Disappointing conclusion to the short spring season. While I love the sport of running, it’s not always personal best and linear progression. I will admit this season was HARD. I tried telling myself that if I never said out loud how poor training and races were going that maybe I could pull something out in the last meet of the year. While unable, I truly am thankful for the opportunity to be able to travel and race many times. 12 months ago I never thought I would be racing, let alone training at the level I am at now. So while I may be embarrassed about Portland I know bigger things to come. You learn something from every race and I’m starting to understand I need to trust my coach (my pops) more with when it’s time to stop when the body is saying it needs a break.
US 25k Championships (River Run|Grand Rapids, MI)
- Flew out for this race bright and early the morning after the spring semester concluded. Planned to travel with an old teammate & friend Hunter Hayes, but work caused him to miss last minute. The weather for this race was perfect, especially this time of the year coming from the heat in the South, ~37* and cloudy for the duration of the race. Was surprising to have to wear gloves when it was summer time! Took out the race in about 9-10th place for the first few miles, alongside Will Nation, clipping along with sub 5 min feeling smooth. Got through 10k in ~31:10 with my legs under me knowing that sub 67 for the HM split was possible (Goal was sub 67 through HM to get CIM qualifier). Kept rolling around the 5 min/mile mark until about 8 miles when the course crossed the river and turned around to head back. I was running solo at this point and I truly thought that there was a head wind the first half of the race… until I crossed the river and ran towards the finish line. The back half of the race was tough and I tried to hang out after getting a cramp at 15k (10k to go). Came through the HM in 68:10 and finished 16th Looking back, it was a great experience and atmosphere. Would have loved to have more company during the race, will just need to be fitter next time to be able to keep up with the two front groups! As for the sub 67, looking for a race this fall to get the time in my buildup for another marathon attempt.
Portland Track Festival
- I knew about 10 laps into the 10,000m that I should call it a day. Back tightened up and I was struggling to run 74/75’s. Came through 5000m in 15:10 exhausted, 4 seconds off my first 5k in Richmond. I thought coming off of my poor MCDC performance that the significant weather change from Nashville (82*/90% humidity) to Portland would be enough to go for a personal best but boy I was wrong haha. It’s a bit confusing but when the body is tired not much you can do but reset and go from there. The Lewis & Clark track was a beautiful setup and the weather was perfect (54*). Was great to see some familiar faces at the meet in old SEC competitors, rabbit athletes, & people I’ve met on the running circuit. May be time to “hang up the spikes” till I graduate from veterinary school, but I know I’ll be back one day. Truly love racing on the track and would love to opportunity to take down my college 10,000m PB of 29:49. Might just have to do that on the road before then 😉