Wednesday, February 06, 2008

From the Race Front: LISA SMITH-BATCHEN




On last weekend's Rocky Raccoon Race in Huntsville, TX

What surprised you most about the race?
That the course was in perfect shape..not much mud and all the new bridges, seems to make for a much faster course!

What advice helped you achieve your goal?
Stick to my own race plan..holding Ed back the first lap so we could have a great 3rd lap. Go slow to go fast:)

Did you meet any new friends on the course?
You bet...It was wonderful to have so many past and present coaching students as well as friends out on the course.

Is there something you learned that you'll use in future races (good, bad, or ugly!)
I learned a great deal watching many of my own students in action on the course..they are all very good power walkers and you can pick them out of a pack of people...it was a real joy!

Any words of advice for others thinking about doing an ultra?
RR is a great 1st 50 or 100 mile. Joe is a wonderful race director and really cares about each and every one of us on the race course and is waiting with open arms at the finish line. This is a must do race and we hope to go back each year and bring more runner's and walkers!

5 comments:

Colleen said...

It was so awesome to see so many of us at the same race. As for a view from the back of the pack...I loved the out and back of the course, where I could catch a fleeting glimpse of everyone! Hope to see everyone again soon...and if you are near the Eats Coast in early May, a bunch of us are doing the NJ Marathon. Join us!!! :-)

Anonymous said...

Jay and Lisa Batchen are what team and courage stand for.
R

Colleen said...

Lisa,

So great to see you in Huntsville and to see the Dreamchasers team just beaming all around. What a great two days at the races!

:-)

Colleen

Robert said...

Thanks for being there for everyone, Coach! Even while keeping Big Ed on track, you had words of encouragement and advice for the rest of us, every time we passed. You are so good, and we all love ya, Lisa!!

Bob Becker

Lisa Smith-Batchen said...

To all of your Dreamchaser's...

What a great weekend for so many..for me it was the best to see all of you!
Happy Feet!
Lisa