Done with AP Bio and history. Tomorrow is math, and I have English and Spanish next week. It’s been a lot of studying, a lot of cappuccinos (thanks to Le Pain Quotidien, Maison Kayser, and Starbucks for keeping me caffeinated), and not a lot of sleeping. I’m tired, hungry, and I just want it to be over. I probably won’t be able to sleep for over 7 hours tonight…great. I’ll be back in a few days once this is all over!
For those asking where I am, I have final exams this week, so I won’t be online a lot and I won’t be answering any questions. The pressure is on to ace them because it’s junior year :)
For those asking how my race went, I ran 5:20 which is okay. That’s a 4:56 1500 which is halfway to my goal of 4:40 for the outdoor season!
I’ll try to post when I can!
I’m running the mile. I originally had really high hopes for this race, and then I got really sick :’( so now I’m not sure where I stand, seeing as I can barely breathe out my nose. My original goal of 5:15 seems far away…but, as always, I will try my best. Going to try to go out conservatively and build from there (fast starts in the mile tend to drain me). I’d be happy with anything in the low 5:20s, honestly, given that I can barely breathe like I said.
This is a great video about Jenny Simpson’s life and career that popped up on my Youtube homepage. It’s really fun to watch.
An arrow can be shot only by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great.
So just take a deep breath and keep aiming.
I get super nervous before every race too! First of all, just try to take your mind off of it. Don’t do anything track-related—listen to your favorite music, do your homework, get together with friends, etc.
The day of the race, make sure to eat enough and drink extra water (I usually drink 3L on race day). When it’s time for the race, I like having a mantra to think about on the starting line (ex: “You must do the thing you think you cannot do” or anything that works for you). Aside from that, just have faith in your training and run like hell. Don’t take it easy during the race. When it feels hard, just remember how proud you’ll feel afterwards. The pain is 1000% worth it to be able to feel that post-race feeling. Good luck! :)
That’s so exciting!!! For the 800, I usually run my first 400 faster than my second 400. The third 200 is gonna suck no matter what, so it’s better to start a bit fast so that you can afford to slow down in the third 200 before you kick like hell in the final 200. Aside from that, don’t forget to use your arms when you kick!
For the mile, I usually like to start fast, hit my goal pace in the second quarter, slow down for the third quarter, and kick in the last quarter. Be careful not to get boxed in and try to get in a good position by the third quarter so that you’re in a good place when it’s time to kick.
I’ve never run the 3200 so I’m afraid that I can’t be of much help, but I’d just say that you should try to stay alert and focused. It’s a long race, so try to stay calm and keep your pace even and smooth. Sorry that I can’t be more helpful with this one!
Good luck!! Let me know how it goes :)
Sorry for the late response!
For the 800, you want to do both endurance and speed training. So do some long runs, some fartleks, and some tempo runs. For speed training, do some long intervals like 800s and 1000s as well as some short intervals like 400s, 200s, 100s, and 50s to help build up your finishing speed. If you want a good training plan, I’d suggest the 800 plan from Daniels’ Running Formula. I used it this winter and got really good results.
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