Victoria Lombardi

[Victoria studies and runs at Stonehill College.]


Camp was different in a lot of obvious ways: wearing masks to and from the field, having to fill out a wellness checklist every day, having to social distance, and other things that kept staff and participants safe. One thing that I was not expecting was how small this summer's group was. In years past, I remember there being a huge group of collegiate men and women that would be running before I even got there. This summer, that group consisted of just a handful of collegiate athletes, including myself and my training partner, Shannon O'Connell. That is probably the most noticeable difference for me.

This summer definitely required a little bit more effort in terms of being completely mentally present each morning. GTD is already a challenging program, but as races kept being taken off of my fall meet schedule leading to its eventual cancellation, myself and the other collegiate athletes faced a whole new challenge of having to find another purpose for such vigorous training. I began to think of my summer training as an investment-the work that I did this summer will help me in the long term when I eventually get back to competition.

My favorite part of the onsite sessions was having people to run with! Before camp started in early July, I was doing almost all of my training on my own since I was sent home from school in March. Harder days are especially difficult when you do not have someone to push you, so it was definitely nice to be able to run with other athletes in terms of training. I also benefitted from connecting with other athletes that were facing the same uncertainty as I was.

Even though my cross country season was cancelled, I am still glad that I did the program. Like I mentioned before, I was able to get the most out of my training and to go through the changes with the support of the GTD staff and other athletes that I would not have received if I had kept training solo. If the season had not been cancelled, I definitely would have been prepared for cross country this year. I am certain that a year from now when it is time for preseason again, I'll be more than ready!




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- Caroline Johnson, Marblehead HS, Sep. 2020
- Shannon O'Connell, Colby-Sawyer College, Sep. 2020
- Victoria Lombardi, Stonehill College, Sep. 2020
- Emily Ernst, Essex North Shore Tech, Sep. 2020
- Rachel Brennan, Gordon College, Sep. 2020
Sean Kay, Arlington Catholic, Oct. 2019
Shannon O'Connell, Colby-Sawyer College, Oct. 2019
Riley Dowd, Stonehill College, Sep. 2018
Kate Mitchell, Boston Collge, Aug. 2018
Nadja Ueckert-LaPlante, Ipswich HS, Dec. 2017
Marissa Farago, Triton HS, Apr. 2017
Anthony Pizzo, AIC, Dec. 2016
Matt Loehle, UConn, Dec. 2016
Emily DeMarco, Ipswich HS, Apr. 2016
Sarah Oliver, Marblehead HS, Jan. 2016
AJ Ernst, Marblehead HS, Dec. 2015
Abby Walsh, Beverly HS, Dec. 2015
Sydney Packard, Bishop Fenwick HS, Dec. 2015
Griffin Barriss, Melrose HS, Dec. 2015
Tia Patterson, Boston College, Dec. 2015
Thomas Mackin, Lynn Classical HS, Dec. 2015
Riley Dowd, Stonehill College, Nov. 2015
Emily Weigand, American University, Nov. 2015
Connor Wolff, Stonehill College, Nov. 2015
Lexi Buonfiglio, Stonehill College, Nov. 2015
Victoria Holleran, St John, Peabody, Mar. 2015
Abby Walsh, Beverly HS, Dec. 2014
Riley Dowd, Peabody HS, Dec. 2014
Sarah Oliver, Marblehead HS, Dec. 2014
Tia Patterson, Lynnfield HS, Nov. 2014
Emily Horgan, Univ. of Vermont, Nov. 2014
Arianna Maida, Bishop Fenwick HS, Sep. 2014