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29 februari 2016
No more 'What If's': On to Outdoors!
Talking about lessons learned... In my last blog I said that the first rule for racing well is not leading if you don't have to. Well actually, I have changed my mind:
How To Run a Good Race New Rule 1: Feel Good!
This indoor season was a mess. I started out good, with a win in my first race. The next race was okay, although I made poor tactical decisions and led for the entire first half, which cost me on the end. The next week I wanted to run at a meet put on at the World Indoor Track here in Portland, but last-minute the mile was changed into a 1500m, which is not a distance you can qualify on for Nationals, so it made no sense to run it. Instead I had a great workout on that same indoor track: the times indicated that I had made a big step compared to where I was last year at this time, and that I was ready to run a fast mile and 3km. Confidence, confidence!
That was the good part of the season. Now on to the bad part. Instead of taking it easy after this workout and recovering properly, I trained hard over the weekend, and came out of that weekend tired. Despite following this hard week up by an easy week, I wasn’t recovered enough and felt awful in my race on Saturday. It was really too bad, because for the first time in the season, I was in a perfect heat with fast girls. All I had to do was follow… Which is not that easy when your legs do not want to cooperate.
After this race I had a good talk with my coach, and we decided to take it really easy for the next 2 weeks, and I had to promise him I would do exactly what he had in mind and not do more than what was on the schedule. I slowly started to feel better and thought that things were coming together just in time, but unfortunately I was still not recovered enough, and my race this weekend was almost as bad as the mile 2 weeks ago. I was placed in a bad heat, and no-one wanted to run fast. I didn't feel like leading again because we all know how poorly that worked out last time, but whenever I would try to get rid of the lead the pace would slow dramatically. I tried to run away from the field, but my legs didn't have any power in them. I then tried to just secure the win, but it is pretty hard to keep your mind into it when you know you are running incredibly slow and with every step, your dreams and goals for the season are slipping away.
If you look at my season, you can say that it was pretty terrible. On the positive side though, I am convinced that it was not a lack of fitness that explains my bad results. I think there was a moment in the season in which I was in shape to run records, and even to qualify for NCAA’s. Yet the most important thing going into races is that you feel good, that you are ready to go, and that is where I made the mistake. So what is the main lesson I learned? I learned that I should listen to (1) my coach, and (2) the signals of my body. My coach is very good in making sure that we do enough, but not too much; my body is very good in telling me when it is enough, and when it is too much. Usually when I don’t want to run, it means that my body is telling me to slow done, to take it easy, to take a day off. But for me, it is hard not to attribute this feeling of not wanting to run to just being lazy. So I usually ignore the feeling and go out of the door for my planned session eitherway. And that is how I end up in situations like this!
Let's end this blog more positive than it started, I have exciting news! I am having a little break now, and will resume training by the end of the week. Not for a 3km or for a 1500m or for a 5km, but… for a 10.0000 meters on the track at the Stanford Invitational! I am very excited to try this event and very curious to see what I can do in it! I am also definitely a little scared. 25 laps on a track is well, a lot.
I am going to write a little bit about my journey towards this 10km on the end of every week, so you can follow along with my preparation for this new, scary, exciting distance!
29 februari 2016 22:37 | Door: Anja
Soms zit het mee, soms zit het tegen. Zoals je zelf schrijft, luister naar je lichaam en je coach. Je weet het wel maar nu nog uitvoeren. Dat is best moeilijk hoor, zeker als je zo gedreven bent. En lui kunnen we je zeker niet noemen lieverd. Geniet van dit weekje en laat het even los. Een break kan geen kwaad. En je zult zien, dan heb je weer zin in de nieuwe uitdaging, de 10 kilometer in Stanford. En Anne jij gaat nooit uitdagingen uit de weg, maar anders zat je ook niet in Amerika. Een hele dikke knuf van mij. Trots op jou kanjer. X Mam
1 maart 2016 11:52 | Door: opa Luijten
Lieve Anne, jammer van je indoor-seizoen, volgend jaar beter. Dat jij naar je coach moet luisteren heeft je moeder al geschreven. Kop op en misschien beter op die 10 km die eraan komt, maar als je niet bent uitgerust zou ik niet eens starten om teleurstelling te voorkomen. Maar jij moet natuurlijk zelf beslissen .
Nu op naar het zomerseizoen. De groeten van oma en OPA
2 maart 2016 10:04 | Door: tante els
oh well, that's a whole new concept in my mind... Anne being lazy.....
Take care on the 10 k. And instead of thinking about times en numbers of laps: think about uncle Klaas and his way of keeping you in line when you run with him! You can run for hours then!
2 maart 2016 23:20 | Door: Sonja
My dearest Anne,
Don't be too hard on yourself and try to just let it happen spontaneously in the race itself, without thinking too much about all the theory behind it. Try to relax and enjoy what you're doing. Your body will definitely react in a positive way. For me you are number 1 with or without seeing the results.
Give yourself a so called 'schouderklopje'!
5 maart 2016 08:06 | Door: Monica and Erik
We hope you go out and enjoy your 10k run!