Well, it's been a while since my last post. Some of it due to all the traveling I've been doing and some of it due to frustration.
My races just really haven't come together the way I would have liked this year. I've known that my fitness has been there for a while but things just didn't seem to be working out for me. Whether it be in a slow heat, a couple of re-starts etc. My 1500's this year have just been frustrating.
I knew Harry Jerome was going to be a good opportunity for a fast pace and it didn't disappoint. I came through the 800m significantly faster than any other race this year and I moved up really well in the last 200m. It felt really good to finally close well again; especially off a quick pace.
My final time was 3:39.32, good for 7th place behind all the Americans. I wish I had kept myself a little closer earlier in the race so I could have made my move from 4 or 5 places farther up...It was nice to finally put things together and have a breakthrough and I should be happy, I guess. But, I'm not. There is still a lot of time to cut off and not much time to do it in. So, there's no room for contentment or complacency right now.
I just wanted to provide a quick update as I'll be racing the 1500m again on Wednesday night here in Victoria. I know there was some more in there yesterday, so hopefully a new PB awaits me in the B.C. capital.
I'm back in California again, this time for the Oxy High Performance meet. It's held at Occidental College, in between Pasadena and Los Angeles.
I'll be running the 1500m tonight at approximately 9:00pm PST. It's getting down to crunch time and I need to start running some fast times in these next couple of races. Tonight will be a great opportunity for that. The race will be a bit crowded with 18 people in there, but the pace should be fast.
I'm fitter than I was when I ran my PB, so lets hope I can show it tonight!
You can watch the meet live starting at 6:15pm PST here:
One week has passed up here in Flagstaff and, yes, the wind is still howling. Luckily, my sleep has improved the last couple of nights and my appetite has subsided a little bit. Other than that, not much has changed.
Our first workout at NAU last week was on a rather chilly and gloomy Wednesday morning. I have to admit, I wasn't in a very good mood. We had two sets with about 15 minutes recovery in between. The first set: 400, 600, 300, 200 all at 15 pace. The second set was 8x200 with a change of pace. Having only been at altitude a couple of days, the workout looked pretty daunting at 7000ft of elevation. However, the first set was surprisingly smooth. 57.6, 1:25.5, 42.9, 26.9. Feeling really relaxed. I remember thinking "maybe this won't be so bad..."
Then came the second set. First one in 26.5, uh oh. 27 high x 3. Halfway there. 27 high, this is starting to hurt. 27 mid, 3/4 of the way there, the last 2 are going to hurt, bad. 27 low. One more. 28.3, dying horribly in the last 50m. Lots of pain. Done.
I can't remember the last time I actually had to lie on the track suffering after a workout. Until Wednesday. I tried sitting, but that wasn't enough. I had to go into the fetal position with my lungs burning for a few minutes before deciding to move again. It wasn't pretty. At least it was a solid workout.
Saturday we drove down to Sedona for the workout; elevation: 4500ft. Yes! Back to some more oxygen, warm weather and sunshine. I didn't think the workout seemed too hard. It was fairly short, with 1x 800m as the first set, 20 min recovery and then 5x300m. The 800 we were looking to hit 1:51-52 and then run 1500m pace for the 300's.
GMart had the first lap of the 800 and then I was taking over through 600-650 followed by Nate to finish it off. We wanted to come through in about 55, but I had to pick it up a bit to go by him and we were about 54 flat. I decided to just keep it rolling and we ended up at about 1:20 mid through 600m. Feeling remarkably good. We continued closing well as Nate went by me and until the last 80m it felt pretty relaxed. The last 50m definitely hurt but when I stopped my watch as I crossed the line, I couldn't believe it; 1:48.9.
My first thought was Holy #%$! 1:48!? Awesome. Then I remembered we had a second set and wasn't so happy. Either way, running that in practice (we talkin bout practice!?) is a pretty good sign! Things are coming around...The second set still went really well as I ran 43.0, 45.1, 44.0, 42.2, and closed in 40.0. Not a bad day at the office.
We have a tough week ahead of us with 3 workouts this week as well as a couple of power sessions. We'll be up in Flag for the first two and then down in Sedona again on Saturday.
In the meantime, more NHL playoffs. I only wish Pierre McGuire had really gotten the Montreal Canadiens GM job. It would have doomed their franchise for another decade and finally rid us of having to listen to him every night. Ohh, what could have been...
I'm sure I complained about this place last year and not much has changed. I still don't like this place. The trails for running are pretty nice, but sometimes they're hard to enjoy when there's a constant, unrelenting 25mph wind whistling through your ears causing non-stop, irritating noise.You literally can't even think properly sometimes. You just want to shout out some curse words at it; well, I do anyways. There's also the lack of sleeping ability due to the altitude, the constant hunger, the cold(er) weather and the added pain caused by workouts or trying to run at a faster pace up here.
It's safe to say I'm not a fan.
Penn Relays last weekend went relatively well. It wasn't a great race, but it wasn't horrible either. I ran a 2:54.00 negative splitting each lap. Something like 60, 58, 56. I allowed myself to get a little boxed in, so when they made their move at the front, I wasn't able to respond right away. I closed pretty well after that though. I just need to make sure I don't let myself get boxed in again. I need to be smarter than that...Overall, our team finished in 4th place with a time of 9:23.34, which was a little disappointing.
It's always a great feeling running at Penn Relays and this year was no different. The crowd was out in full force and although the weather was a bit chilly, it wasn't a bad day. It always feels good to put on the Canadian Uniform. Having the chance to do it at a meet such as Penn Relays is even better! You can't help but be pumped up. As coach Groves at Penn State used to say, "If you can't get excited for the Penn Relays, than damn it, you aint got no soul." It truly is an amazing meet.
Here's video of the race:
Even up at the altitude in Flag and Sedona this week we've had a couple of solid workouts. I'll get some more details up about them later.