Feeling Like My Old Self

Oct. 19th, 2014

This past Tuesday and Saturday are two BIG days in my comeback. They were two workouts that not only tested me but also gave me tons of confidence. 

The first workout was this past Tuesday and we had 7x400 with little rest on the menu. The fact that until this point I could only run 2-3 miles with a bit of walking in between really scared me and made me doubt my ability to do well during this workout. I don’t think I would have done this without my team. Being in a little pack really helped me just forget about everything and focus on staying with them and clicking off every 400. I was supposed to stay around 7:20 - 7:30 pace but if I felt good I could take off and as you can tell from my splits are below I felt pretty damn good. 

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The second workout of the week with the team was longer. We had a decent 1.5 mile warm up and then 1,200m, 800m, 400m, 800m, 1,200m, with 400m rest in between. I still can’t believe the paces I was hitting (below) especially after being gassed from that warm up. 

  • 1,200m: 6’53”
  • 800m: 7’23”
  • 400m: 6’51”
  • 800m: 7’13”
  • 1,200: 7’24”

I’m coming back and I can’t wait to race again! 

Sunday Run

Oct. 5th, 2014

Woke up early as the rest of Austin was sound asleep after the second day of ACL. Ran 3 miles with a friend who is an ex runner from Michigan and really pushed me. I saw glimpses of my old self and I couldn’t be happier. If there is one word for this month that I need to keep in mind that word is PROGRESS. It’s going to take time to get back to where I was and even longer to get better but it’s all a process.

I need to focus on PROGRESS. 

Friday Focus

Here are the last two Friday Focus I have done on Flotrack.com. I caught up with Boise State’s Emma Bates and Arizona State’s Shelby Houlihan before they took off to Roy Griak.

Emma told me why Roy Griak held a special place in her heart. She is ready to take this Cross Country season by storm and become a bride again! Read Emma Bates’ Friday Focus here.

Shelby Houlihan told me that she is in the best shape of her life. After her win at NCAA’s in the 1,500m and her win at Roy Griak who can doubt her. Read Shelby Houlihan’s Friday Focus here.

Pssst, here is a hint to the Friday Focus that are to follow. 

Read my Q&A with Emma Bates in this week’s Friday Focus! 

Describe your favorite workout? 

My favorite workout is anything involving 300s. I hate 300s more than anything but I know they make me stronger and ready to race fast. My coach always tells me to envision my competitor in front of me while running them. The whole interval he will be jumping up and down yelling the girl’s name so I run faster, it’s really quite the sight.