Just like that – my indoor track season is over! It has been a chilly couple weeks here in New Jersey, complete with frozen pipes and days snowed in, but we are getting the work done. That has sort of been the motto throughout the winter, just get the work done. The season was a quick three races in four weeks, starting off with a mile, then two miles, then a 3,000 meter race all at the infamous New York City Armory. The indoor track feels like home, as we practice there often.
So far 2015 can be described as: “so far, so good … now keep your head down and work harder.”
I opened up the season with a personal best in the mile at 4:32, and continued with a personal best in the two mile as well, 9:42 and finished up with a near-best of 8:57 at the Millrose Games in the 3,000. This winter, considering last winter did not go at all how I hoped, the plan was to train, decide what I was ready to do, and execute on that plan. As crazy as it may sound, it has been a really long time since I have set time goals for myself and then set out to just execute them.
Gags is infamous for his pep talk pre-race which sounds like this “Above all, be a great freakin’ competitor.” That is all he asks of us – and I think it is pretty crucial. That being said, I think equally important is believing that you are prepared. Emotion and going above and beyond is what makes someone great, but you need to keep that on reserve. A large part of the process is remaining calm, and gaining confidence by checking off the boxes in training and then seeing how that hard work can create logical race results. This winter, I was doubly lucky because of the strong, fit, and impressive training partners I have! Watching them beat a former World Record, achieve personal bests, and improve tremendously helped me to believe in myself too. To have such great training partners helping me improve on weaknesses has been an integral part of my development with this group. Moreover, to have such great friends has helped me to believe in myself, because they believe in me! (*aww*)
Next up, is a whole lot of weeks of training! I gave myself a down week, which included a day or two off and then just running however much I wanted to for a week. Now, it is back to work and hoping that the snow continues to melt away! I will head down to Florida in March to see my parents, which will be a great way to kick start the spring season. It is time to think about hurdling and steepling – I cannot wait.
Moreover, it is time to think about GRADUATING~! I have a few important tests coming up and thoughts to consider when it comes to the non-running component of my life and I am looking forward to resolving those things as well. For my last semester I have been working as a clinical law student, meaning I get to work on real cases with real clients, not just read books all day. It has been a really wonderful way to culminate the experience.
Talk to you soon! For now:
Thanks Zach Hetrick for the amazing photos at practice this winter! http://www.zachhetrick.com