My daughter in law was an incredible runner. She has many awards and accolades, and ran professionally for Nike for seven years before retiring. She was in the team village in Bejing during the Olympics, and knows what it takes to perform at a high level.
These are things I knew, but never really understood. That is until I attended the trials. My first impression when I got to her hotel, was that immediately I was faced with many, many beautiful bodies. Both male and female. People in incredible shape, and to top it off 80% of them were extremely good looking. This has given me insight into my D.I.L's need to look good always. As she told me, "this is what I'm accustomed to. Now I see it.
To perform at this level, takes tons of dedication, endurance, and the desire to push yourself to new limits, and the pain that is involved in getting there.
This was my first peek at the track. Don't let those blue skies and fluffy clouds deceive you. It rained cats and dogs this day.
This angled area is the "Nike experience" You can run against a simulated world class runner and see how you measure up, or go see the latest gear that Nike has to offer.
This is the area for kids. They can test their vertical jump, run hurdles, run sprints, and see how it feels to compete.
Since my reason for being at the trials was to babysit, and it was raining so hard, baby girl and I sat in a tent nibbling wonderful treats, and watching the races on the jumbo tron. The conditions were brutal. Wind, rain, and not very warm. The athletes that won, deserve a real boost of pride to overcome the elements, but then again, London won't be warm, so perhaps Oregon was a good training ground.
DIL, baby girl, and Mo Green, former world's fastest man He broke the world record for the 100mm.