Today’s Rundown- 13 Total Miles AM- 10 Miles (5 @ 7:15 pace, pitstop for water, 5 @ 6:47 pace) PM- 3 miles @ 8:40 pace
Early this morning when I woke up, like every other modern day girl of 2012, checked my email from my phone while still in bed. I had a whole bucket load of new followers. Until I die I will be surprised when anyone wants to read a word I type so immediately I thought wordpress must be busted.
Turns out RoseRunner had written about me on her website. Judging by how many people were sent my way, that girl is popular. I had no idea one of my blogging heroes even knew I was alive so I did an extra excited early morning happy jig. An old picture that fittingly describes how shocked I felt when I realized she was recommending little ole me:
My Olympic Trials Finals Picks
On a somewhat (stay with me here) related note the picture above was taken immediately after I had a major blow up and been lapped by superstar Tara Erdmann and about 8 bazillion other speedy girls at an indoor meet at the Univ. of WA. I could go into detail but the truth is I forgot how to run. After the race my friend asks “Wow, are you okay? That was really embarrassing.” I wanted to die. Adding insult to injury my smart alec coach says in a concerned but kind voice “When you get passed you are supposed to move out of the way, it’s track etiquette. I didn’t tell you because I didn’t think you were going to get LAPPED!” I’m like “Can I get you a shovel to dig my shame hole a little bigger?!?”
Afterwards I shut that day and Erdmann out of my mind until the Trials start and I spot a girl I recognize on the starting line with Shalane Flanagan. I saw her and felt VINDICATED. I mean, how embarrassing is it to get lapped by someone who has a legitimate shot at being in the Olympics?!? Not at all!! Sooooooo I’m pulling for Tara Erdmann in the finals because that track meet was awkward, blurry, and embarrassing just like my picture above.
Like every other runner girl who loves a success story I am pulling for Lauren Fleshman. I’m guessing you are aware of her backstory of constant injuries for the last 9 months. During her 5000 meter heat last night she pulled off an incredibly gutsy race to qualify for the Finals Heat. The thing is Lauren did it on only 10 miles a week. JAW-DROPPING. She needs to sell that 10 mile a week training program to Runner’s World pronto. “10 miles a week to the Olympic Trials”. I’d buy that issue. We all love Lauren because she wears her heart on her sleeve. She blogs about her highs and maybe more importantly her lows too which makes it another favorite of mine. I appreciate runners exposing the emotional side, know what I mean? I also adore her unfiltered side. So on that note I am sharing with you my all time favorite post race interview of ANY athlete (only 16 seconds long and very worth it) HERE She is just so awesome.
I hope you are all having a great week!! I’ve shifted all my workouts this week to fit in a 5K this weekend (that I will not be tapering for) so I will be doing my longest run in a great while tomorrow. Wish me luck and Happy Training! Let me know who you are loving (and who you are not loving) in the Olympic Trials. Visit RoseRunner and tell her that I’ve one upped her and “Highly Recommend” her.