Obviously, I lead for most of this race. When I saw the start of the race developing into a 10 minute 3k race, I wasn't interested anymore in my initial race plan(hanging out for the first mile then hammering with everything I had). I immediately laughed; then got to work on clipping off :76's, what I thought would be fairly realistic for me to run at 5,200ft. Once the group caught up to me my mental and physical capacities were blindsided. I gave into the pain of altitude and crumbled slightly but had I not gone for it I would have never gone to that dark place. This was important in my training because I have only been on the track for workouts a handful of times during this indoor season so each race has been another opportunity to test my fitness and get a little bit more fit. The following day in the 1500 I was able to execute a proper race plan coach Kep and I pieced together. I went with 600 to go, made moves on the straight aways and hit a huge freakin wall with 300 meters to go!!! I absolutely had nothing left! It was great!
The following week I was to continue training but that huge wall I hit took a few bricks out of me. I decided to listen to my precious body and give it some rest. I saw my massage therapist, Monica. She fixed my SI joint. It had been out for a few weeks leading up to USA's but I didn't wanna do anything out of the ordinary so I just dealt with the pain. I'm back on course now. First hill workout in awhile today, long run with progression in the middle on Sunday, light threshold Tuesday followed by a lil steeplechase track session Friday night in beautiful, warm Tempe! I hope everyone is having a fabulous week!
The view at 7,600ft after my hill workout this morning!
I also celebrated my 27th birthday while in Albuquerque(:
200 meter into the 3k when I suddenly realized my race plan was changing before my eyes!