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Distance Winter Training + a Good Read

Training in the off season is the best way to crush it in-season! Coach endorsed and athlete tested with proven results! You have a few months to go before track season starts. The process to focus on now is consistent training so that you can build fitness and strength before the season starts. It can be a grind at times. We all have those days when it’s cold and miserable and the last thing you want to do is go outside and run. Chances are, you will not regret embracing the suck, layering up, and getting your pals together to go for a run in the beautiful Issaquah Alps. Future you will be thankful. Also, very very important to remember to listen to your bodies and know when to back off. Sometimes less is more. Now is not the time to push it. Reach out to your coaches if you have questions. Support each other and have fun with this! 🙂

Came across this excerpt, “The Price of Winning at All Costs” (from Believe Training Journal by Lauren Fleshman & Roisin McGettigan), that excellently sums up what we always talk about: the importance of process over outcome.

Both “Off Season Training” and “Good Reads” can be found on the left side bar of the blog. If you’d like to contribute any “Good Reads,” feel free to send them my way – ellieclaws@gmail.com

State Recap (11/9/19)

WHAT a day to be an Eagle!! All 3 Issy runners had absolutely incredible races. After an evening filled with both glutenous and non-glutenous pasta, an architecturally unsound gingerbread house, and sledding (don’t ask), one could say that these kids were prepared to run pretty dang quick.

Highlights

Julia “I’ll have the Special K with a side of salmon” David Smith

STATE CHAMP, 17:26. Last year, she was 2nd in 18:01. Not much else to say aside from, she demolished it! Julia beat everyone by a minute (WOW), ran powerfully and competed with herself the whole way through. Ding dong, Julia ran strong!

Darwin “if I could warm up in Crocs, I would” Hanson

49th in 19:22 (PR!). Last year, she was 94th in 20:21…at this rate, she’ll be -41st by senior year! A well-earned improvement and race for this girl. Keep it going Darwinski!!

Liam “I own 8 onesies, and they’re life-changing” Heninger

46th in 16:12 (PR!). He was the 1st freshman in 4A and 2nd freshman over ALL classifications. His secret? Something along the lines of chocolate milk and a really good attitude.

Truly only positive remarks to say about this Issy XC State crew. With stellar positive attitude and gritty racing, they perfectly represented what it means to be an Issaquah Eagle.

Special shout-out to “manager” of the weekend, Jerry, for keeping the others in line and contributing to a swell time in Pasco. You’re awesome, Jerry!!

Thanks to everyone who drove all the way out to support. You guys brought some amazing energy that the meet wouldn’t have been the same without.

Good luck to those competing at NXR next weekend! Represent Issaquah well, and please make it easy for the parent chaperones 🙂

Kingco Meet Recap (11/2/19)

3 Issy runners earned their tickets to STATE!!!

Under perfect racing conditions, and with the potential of being the final race of the season, it was THE time to truly leave it all out there, no gas left in the tank, no regrets. Many of you took full advantage, ran confidently, and had the races of your lives.

Highlights

STATE QUALIFIERS

Darwin Hanson

Darwin ran relentlessly on Saturday. This girl knew what she wanted and went for it. Darwin consistently works hard and has an infectiously positive attitude. To say the least, she deserves this. We are all extremely psyched and happy for Miss. Darwinski!

Julia David Smith

In her usual composed and confident way, Julia took the Kingco win for the 3rd year in a row. She consistently dominates, and will be very exciting to see her matched up against other strong competitors this weekend. Go Julia go!

Liam Heninger

Liam earned first team all Kingco and State qualifier as a freshman. Very. Impressive. Liam is the only freshman boy to individually qualify from Kingco! It’s no surprise though, as Liam has what it takes, consistently gives his all, and is a fearless competitor.

Best of luck to Darwin, Julia and Liam this Saturday in Pasco!

