We apologize for being so M.I.A. over this past weekend – we were busy bees! This weekend was the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Cross Country Championships! So naturally we have a recap post for you. 🙂
Our weekend basically started on Thursday evening, after our last midterm (yay! No more until finals!). A couple of people on the team organized a pot-luck dinner. Unfortunately, we couldn’t attend the actual dinner portion because of our exam, but we went over after with a little dessert! However, our dessert had a little mishap. We made gluten-free peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, which tasted really good, except they were slightly crunchy. Why? Because we killed our coffee grinder blending cottage cheese about a month ago (lesson #1: when blending cottage cheese, use your food processor, it’s motor can handle it!), so we had to use our food processor to grind rice to make brown rice flour. As you can probably guess, this didn’t quite do the trick, and our rice flour wasn’t ground up fine enough, leading to little bits of uncooked rice in our cookies. Nice.
Needless to say, these cookies went un-pictured. We weren’t even going to bring them, but they were requested anyways. Like we said, they tasted good, just… crunchy! We’ll make them again, though with fully ground rice flour. 🙂
Friday we went to Thames Valley Golf course, the venue for the race, to run the course and check out the conditions. We’ve run this course plenty of times before, because it is the same place we host the Western International meet every September. We did this more because it’s what we always do the day before, and to see how soft the course was after all the rain we had the couple weeks before. At the golf course, we had a little interview from The London Free Press and got some pictures taken.
After we ran the course, we headed straight home to get ourselves ready for the CIS banquet. In past years, the banquet has been after the race on Saturday, but this year our coach decided to have it the night before at The Great Hall here on campus. We didn’t take any pictures at the banquet, but we can guarantee you the Western team was looking good 😉 .It was a lovely evening with some yummy food- salads, pasta, buns, and dessert. The dessert were these squares called “Magic Bars”. We don’t know what they were made of, but man were they delicious! 🙂
Then came the big day! Saturday morning started with our usual pre-race shake-out run in the morning and of course, oatmeal! Then it was off to Sommerville House for all those who weren’t racing (only the top 7 can compete at the championships) to get painted!
There were so many people cheering, too! Not just family and friends, but alumni, the track team, random people that we didn’t even know – so much purple pride! 🙂 It was so motivating!
The women’s race went at 12 noon.
It was an exciting race! Every girl gave their best effort and left everything out on that course. We went into the race ranked 4th, and we knew that if we wanted the bronze medal we would need to fight for it.
And guess what?
We did it! WE WON BRONZE! 😀
We didn’t just win the bronze medal, we CRUSHED it! We defeated our biggest opponent by over 40 points! 🙂 This was the scene when we found out we won:
We also can’t write this post without mentioning our boys team. They went into the weekend ranked 11th, and they ended up finishing 9th! While each of them ran their best and we’re very proud of them, as well!
For the full race write-up, go here.
After the races, we had a luncheon in the Thames Valley Clubhouse with the UWO team, families and alumni. It was a delicious lunch of chilli, pulled pork, veggies and cheesecake! Mmmm. 🙂
After that it was on to the after party celebrations! Lots of champagne (and other things) was had by all. 😉
It was a fabulous weekend, to say the least! We are all still on such a high from it.
UWO – GO STANGS GO!