2016 was a bit of a weird year for me as an athlete. It started off great with a good step forward in the Jax bank 1/2 and a sign that I was going in the right direction heading into the Olympic Trials. I felt that I was in PR shape, and ready to roll. I did a 16 mile simulation run, and had a very weird feeling. I told Ryan, I don't know why, but I just feel like that was my race. It was too easy, it went by too effortlessly and that workout in the past had been a real grinder. Three days later I would have very bad back pain that would allow me to hobble through the Trials in 3:11, and keep from training again until May. Throughout all of the time I was injured the Oiselle team was so supportive, and encouraging. What a great place to lay your running head! In the arms of people who are proud of you even when things don't go to plan.
|It felt like an eternity to cover the miles to get this medal. But I knew I was stronger for it.|
Once we got home it was time to get ready for the Akron Marathon. July and August were filled with a lot of running, and some very slow races as each race was run in over 80 degrees and high dew point.
Somehow I managed to win these races, and keep plugging away with goals for September's Akron Marathon. I trained my butt off. It was a strength cycle for sure, seeing over 100 miles a week a number of times, and doing my longest day of 28 miles under 6:30 pace. I rarely saw any work under 5:55 pace. Just loads of miles and a lot of time on my feet. Oh and thousands of core reps. THOUSANDS!!! Have I mentioned how much core I did! All to get back to pre baby healthy, and stay strong enough to manage the demand of running and staying healthy! And it worked!
|It was a hot, and muggy training cycle, but worth every drop of sweat.|
|I love you gals, and hope our paths cross soon!|
Finally race day in Akron came and went, and while the very challenging course, and 70+ degrees again yielded a much slower time than I would have liked, it was thrilling to win my hometown race for the second time.
|A feeling I won't soon forget.|
I am running under Steph Bruce Rothstein now, and really excited to see what we can do together! I think we can make a good match for training! My goals for 2017 are big, and scary, but I am excited to chase after them. For now they look like this:
Austin 3M Jan 22nd- Run a new 1/2 marathon PR (under 1:16). Race tough, and give myself a chance to run a PR. Don't be afraid of "failure" because it isn't real, and this false sense of reality has never made me stronger, nor faster.
USA 15k March 11th-Put myself out there and in position for a top 10-15 spot, and roll with the punches. Bring home a new PR (under 53:00) and a strong race, full of begin fearless (not stupid, I will use my intelligence as well, but know I gave myself every chance to race well here).
USA 1/2 Marathon April 29th- Pretty much the same as USA 15k. Stick my nose out there and come away stronger!
USA 25k May 13th- Run under 90 mins and be in the top 10.
Bjorklund 1/2 June 17th- Run under 1:15.
Fall Marathon- Qualify to the 2020 Olympic Trials. Put myself in a position to race fast, and come home with a new PR 2:36-2:38 sounds nice!
So there you have it! I have a lot of work to do to make them reality, but I have never been one to shy away from working hard to reach a goal. I have hope in my heart, and a passion for this sport and the people who make it so great. I can not wait to chase down some goals, and watch others accomplish theirs along the way! Good bye 2016! Cheers to a brighter, stronger, and faster 2017!