Banda and Hodge at the IAAF World Championships
Aug. 21, 2007
Both sprinters will give GoFrogs.com readers an inside look at what each of their days are like in Japan through a daily journal. Below is the third installment of the journal.
At TCU, Banda earned three All-America honors at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He placed fourth in the men's 400 meters and anchored both the 4x100 and 4x400 relay squads. Banda holds the school record in the indoor 400 meters.
Hodge, the only female in school history with at least five All-America certificates, won the Female High-Point Award after winning both the 60 and 200 meters at the Mountain West Conference Indoor Championships last winter. She closed out 2007 earning two All-America honors in the 200 meters and as a member of the 4x100 relay team at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
The IAAF World Championships will run from Aug. 25 through Sept. 2.
Today was a good day even though I got up at 3 a.m. I went to eat at 8 a.m. because it is very hot out here. The best time to train is in the morning because there are a lot of people at the track. I was thinking I was being smart, but I guess there are a lot of smart athletes because almost everybody was at the track in the morning. I am happy that I could still run my workout without being disturbed. I did four 200's today and they were all very easy and comfortable. My day ended with a massage and an ice bath. I also watched my old races just to get my mind right and learn from my mistakes.
Today I ran two 80 meters. It was very hot as usual, but I managed through my workout. The past couple of days have not been too bad here. I've had to make sure I am taking longer breaks though because of the heat. As the days have gone by I am looking forward to next Wednesday when I start competing in the 200 meters. I am starting to mentally prepare myself.