You haven’t seen fast till you have seen fast. That’s pretty much how I could sum up my weekend with the Brooks crew at the US Olympic Track & Field Trials in one sentence.

Photos & Thoughts From The US Olympic Track & Field Trials @mileposts

When attempting to capture a picture of these fast women {and men} burst mode is your friend. Timing the burst mode however isn’t easy. I had to wait till they were just close enough to catch them but not too close that all 30 pictures would get taken before they ran past me. The lag in being able to take a second batch of shots was mere seconds, but those seconds were just long enough that you could miss the runners all together. Fast.

I snapped away regardless. When looking back at the pictures later, some were great. Like this shot of Galen seeming oddly at ease.

Photos & Thoughts From The US Olympic Track & Field Trials @mileposts

While others captured nothing.

Photos & Thoughts From The US Olympic Track & Field Trials @mileposts

Here are a few from the Women’s 800 meter final before Alysia Montaño fell that I was able to capture before they flashed past me faster than I can comprehend.

Photos & Thoughts From The US Olympic Track & Field Trials @mileposts

Photos & Thoughts From The US Olympic Track & Field Trials @mileposts

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Photos & Thoughts From The US Olympic Track & Field Trials @mileposts

Photos & Thoughts From The US Olympic Track & Field Trials @mileposts

Photos & Thoughts From The US Olympic Track & Field Trials @mileposts

 

After watching this race {and others} it was hard not to think about those athletes that had their dream of Rio end on that track. Every race a combination of joy and sadness.

In my most recent post for Women’s Running Magazine I talk about the 5 lessons the Track Trials taught me. You find find that post HERE

Comments

  1. Danielle @ Wild Coast Tales says:

    I have loved following Alysia on Instagram, that is so sad to hear about her crash. Great life lessons you shared!

  2. Richard C, says:

    I enjoyed reading the life lessons that you took away from the women’s 800m final. I am in the very early phases of training for my next marathon, and, with inspiration from your article, I am going to focus on (i) consistency (in order to become the best marathoner ME that I can); and (2) handling the past with class and focussing on the task at hand. Thx for the reminders!

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