Twenty-four hours after a disappointing performance in the 1,500 meters at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, Santa Rosa’s Sara Hall was moving on.
Hall, 25, a four-time state cross-country champion at Montgomery High, left for Amsterdam on Monday afternoon and will race in the area — possibly competing in Spain and Belgium — until late July. For Hall, it beats sulking over her ninth-place finish in the 1,500 meters at the Trials in Eugene, Ore.
Hall doesn’t know how long she wants to compete professionally, but she is certain she wants to keep running through at least 2009.
“I’m going to keep doing it with all my heart,” Hall said. “And I’m going to keep picking myself back up.”
Hall is aiming to achieve the “A” standard in the 1,500 meters (4:07.00) and move a step closer to her next goal — qualifying for the 2009 World Championships. Hall’s personal-best time is 4:08.99. She finished in 4:16.79 in the finals at the Trials.
After her trip to Europe, she will accompany her husband, marathoner Ryan Hall, in Beijing where Ryan will compete in the Summer Olympics.
Hall, of course, wishes she was running in Beijing. But with one dream dashed, she was ready to get started on her next one. Not that the process was an easy one.
“Our sport is not the easiest emotionally,” Hall said. “It’s hard to keep investing yourself in it more very year and not necessarily see the returns.”