October 11, 2013

Coming Home

When we made the decision to move our family to Beaverton, Oregon, we didn’t think we’d be right back where we started two years later. We moved out with the intentions of chasing our dreams to the end. We though it was the best way for Brent to reach his potential, being coached by the best and training with the best. As it turns out, what’s best isn’t necessarily what’s right for us as a family. So we’re back in Colorado, all together, where we belong. BUT our two years in Oregon weren’t for nothing. We cherish our time there.

Jerry is the best. Team Schumacher is the absolute BEST.

We moved there for Brent. He was the one making the “big bucks.” His career was/is our family’s livelihood. We had to do what was best for him. The choice was obvious. But, as it turns out, it was the best thing in the world for my running, as well.

In our two short years, here’s what I learned:

1. How hard women can actually train. Shalane. Flanagan. I’ve learned more from her than she will ever know. I pushed myself beyond what I thought I was capable of every three days for nearly two years. I PR’d in practice in every distance from 3k to 18 miles. 18 MILES! I ran 18 miles! (And it was only a fraction of Shalane and Kara’s workout.)

2. To expect success. To some degree, I think when you’re an “underdog,” success is scary. If I ever accomplished what I see in my head, how much would my world change? Drastically, right?! And that’s a bit scary. But when you stop thinking of success as a maybe, and start expecting it, that’s when good things happen. Evan, Dan, Lopez, Alan,  Bumbi, Nelly, Simon, Matt, Chris, CD, Elliot, German, Shalane, Kara, Lisa, Emily - they all showed me what it looks like to expect success. These guys are gamers. They’re not scared. Something I could afford to get better at.

3. Take yourself seriously. Our sport is full of skepticism and doubt. I’m totally guilty of spending way too much time worrying about other runners. This team has taught me to keep focus on doing things the right way. Hard work. Period, the end.

3. Runners are good people. I almost can’t believe how fortunate we are to have been a part of this team. We felt like family from day one. I feel loved, my husband feels loved, our kids feel loved. We’ve made friends for life. As tough as our sport can be, that’s one thing I’ll never take for granted.

It’s been a whirlwind of a last two years. World Indoor Team, DFL Olympic Trials 1500m, Oxy steeplechase success, missed opportunities…

Who knows what the future holds for our running. But come what may, our time in Oregon was invaluable. I would make the same decision in a heartbeat.

Love you guys.

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January 29, 2013

Glasgow International Match

Quick Recap:

I flew out of Portland Wednesday morning and landed in Glasgow Thursday afternoon. The hosting organization for this meet was great. Someone was waiting to pick me up and zoom me to the hotel.

I checked in and went on a nice shakeout run with my roommate for the weekend, Geena Gall. We definitely chose the wrong way to go on the path and ended up jogging six miles through old warehouses and dock buildings along the Clyde River. Good conversation made up for the lack of scenery. :)

After dinner and a solid night’s sleep (12 hrs, woohoo!), Geena and I decided on a day trip to Edinburgh. An easy 45 minute train ride, and we were 800m away from an amazing and historic castle. We paid the steep entry fee and spent about an hour wondering through the halls and buildings on sight. What a great experience. We could see the entire city of Edinburgh from the castle. It was such a nice escape from the hotel room!

Upon return, we did another shakeout run with a few strides from the hotel and a dinner of stuffed chicken, veggies, and potatoes. Though I knew what haggis was, I did not realize that’s what the chicken was stuffed with. Oh well, another Scottish experience!!

I slept well again and had a normal race-day morning. A little jog, a big breakfast, and a long wait…

Then, to the track! It was a well-run meet so it was easy to know what to expect. I did my normal warm-up then went to the call room for a little more waiting…

I stepped onto the track with a pretty definite race plan, which I didn’t follow at all. The race went out terribly slow, as expected, but because I had hip 1, I was on the rail and in the lead, without really wanting to be there. With three laps to go, I figured it was time to get the pace going. I knew the Russian (4:00 PR) and the German (4:04 PR) wouldn’t wait much longer. With one lap to go, I was on the leader’s shoulder, perfectly positioned to make a final pass for the win, but she slowly pulled away and I could not find another gear to stay with her! I truly wanted the win, but I’m satisfied (for now) with being competitive with two Olympians with much faster PRs than I have.

Positive take-aways: I dealt with the travel and time-change well. It was my first race of the indoor season and I was pleased. I closed in 1:35 for my last 600m - not sure I’ve ever done that before, especially indoors. It was a good start to 2013!

January 29, 2013

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Anonymous asked: I watched Brent's general strength video when he was with Jay Johnson. In the video he refers to roaches as a type of sit up. I can't find any info regarding a roach. Could you help? Thanks.

Hi there, a roach is a type of sit-up where your knees and shoulder lift up and lower simultaneously.  See pictures: