Hey! Wanted to get everyone up to speed on some events that have happened this summer and my plans for the fall and winter.
First, I GRADUATED high school in June! WooHoo!!! :D
I will be attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the Fall under Pre- