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.
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!
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I usually don’t recommend doing the same workouts every year, every season. It gets pretty boring, and, as any good coach could tell you, a runner needs new stimuli to make progress in fitness. BUT, every once in a while, it’s nice to directly compare the same type of workout year to year in order to see progess.
Last April, I headed to Fairview track in Boulder with Sara Slattery to attempt a 5 x 1000m (K) workout. The assignment was 75s/lap, or 3:07 per K, with 3 minutes rest. I struggled, struggled, struggled through 3, started a forth, and crawled home in about 2:35 for an 800m. (Sara S. rocked it, if I recall.)
Yesterday, I had basically the same workout here in Beaverton (yay, sea level).* However, Coach Cookie wanted me to run a mile (!), then 5 x K w/ 1:45 rest, then 2 x 400m fast. I was a little nervous to say the least, remembering this horrible failed experiment last April.
Yeah, it went great. The mile was easy, the Ks progressively got faster, and I did the quarters at 1500m race pace. I was very satisfied with it! And it was great to have awesome pacers and training partners. Carrie Dimoff also rocked the workout. :)
I think most of the satisfaction came from the fact that I can see in black-and-white in my training logs the progress I have made. Clearly, my ability to do a 5 x K workout has gotten better. Way better.
However, I have NO IDEA what this means over 1500m. And I know I still have a lot of work to do…
I race 1500m on Sunday at Peyton Jordan in Palo Alto, CA. Brent will race 10,000 later that same night. Wish us luck!
When you’re training very hard, and nothing is out of the ordinary (no new injury, chamionship won, PR, or pregnancy to tell about), its easy to ignore the blog. I’ve recently felt as though I have nothing to report. Things have been going according to plan, which makes my running life somewhat…boring.
But you know what’s not boring?
Just looking at it makes my heart pound. Thinking about wearing it makes me want to, as Sara Hall put it, “sprint a Long Run.” And though being here in Istanbul and representing my country was all part of the plan, it’s anything but mundane.
I am incredibly excited and feeling so blessed to have this oportunity. And if I’m able to take advantage of this opportunity (which I plan to), it shall be rather exciting!
Aside from the international competition and World Championship experience, I’ve been trying to take in as much of the Turkish culture as possible. Each day I’ve encountered something new. Among them: being chased by stray dogs, making friends with an anchovy fisherman, seeing amazingly elaborate mosques, drinking super-strong coffee, sampling five different kinds of Turkish Delight (most for free, thanks to the beautiful Brenda Martinez, whom the Turkish men love), and buying little gifts for the girls.
Today (Thursday) will be pretty low key. Mostly relaxing in the hotel room. I just returned from a light massage and will head over to the competition venue soon. We’ve only had access to the practice track so far, so it will be nice to see where the races will take place. After that, a little skype with Brent and my girls, dinner, and hopefully a good night’s rest.
I race at 6:30 local time tomorrow night I’ll post an update after. Wish me luck!
Hey-I'm a personal trainer/track and field coach pursuing my running goals and I followed you guys a lot when you were with Jay Johnson. I really enjoyed the posted training videos to get insight on what your supplemental training consisted of. So, hows training in Oregon going? What made you guys decide to leave Colorado?
Great questions. We decided to leave Colorado for Brent to join Jerry Schumacher’s group here in Beaverton. The group offers a lot of world class training partners with whom Brent can train. Also, the resources here at Nike are unmatched.
That said, we loved Colorado, and always will. We will be back someday. This was a career move, but Boulder will always be our home. We also loved working with Jay Johnson and our training partners there. We will miss it, but this is something we had to do.
So far it’s going really well. Sara has PR’d by 3 seconds in the 1500m. Brent was injured when we left Boulder, but he’s back to training now. We’re hoping for a big 2012!!