Saturday, December 22, 2007

First Track Race

Got it over with...the first track race in 2 years! Once again, the people in Boston prove to be some amazing track competitors and spectators.

I had such mixed feelings about this race. The race, wasn't a big one. We didn't change our training for it, we didn't focus on it. It was just short of being a workout. I can not minimize, however, the importance of this one little race to me.

My last time on the track came in the winter of 06. I had been training in Flagstaff at the High Altitude Training Center for 6 months. I completely changed my training to focus on my weak points, strength. I ran so many long intervals (A typical week would be Tues mile repeats with 1 minute rest, Wed 10x 1 min treadmill hills at 15% incline with equal rest, Thursday 3 sets of circuits with 400s and 600s, Sat track workout like 10x400 @mile race pace with 2min rest, Sun 10 mile marathon pace run). I am a good soldier and did absolutely everything that was prescribed, but when the time came to race I was racing the slowest I had in over 6 years.

What a weird feeling to give up so much, to put so much time and energy and soul into something; to find out that it was a BIG WASTE OF TIME. And time is not something that I feel like I have a lot of in this sport. I just turned 36! You listen to some of the broadcasts or read some of the message boards and you would think that I would be scooting around the track with a walker and oxygen tank. I don't believe this...heck, I keep hearing rumors that Geb is really 40...didn't he just break the wr in the marathon?

This race today was about coming over self doubt. It was the last stage in my full recovery from Flagstaff...I am healthy. I can workout harder and faster than ever, and I can race and enjoy it. I didn't run super fast(4:34 & 2:05); but it was so exhilarating to be out on the oval, knocking elbows. I felt like myself again.


Anonymous said...

Hang in there Jen...You'll have the world by the tail again in no time.

Merry Christmas and a great New Year.

walt said...

welcome back jen. best wishes in 2008 for all aspects of your life. run with passion.

Anonymous said...

Just found your blog, Jen, and enjoyed catching up with your running. Kudos for having the courage to try something new and also for having the courage to learn from things and find what works for YOU! It is a journey and these past two years have shown you how much you really WANT to be a runner. I'll be checking back in to watch you get faster and cheering you on!! - Genevieve -

korviev said...

Hi Jen,

Thanks for starting this blog. My friends and I have been rooting for you to reach your goals back in 2004. It was tough to figure out where you were racing.

Good luck to you this year. That strength training may still pay off- not bad having those miles in the bank.