I realize there was a popular movie by this title, but that is not my reference today. I am referring to our AZ summer and fall workouts; most happen before sunrise. While a good portion of the city is snuggled under the covers my teammates and I are out there running after our dreams. We have seen some amazing sunrises this week, a full moon over south mountain with coyotes running about to the west and then the sun rising over the Superstition mountains in the east. Track today was almost completed before the sun was up.
September training is on the books and it was a successfully month of building miles, adding speed, starting to race and attempting to rest more. The other big thing is high school cross country, I just love helping coach the kids and seeing the improvements and excitement in the new runners. I really love running with the kids but mainly do my workouts in the morning so I can coach them at practice. We have a fun Twilight Cross Country Festival meet coming up this week. Lots of high school students from around the state and country.
Last weekend I raced Moonvalley Grasshopper Bridge 5k. I love this race because it seems to kick off the fall racing season, despite being in September and temperatures hovering about 90 at the 7am start. Training has been tough this last month due to asthma complications. I really did not know what to expect but was just happy to get to the start line. There was a team division for added fun! Coach John matched us up with 2 teams of 3 girls. At the last minute a teammate did not make it for the race but our female team won for fastest female team! It was great to see so many fast and competitive runners out racing. I finished 3rd Master in 20:15. Hoping to drop that time! I also got to meetup with a couple Oiselle flock team members too, Yissel and Hayley.
This weekend I head to Tucson to run in Jim Click’s 8k Run and Roll. I have not run too many 8ks so I am sure whatever I run it will be a PR. Excited to meetup and race with Tucson teammates Amy and Autumn, plus Priscilla making the trip too. More Oiselle flock meetups happening this weekend too, get to meet my Tucson teammates in person!
Up next will be half marathon in Long Beach, CA. Looking forward to testing out my speed, endurance and overall fitness. Side benefit my brother and his family will come up from San Diego to watch me race!! Yippee! Also scoping out Oiselle flock members that will be racing in Long Beach, Ca too.
- reduce lung inflammation and improve asthma symptoms
- Run a solid strong half marathon in Long Beach, CA. shooting for sub 1:25 time
- Still dreaming big of qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials.
Just for fun my video clip from Sonoran Distance Project 243 series today : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jA7axix-vA&feature=youtu.be
Also just for fun checkout the video for “The Dozen” core exercises on Oiselle’s website. I am the first demon aka “bicycle abs” we filmed these at camp this summer
Shoutout to my teammate Arianna Hilborn racing Twin Cities this weekend, go crush it girl!
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