News and Pictures

I found some pictures to put up because apparently a blog without pictures is just not worth it. So this week-end there was the home meet for West Virginia, where the WVU cross-country team competed...against no one. Yes, it was more of a workout race relay style, which I didn't do but I did go out to cheer. The event was held on the school farm, which I tought was pretty cool (I like farms). Coudn't really tell who went fast or not, since it was relay style, but the paper mentionned the next day that 3 runners broke the course record. If you want good pictures, here is a link to some professional site where I can't copy pictures.
Its mostly the girs racing. But fortunely facebook can also be a source of unprotected photographs, like this one of the entire team, including freshmens and a couple girs I don't really even know.

La saion est donc belle et bien commencée, avec la troisième course de suite pour certaines des filles de l'équipe en fin de semaine. On part pour Princeton, NJ, vendredi après-midi pour une course le samedi matin (course a laquelle je vais encore une fois pas participer). J'ai quand même hâte au voyage, et on va essayer de courir notre longue du dimanche matin sur le parcour qui sera utilisé lors du championnat Big East plus tard cet automne. Pis ca fait longtemps que je n'ai pas fait un voyage en autobus...A part de ça j'ai mon premier test universtaitre demain (pour lequel je devra d'ailleurs étudier maintenant) en biologie et les devoirs commencent a être constants.

Le 6ième étage de la bibliothèque du downtown campus est pas mal beau. Vraiment silencieux mais pleins de fenêtres avec une belle vue sur la ville. Je crois que ca va être mon repaire pour les jours d'école...et les fauteuils sont assez comfortables pour dormir. C'est ça qui compte vraiment.

Autres nouvelles: on est tous désolés d'apprendre que West Virginia a perdu samedi lors d'une défaite écrasante par la Caroline du Sud (je crois). Tout le campus est en deuil. Le problème semble être à la défense à ce qu'il parait. (Je parle de football, évidement)


"Tremendous Turnaround"

Un lien vers un article au sujet de l'équipe de cross-country de West Virginia. Assez bien écrit, il décrit un peu la saison à venir pour l'équipe.

Cliquer ici pour l'article / click here for WVU article

Randomly happened to come accross a nicely written piece about the program I joined by coming to West Virginia. I think its going to be a good season for WVU cross-country.


some crazyness and some runnin'

So its been a while already but time seems to be going faster every day. The long weekend flew by but I did do a couple things worth mentionning in the blog. First of all, since this season is all about running cross-country, I'd like to underline the fact that I did my first workout with the team this saturday. We only do hard runs with a coach twice a week, so its a pretty big deal whenever we do them. Well, I thought it was. I didn't push it too much for this first one. We did 90-60-30-15. fours sets. So: 90 seconds fast, 90 seconds slower but not jog, and after 4 we go right into the set of 60s. Apparenlty we'll be getting a lot of practice with this one as the season goes on.
That was the workout in the morning. Then it was football time. I had been warned about this football madness before coming to WVU, but I was not prepared. While we were working out, there were people tailgaiting - drinking beer, eating and playing games in the field by their park cars. crazyness. at 8:30 in the morning. The game itself was nice to watch, although everyone stands, which makes it hard to stay for the entire game time, but makes for a cool atmosphere. The student section is pretty crazy (and smoky and stinky) so we snuck into the senior student section, where people seem a tad more tamed. I didn`t really understand what was going on all the time, but it wasn't really a problem; when the crowd cheers, were happy. And I have to say the band stole the show, with pretty swifty shape shifting (along with a good ol bit of american patriotism and the biggest americain flag ever seen). We stayed extra long to see those troupers. We eventually had to leave and we drove to the next county's high school as some of the girls on the team were racing the first race of the season. We tried to watch but it was the foggiest evening I've ever seen. And it was dark by the time everyone ran. Therefore, there wasn't much to be seen. The girls still ran great and it was an enjoyable evening with a pretty drive. I'll tell more stories later, right now its time for some rest and recovery.
bonne nuit :-)