Friday, April 18, 2014

Kicking Off the Outdoor Season at Mt. Sac

I’m racing a 1500m this weekend at Mt. Sac.  The race should be a lot of fun – low pressure, quality field, and gorgeous California weather. Also, Brooks is sponsoring the event, and our sports marketing team put together an awesome athlete tent area filled with gold sunglasses, airbrush tattooing, and giant plastic cheetahs.  I can’t wait to get a few tattoos and tell my dad I got more real ones.

At the same time, I’m feeling pretty insecure going into this outdoor season.  I knew moving and changing programs would be a big transition for me, but I don’t think I understand how long it would take for me to adjust.  I really enjoy the city of Seattle, the team, and Brooks corporate, but it’s taking my mind longer than I thought to really come to terms with Seattle being home.  Even more discouraging for me is it seems to be taking my body a long time to catch up.  My hips are usually sore from trying to reincorporate speed and drills back into my routine.  I’ve had some pretty good workouts, but I don’t feel like I am smashing them, like I was at this time last year.  But, then again, I peaked last year at Payton Jordan, so perhaps it’s good I don’t feel like I’m on top of the world yet.  Either way, this was the year to take a chance and make a move, and I’m glad I did.

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