Got to the arena at about 5.. Cheered for Ethan, Claire, and Miranda in the 3200 and then Alex, Stockton and Caleb in the 1600. Megan and I were doing the 1600, which started around 9 pm. I was not really looking forward to racing all day, but as we were cheering I got really excited to race and I felt great during warmups. I got down to the track a little early, but that was just fine because it gave me plenty of time to prep myself mentally. It was probably the most mentally prepared I've ever been for a race. My goal was to go between a 5:30-40, which put me at about 42 seconds a lap (it's a 200m track). My start position was pretty good, but I'm awful at getting out fast so of course I was immediately in the back of the pack. Coming around the last curve of the first lap though, I was like what the heck I don't want to be stuck here, I belong up there. So I picked up the pace and passed the slower pack and was straggling behind the front pack until about lap 5, when I began to fall back. But in the middle of the race, when it really started to hurt, I actually smiled because I just love how it feels when you race- it hurts SO BAD and I hadn't really pushed myself to that point in awhile so it felt amazing to really be racing again. I just kept telling myself if I didn't leave my comfort zone I'd never improve, and that helped me push myself a lot. My slowest lap was #6, which was about 48 seconds. I felt really tired, but my mom had told me about this study where when you feel really really tired, you actually can do a lot more physically, you're just mentally holding yourself back. So I just pushed harder, especially because there were only 2 laps left. I sped up (& almost peed my pants haha) and by the last lap I passed a few girls, even. I felt like I was going to fall over/black out when I finished and I WAS SO HAPPY because I actually pushed myself!! It wasn't as good as a time as I would have liked, but considering the fact that I hadn't trained for awhile, and I'm sick and super sleep deprived, it was great. And it was a huge improvement from all my other indoor meets. I can't wait for the actual season! Tryouts are next week!