, in preparation for the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in Rochester Hills, Mich.
This is the third in a series of blogs on the 2010 season by the captains of the Marquette University men's and women's cross country teams.
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010
Conference weekend was not just fun and games, as we came to New York with a serious purpose, to compete with the best runners in the nation over eight kilometers. We were confident in our training and eager to go toe-to-toe against the Big East. We recalled that all of our training over the last few months was culminating in this moment. We felt the grueling pain of a long distance race and relished the opportunity to do such a splendid thing.
When all was said and done, I feel like everyone ran solid races, and I’m very proud of the team. One of our pre-race goals was to beat Cincinnati, but they beat us by a mere 10 points to get seventh. However, it was not all bad. As a team, we scored 198 points, our second-lowest point total since joining the Big East.
The women’s team also competed well, finishing in 10th place.
The interested reader should also know that the course was perhaps the muddiest course I have ever run on (including the Big East Championships in Kenosha last year). This is why all the times are at least one minute slow. Also, the entire course consisted of rolling hills, including several steep hills. Some of the worst mud was on the uphill portions, making it nearly impossible to gain traction. I’m not complaining, in fact, I feel like our team thrives in such conditions. However, it made the race even more of a struggle.
Dr. George Sheehan puts it nicely when he says: “If the ecstasy of distance running is felt in those periods of rhythm and grace when everything is easy and flowing and natural, then certainly the agony of the sport is in the disrhythmic, graceless tortured movement up the hills.” Add mud, and this quote is even more appropriate.
I would like to note that we have one more race. We are running in the Great Lakes NCAA Regional on November 13th. Several teams that have narrowly beaten us this year will be competing in our Regional and this will be a great opportunity to end the season on a high note.
Finally, some advice to any aspiring runners out there: “You gotta run fast to run fast.”
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