AM - Running 22M treadmill (2:25:54), i=1, AHR123/MHR131. Watched "Casino Royale" (James Bond). The run pretty much went smoothly - I didn't feel great, but I felt solid and the time went by relatively quickly.
PM - Running 3M outside w/ RG (31:46). We ran from the house to Thomas Res, did 2 loops, and ran back home, which is conveniently exactly 3M. I think we chose the perfect moment to run, as the snow appeared to be at its peak while we were out. We both got a bit wet and cold, but by mid-way through I think we were both enjoying it. RG was excited about the hot chocolate and a Smores Pop-Tart waiting for her at home after the run. By the end of the run, she was really haulin' down the road.
Running Totals: 25M day / 123M week (*most ever*) / 388M month
So, GZ were talking earlier, and I started ranting about how they have the state championships set up in Colorado. I don't know the history of it, but there our FOUR classes at the Colorado State XC Meet. Over the years of following the results from afar (I've yet to make it to the meet - I'd like to), I've always had the feeling that EVERYONE gets to run at the State Meet. I realize that's not true. GZ and I kicked it around, and he apparently was from a similar state (Connecticut) that leaned towards just opening up the State Meet to anyone who could drive to the meet. I grew up in Illinois, and we had a State Meet system that leaned more towards the elitist setup. We had 2 classes back then (I graduated in '87, like GZ), and just last year they expanded it to 3 classes. Here's a quick breakdown between CO & IL using the 2008 boys meets as examples:
- Population = 12.9 million
- 1A State Meet - 20 schools, 167 finishers, top 10 range: 15:03-15:38 (3M for all divisions)
- 2A State Meet - 21 schools, 175 finishers, top 10 range: 14:56-15:22
- 3A State Meet - 25 schools, 210 finishers, top 10 range: 14:18-14:38
- 66 total schools / 552 total finishers
- Population = 4.9 million
- 1A/2A State Meet (combined?) - 11 schools, 68 finishers, top 10 range: 16:01-17:44 (5K for all divisions)
- 3A State Meet - 18 schools, 122 finishers, top 10 range: 15:28-16:47
- 4A State Meet - 25 schools, 196 finishers, top 10 range: 15:08-16:07
- 5A State Meet - 24 schools, 186 finishers, top 10 range: 15:20-16:19
- 79 total schools / 572 total finishers
So Colorado has roughly 40% of the population of Illinois, and yet they have more schools, a few more runners, and more championships awarded. And while I realize it's a team sport, and I could probably figure out some way to compare the differences/depth of the top teams between classes and states, etc - having watched the results over the years in CO, it always seems like someone in a lower class runs a faster winning time than a higher class. And if you look at the '08 results, you can see that the 4A winner is 12 seconds faster than the 5A winner, and the same goes for the 10th place finisher. Very rarely would you see that in IL - although it will probably happen more now that they've opened it up to 3 classes.
Discuss amongst yourselves...