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Eighties Track Practice

January 30, 2007   Perhaps because there haven't been many seniors, if any, on the track team in the past four years, or maybe because the 7 of us who fill that role now are completely obsessed with dressing up, this was the perfect time to unite everyone on the team in the common goal of dressing like idiots.  You can't help but feel a little better about sprinting when you see your teammates doubled over and out of breath in striped knee socks, sweatbands, and bright red lipstick.  My friends and I bought a bunch of white t-shirts and cut them so they'd hang off our shoulders and then covered them in rainbow-colored '80s song lyrics.  Add some neon mesh arm warmers, a whole bunch of scrunchies, shiny spandex, and some high socks to that equation, and you have a recipe for success.  Aside from really long earrings that hit us in the face while we ran, the outfits were actually quite conducive to working out.  And the '80s CD we had blasting in the field house (choice selections:  Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me," Pat Benetar's "Love is a Battlefield," Winger's "She's Only 17," and Duran Duran's "Rio," among other musical gems) pumped us up SO much.  If we had Dead or Alive's "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" playing over the loudspeakers at every meet, I'd probably qualify for the Olympics.

After the running part of our practice was over, a few of us went to the fitness center to lift, still in costume.  It looked strangely appropriate to see girls in spandex and leg warmers doing lunges, as though we were straight out of an '80s aerobics video.  We got a lot of looks.  We went to the dining hall right after practice, too, and were eating and talking to people very seriously, because after a few hours in the outfits we sort of forgot that we looked like Olivia Newton John in "Physical."  The best part of the whole endeavor, though, was that almost everyone on the team got so into it.  It's nice to see that we can still have a sense of humor while working hard, and that sometimes being able to laugh at yourself is exactly what you need to get a bit of extra motivation.  I'm going to attach a group picture of all of us at practice yesterday for your viewing pleasure; I'm the one in the front flexing with the orange shorts and the THIGH HIGH white socks.  What a great find THOSE were.