Hi everyone. Back again with what feels like the yearly update. There were a couple different reasons why I haven't written anything lately. The first is of course, laziness. I'm enjoying my summer of unemployment, not taking summer classes, and just focusing on training so I guess writing a blog felt a little too much like work so that drove me away from it. The second reason is because I wanted something worthwhile to talk about. You'll find out later in this post that my outdoor season didn't exactly start with a bang and no one wants to read about that, so I held off and waited until I got it together a little bit. The point is, we're back, feeling good, and ready to start sharing with the Trackie world again.
So after my indoor season, I was feeling pretty discouraged that I once again couldn't get a 4x800m team to the CIS championships and even more discouraged that everyone seemed to forget the progress that I made the previous season. I did PB in the 1000m and I ran my fastest 4x800m split ever but I was definitely less consistent than I was the previous year so I can understand why onlookers would think I regressed this season. This wasn't a good feeling but instead of being a big baby about it I wanted to use it as motivation for the outdoor season to get back on track after my meltdown at OUA's.
I followed through with my goals that were outlined in my last post. For those of you that forget, or didn't read it in the first place, I really wanted to focus on the little things that I have a bad habit of neglecting. I have been doing plenty of mobility drills, strides on easy days or long run days, and I'm also the strongest I've ever been since moving up to the 800m (used to play football and be a sprinter so certainly not the strongest I've ever been in my life).
When I got going again after indoor season we kind of reset a little bit. We did a lot of aerobic strength stuff and stayed off the track quite a bit. I hated it but I knew it must be done. I got anxious to race again pretty quickly but my coach really wanted to be patient and build up slowly. This was frustrating but I tried to be as patient as possible and on May 14 I did my usual routine of opening up my season with a 1500m. At this point I hadn't really done anything faster than 1500m pace on the track so while my turnover was feeling pretty sluggish I felt like I was fit enough for it to go well. On race day it was a very tropical feeling 7 degrees Celsius, just perfect for running fast. I made the decision to run in spandex because of the cold thinking "ya, most of the other guys will definitely put the split shorts away today", but when it came time to take the warm ups off I realized I was the only one in tights.. I'm a wimp. Despite the weather the goal was still to PB because I had only ran two 1500s before this and I didn't exactly set the standard too high. The race went pretty smoothly other than a portion from about 800m to 1100m. Just kind of fell asleep and trotted along for that bit, but nevertheless, I got out of there with a PB of 4:08. This gave me some confidence, not because the time was fast, but because it showed me that my strength was better than it ever had been before so I was excited to see how that would translate in an 800m.
Since it's taken me so long to write this I've decided to split it up into 2 parts so it's not such a long boring read.. So this is all you get for now. The next edition will include how all my 800m races have gone so far this year and my thoughts along the way.