The 100m was early in the evening at 18.30. Although I got the win in my heat, 11.54 was a disappointing time, and I’d definitely expected more.
Luckily the second race was much better! For the relay we showed up on the track in a line-up that was new to us (Nadine to Dafne to Marije to me), but I was in my familiar place, and with a team with that much speed and experience to it, we knew a fast time was possible. Although I love my spot as the last runner, it’s always pretty nerve wrecking waiting for the stick to get to you. You spectacular time of 42.33. One of the fastest times we’ve ever run and the second fastest time in the world this year. spend a good portion of the race watching, seeing your teammates run and crossing your fingers all the exchanges are safe.
They were. And by the time Marije was running up to me we were leading. That’s when the race really starts for me… It’s hard to describe what’s going through your head in those moments, and it feels like at this point so much of it is automatic that I barely even remember. But I got the stick safely and sped towards the finish line. Knowing my teammates are depending on me adds a kind of pressure that tends to make me run faster, and this Friday was no exception. My 100m in the relay might’ve been the fastest I’ve been this entire season, and we did manage to get the first place in a