Thursday, June 18, 2015

1 Week to the USA Outdoor Track and Field Champs: Last week's training

Even though I was racing during the Portland Track Festival this past weekend, I was still fortunate enough to watch some incredible performances from the infield on both Saturday and Sunday. What a meet! We were all treated to amazing races in everything from the 600 meters (a rare outdoor distance) all the way to the 10,000 meters. Portland Track Festival put itself on the map this year as one of the best distance meets in the country. While there were many performances to get excited about, for me the most impressive had to be the men's 1500 with Evan Jager and Garrett Heath gutting out lightning fast times. Jager ran the fastest time for an American on US soil and Garrett Heath run very close to his PR at 3:34 in tough efforts for both. For those that missed it, I highly encourage you to check out the results and watch the race footage.

As for my race, I'm satisfied with the effort. I was about a second and a half off my PR in the 1500, but I cost myself that time by trying to race it like a 10km. I decided I would try to be a little aggressive and fight for position in the middle of the race, moving up and out and back, up and out and back. I raced it like an amateur, but to be fair, I still am quite amateur at that distance. My goal going in was to knock the rust off the legs, and I certainly accomplished that without digging too deep less than two weeks out from the USA Track and Field Championships. I came back and paced the men's 5000 meter race for 2km in order to add a little volume to my workout day. Coming off 10km training to these shorter distances, I feel that I'm unable to completely max my body out, and I recovered quickly, coming back for one more 10km based workout on Wednesday.

Below I've listed out the last 10 days of training, as well as the rest of the week's planned training. The volume will be cut down significantly over the next week in preparation for the 10km in Eugene on the 25th of June. While my one 10km of the year at Payton Jordan did not go as planned, all of my training before and after has been as good as it has ever been, so I can easily call that day a fluke and get ready to defend my 3rd place position next week in an attempt to qualify for the US IAAF World Track and Field team. This year's US Championships has more talent than last year, but I feel that I am under-raced and I'm confident in my training. I expect and hope the pace to be fast, and I'm willing to help make that happen if need be. There are several very fast athletes who do not have the IAAF 'A' standard heading in, which will undoubtedly lead to an honest race. That will suit me well. For those who can't make it to Eugene, you can tune in on NBC Sports and NBC. Thanks again for reading, and follow me here on Twitter for more updates.

Week 28 AM PM Strength/Drills Mileage
Monday 11.5 5.5 40 minutes 17
Tuesday 5 15 x 200 @ 28-29 w/200 meter jog recovery 15
Wednesday 12.5 off 40 minutes 12.5
Thursday 5 Fartlek: 3 x (3 min, 1 min) w/equal recovery jog 15
Friday 9 5 14
Saturday 7 + drills and strides off 7.5
Sunday 2 mi shakeout race PTF, 1500 + pace 2km of the 5km race 9.5
TOTAL 90.5
Week 29 AM PM Strength/Drills Mileage
Monday 9 5 40 minutes 14
Tuesday 5 12 17
Wednesday off 2 mile tempo (9:27), 2 mile interval (8:54), 1 mile (4:20), 800 meters (2:05), 2 x 200 (29) 12
Thursday 9 5 30 minutes 14
Friday 13-14 + drills and strides off 14
Saturday off off 0
Sunday 5 x 1km @ 2:55-3:00 w/1 minute rest + 6 x 200 @ 28-30 off 10
TOTAL 81

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