Wow, it is hard to believe, but it is outdoor season already! The weather in Greenville is finally nice and warm and I can run in a sport bra and shorts. But what is more exciting is that it is time for Steeplechase! And I love that my training now includes jumping hurdles and water/sand pit.
For most of my team it is a base training time but my season will be starting a little bit earlier. By the end of the March I will have my first outdoor race and will be running 5 km at Raleigh Relays which is pretty exciting. However, I have not had a very good 5 km race for a while, so I hope to run a big PB. After that, in mid-April, I will be racing at the Virginia Challenge Steeplechase while all my teammates will be attending altitude training in Flagstaff, AZ.
So basically I will be training on my own for the whole month of April until the Payton Jordan in Palo Alto, California where all Furman Elite athletes will be racing. Maybe it sounds a bit sad that I am not going to altitude training. Rather than focusing on the negative, I would rather focus on the positive and while it is awesome to have company to train with, I can get better by myself as well and it will make me stronger.
This is how I am planning on going into outdoor season. I have big goals and will do my best to achieve them. Firstly, I want to run a big PB in the 5 km, 1500 and run low 9:30 for steeplechase. The training at Furman is great and pretty challenging, it defiantly took me some time to adjust. But what else could you expect when training with the best athletes in the country? So far,I like it a lot and I really hope for great things to come in the future.