Hey guys, hope everyone’s offseason training’s been going well. It’s good to be getting around to racing season again, and I’m sure everyone else is as excited as I am. I’ll just talk about what’ve I’ve been doing since I last wrote in December.
After Footlocker Nationals, I went 16 days without running a single mile. I just sat around the house and ate everything I’m not supposed to eat during the season. When I started running again, I started out at 37 miles a week and increased about 5 miles every two or three weeks until I peaked at 60 two weeks ago. Most weeks have included a tempo run and some other type of quality workout. Our team did a lot of circuit weight training and tried out some plyometric exercises as well. We’ve focused more on increasing top-end speed than we have in the past, so hopefully that’ll help this year. My first race was on February 21 at the Kentucky Invite. I knew my legs wouldn’t feel fresh going into the race because I had already done two workouts in the four days before the meet, and I felt it during the race. But I still ran 9:26, which is faster than I ran last year at state, so it’s hard not to be happy with that. The best part of the meet was probably watching my teammate The Jordan Chaney run a 1:56 in the 800.
I’ll be going up to Boston to run the 2 mile at Nike Indoor Nationals this weekend. We’re leaving this Friday to fly up there, and I’m running sometime in the morning on Sunday. We’ve made sure not to taper at all for this meet because it’s still early and my focus is still on running well in May. But my training’s been a lot better than a month ago, so I’m hoping to run a good PR this weekend. I’ve learned that in a race like this, it’s better to worry about competing and beating people than it is to try to run a good time, so that’s my strategy. I’m also looking forward to the trip itself and hanging out with my friends from the Knoxville area and also some of the guys I met at Footlocker. My family went to Boston a couple years ago and it’s a great place, so I’m excited to go back. Hopefully it won’t be too cold.
As for the rest of the year, the only big outdoor meet I’m running before regionals and state is the Vol Classic. I’ll also planning on running the Music City Distance Carnival and Nike Outdoor Nationals in June. My main focus this year is on the 1600 and 3200, but I may run the 4x800 if our team finds another person to run it besides me, Jordan, and Hunter Tipton. I’m not going to say anything at this point about where I’m looking at going to college because I honestly have no idea.
I’ll write again on Monday (if I can stay awake after the trip back) to share any post-race thoughts.. Until then, good luck to everyone competing and I’ll talk to you guys later.