European Racing Plan:
- 3k at Gothenburg Swedish Grand Prix 7/16 Result: 9:11.04
- Steeplechase at London Diamond League 7/23 Result: 9:47
- 1500m at Karlstad Swedish Grand Prix 7/27 Result: 4:15, Rabbit 1 mile of Steeplechase
- 3k at Joensuu Games in Finland 7/30 Skipped due to heel injury
- Travel Eastern Europe 8/1-8/21
My racing was mediocre until my 1500m and rabbiting in Karlstad. Racing the steeplechase in London was an amazing opportunity. I got to race in the 2012 Olympic Stadium, in front of 70,000 fans, with lots of tough women in the race, including the 2012 Olympic gold medalist.
Karlstad went a lot better. We ran most of the race a tad bit slower than our all-out race pace, so I kicked as hard as I could at 300m to get 3rd. 20 minutes later I rabbited the steeplechase. I was worried because I am so bad at pacing my own workouts, but I was able to be right on 9:40 pace through one mile. Rabbiting is a lot different than racing, because you know you are only going half the distance, but I was amazed at how good I felt. I felt like I could have pushed through to a 9:40 steeplechase right then and there, which makes me frustrated my last two steeplechase races have been so poor. After feeling so good rabbiting, I know the poor races are due to my mentality. I am overwhelmed by how much my mental state can affect how I physically feel in a race. Amazing.
Now I am traveling through Eastern Europe with my Dad. We have seen Tallinn, Estonia, Riga, Latvia, and now we are in Vilnius, Lithuania. I love the contrast between the medieval, soviet, and modern European architecture.