Mike and Clarence over at Lace’s Running Store are some of my favorite retailers. As the account executive for Vitalyte Sports Nutrition, I handle a lot of accounts, and let me tell you these guys are great. So I was in their Scripps Ranch, CA location last week and Mike and I were reminiscing about high school running. Mike grew up in San Diego and used to watch me compete. He now coaches at Torrey Pines High School. As we were chatting about how I used to run with my long long hair tied up high in a pony tail, ribbons adorning my golden brown locks and of course my nails were always painted red, he brought up a blast from the past. “Milena, I ran into Saskia Hostetler last week. Do you remember her? You guys competed against each other in high school. When you ran for Fallbrook, she ran for Torrey Pines.”
“Mike, I totally remember her. What is she doing now?”
“She’s a doctor in Portland, Oregon. Anyways, your name came up in our conversation and she told me something that is going to make you laugh.”
“Oh no Mike, what did I do?”
“She said you used to get sick before your races.”
“Ohhhhhh yes! I think I threw up before every single race. I used to get so damn nervous. Ha now, I’m so chill. Funny how things change.” I’m thinking to myself that I know this is going to have some kind of embarrassing outcome. What could it be? And then Mike divulged the cliffhanger.
“Do you remember when you threw up on her on the starting line of CIF Finals?”
I didn’t know whether to laugh, apologize or play dumb and conveniently not be able to recall it. Because honestly is always the best policy (at least in this case) I figured it best to use my high school stomach maladies to my advantage.
“Oh My God, Mike now I totally remember. She was super cool about it. I even remember the color of Nike Waffle Racers she was wearing. They were green with an orange swoosh, at least until I hurled on them.” Mike’s laughter escalated and we were both laughing so hard we were crying. “Tell her I said hi and send her my apologies.”
“She still laughs about it to this day,” Mike said.
“So on that note Mike, do you want to hear about our awesome new Chia Surge Endurance Gel that we just launched.”
As I wrote out Mike’s purchase order for the gel and some other Vitalyte products I couldn’t help but think back to my high school days of running. The run’s I used to go on with the boy’s varsity team and the things they would talk about to try to gross me out. Early 5:30am bus rides up to Mt. SAC Invitational and of course the stop at Rocky and Bullwinkle’s after for some go cart racing. And definitely not to forget the pre-race pasta dinner’s with the team and the time we pushed Coach Troy into the pool. It’s good to reflect back and see the fun that was incorporated with in the competition and the friends that I made and still work, train and compete with. All I can say is when I tow the line at the Hollywood Half Marathon in a few months I won’t be nearly as nervous. I’m just happy to be back training and racing. There’s no more pressure, no more stress, no more nerves. It’s about me and fitness and living a balanced happy life. So rest assured whoever you are standing next to me on April 7, 2012 at 100 Universal City Plaza, your Nikes will remain dry!