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Richardson Blog - Day 3

Jason Richardson credits a nagging hamstring injury that sidelined him last season with giving him a new outlook on training.
Jason Richardson credits a nagging hamstring injury that sidelined him last season with giving him a new outlook on training.

USC track star Jason Richardson is writing a blog from the NCAA Track and Field Championships this week in Iowa.

As I’m writing this I feel terrible because my sinuses have gone berserk, so I do apologize for this entry’s brevity. This goes to show you that no matter how much you plan in a situation, Murphy’s Law will and always applies. My right eye is bloodshot red and it feels like I haven’t breathed through my nose since I left Columbia. Nonetheless, the show must go on.

Today started off very slowly because of the rain delays and the impending fear of flooding. There are sandbags everywhere and the news stations keep talking about heavy rainfall. I’m sure it will delay the meet for the days to come.

After today’s heavy rainfall in the morning, the meet was able to resume and I had a chance to see some great track and field action.

Injuries are a part of athletics and it rears its ugly head at the worst moments. One of the heavy favorites in the women’s hurdles events injured herself on a routine relay carry during the 4x1 meter relay. Note to self: make sure I stretch and hydrate because health ought not be taken for granted.

South Carolina had a decent showing on day one at the NCAA Championships. Our men’s and women’s 4x1 meter relays both made it back to the finals. I’m excited the Gamecocks are reviving their strong tradition of quality relays.

As for me, my first round of the hurdles begins tomorrow and I’m eager to get a feel for the track without battling the elements of rain and thunderstorms. I’m going to cross my fingers and hope for the best. Till next time…

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