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Focusing on Consistency

Hey All!

I hope you are all having a wonderful and blessed Sunday!

Workout Update
Now let’s jump right in! This week was a great week on the track! We finished up our first cycle so it was a recovery week. We even had Saturday off! Yes, typically we practice Monday – Saturday. Anyways, this week I was focused on being consistent especially during our long running workouts. While I, of course, want to be consistent with everything, I put an emphasis on my longer workouts this week. I am accustomed to running myself into shape and by that I mean running (almost) as hard as I can every rep until I run out of gas. The consequence of that is I do well on some reps and end up jogging random reps or the last few; making me very inconsistent. My new coach however does not believe in “slugging around the track”. He pulled me to the side last week and said if I couldn’t handle the reps he would put me with the group that does shorter reps with less recovery. Continue reading Focusing on Consistency

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Weight Room Update, Advice, and Tips

Hey All,

I’m going to format my post so that I give you an update on practice, advice to young athletes, and tips for the average person. I have each section in bold.

Practice Update

I just finished my second week of practice. The first week was what they call an “introduction” week and even though it was supposed to be mild, everyone in the group would agree it was anything but mild. Everyone was sore!!! Especially me, because as you know I haven’t trained since last year. This week was even more intense with timed runs that equaled about 300 – 600 meters on the track. This was a great opportunity to see what kind of shape I am actually in and how far I have to go. To my surprise, I am not too far off. 🙂 But I still have a ways to go. Continue reading Weight Room Update, Advice, and Tips

Itching

It’s 2014 and indoor season is here! Many of my track friends have opened up there indoor seasons this weekend. I being a stan found out their results online or talked to them shortly after their races. I’m happy to see that everyone has had pretty decent openers in their respective events. I decided to sit in the stands for this indoor season and not race. I may do an off event (300, 500, 600) here or there but I won’t try to make the Indoor World Championship Team, instead I want to focus my efforts on my event, the 400 hurdles. I’m sooo excited for the season. I’m ready to start putting my race together and kill this year. I have big plans for the season but it all starts with practice! I remember when I was in high school one of my teacher’s hated the phase, “Practice makes perfect.” She said it’s an untrue statement because if you aren’t practicing “correctly” you will never “make perfect.” My teacher preferred her own saying, “Perfect practice makes perfect.” This is actually a lesson I’ve learned during my track career. Just because you are practicing everyday, giving it your all, doing your best, following all your coaches instructions doesn’t mean that you will perfect your event because you may be indeed practicing all the wrong things. During this past year I have become a student in the 400 hurdles and now other events don’t interest me as much (when it comes to me competing in them), I’d rather focus my attention on perfecting the 400 hurdles. My main focus this year is my left lead leg. Last year it cost me anywhere from half a second to a full second (that’s 55.15-55.65), it was so uncoordinated, when I used it as a lead leg I slowed down and lost momentum. :/ This year after months and months of drilling, it’s finally pretty coordinated! About half the time I use it, it’s great! The other half is a little off sometimes. I just really have to focus. Soon I think it will be as natural as my right leg 😀

Anyways, all this to say I am very, very excited to start really working on them and putting my race together. All this conditioning and short hurdle work is a drag. I know I need it in order to get where I want to be in the longs but geez enough already! Time to get to down to business! I have about 9 weeks before outdoor starts 😀 So I’m just itching to get around this track! Well, I’m more so itching to practice these hurdles. Soon I’ll be on them at least 3 times a week (I literally can’t wait). Few people know this but I actually hate flat running. It’s soooo boring. Nothing to think about, just running :/ and don’t even get me started on my dislike for long runs! But I LOVE hurdling, even the shorts I love them too but the longs… gush… I can’t even describe my love for them. The fitness, the rhythm, the zone, you have to be in… it’s just … <3.  This year, I have a new race strategy this year and I’m so thirsty to see if it works and what about it needs to be tweaked (there is always room for improvement). Anyways, the next 9 weeks I will be transforming into beast mode!

Thanks for reading!