Team Results

  • Boys placed 5th – Scoring: Heninger 7, Imai-Takemura 21, Fuhs 25, Barran 26, Rosenkranz 27
  • Girls placed 5th – Scoring: David Smith 1, Hanson 13, Ryan 23, Anna Jensen 35, Padmanabhan 42

Shout out to the seniors: Swathi Padmanabhan, Berry Chen, Tiffany Wung, Jasper Fuhs, Sam Rosenkranz, Torin Carmichael, and Conner Tobey, who all competed in their last XC race for Issaquah. Proud of all your hard work over the years and for being such positive influences on the team! We’ll miss you!!

Huge thanks to all the teammate and family supporters for bringing such incredible energy!! You guys are awesome.

See you all at Awards Night tomorrow at 7pm (Tuesday)!!! Remember to bring your laundered uniform in a bag with your name on it!

Sub Varsity Invite Recap (10/26/19)

“Tough Mudder” or XC meet?? Whichever one it was, you guys sure ran tough through the mud! If I got a dollar for every Issaquah shoe fallen victim to the course, I would get at least $9! The course conditions Saturday were probably easily the worst conditions you all have ever had to run in. Regardless, we saw some incredibly strong efforts and positive attitudes. Way to give it your all in your last race of season. Feeling the Issaquah pride!

So mud fun! (pc Lawrie Robertson)

Highlights

Jr/Sr Boys

2nd – Scoring: Saviello, Violette, Angell, Huard, Jordan

3x podium boys! (pc Lawrie)

Frosh/Soph Boys

3rd – Scoring: Murphy, Mularoni, Konopka, Fulford, Scheppat

pc Lawrie

Top 7 Boys

4th – Scoring: Jonathan Liu, Takeuchi, Delgadillo, Geisser, Wiederien

Jonathan Liu (pc Lawrie)

Jr/Sr Girls

5th – Scoring: Patterson, Spatoro, Arnold, Grudin, McIntyre

Patterson (pc Lawrie)

Frosh/Soph Girls

5th – Scoring: Roberts, Iacomini, Tremblay, Eddins, Wang

Roberts (pc Lawrie)

Top 7 Girls

6th – Scoring: Jain, Nybonn, Jensen, Hirao, Mularoni

This finish was feisty! (pc Lawrie)

Proud of you all for finishing the season strong! It was so exciting to watch all of your phenomenal improvements from beginning to end. Thanks for a fun season! See you all at Awards Night 🙂

pc Lawrie
A couple of awesome and dedicated volunteers! Thanks to all the other parents and fans who came out too 🙂 (pc Lawrie)

Issaquah vs Redmond @ Inglemoor Meet Recap (10/15/19)

A solid final dual meet of the season! Way to push yourselves and give your best out there at St Edward (Edition II, revised). Saw some awesome Issy packs. Strong work, Eagles!

Highlights

V Boys

Took the win!

  • Issaquah 26 – Scoring 5: Heninger 3, Barran 4, Imai-Takemura 5, Fuhs 6, Rosenkranz 8
  • Inglemoor 47
  • Redmond 61
Synchronized guys! (pc Lawrie Robertson)

JV Boys

Also won! and Konopka with his first individual win!! and a clean 1 – 4 Issy sweep!!! Incredible, boys!

  • Issaquah 18 – Scoring 5: Konopka 1, Mascavage 2, Fulford 3, Chollman 4, Streams 8
  • Inglemoor 43
  • Redmond 78

V Girls

2nd place for the girls, David Smith with the individual win

  • Redmond 21
  • Issaquah 35 – Scoring 5: David Smith 1, Hanson 6, Ryan 8, Anna Jensen 9, Padmanabhan 11
  • Inglemoor 85
Looking smooth girls! (pc Lawrie)

And just like that, the season is nearly done. The time flew by almost as fast as you all run! Some of you have done 4 races in 10 days (that’s a lot), so it is normal to feel a bit worn out at this point. Luckily, you all have enough time to physically recover and mentally recharge before the next, and, for many of you, last meet of the season (*tear*). Keep doing your best to sleep, fuel, take care of any ailments, and do everything in your control to be in tip-top shape for this final stretch. You’ve put in the work, now be confident and trust yourselves out there, Issy.

Some seniors getting sappy ❤
Or maybe just happy to almost be done…?

Hope everyone is having a lovely Gwensday! (©️ Ben Dong)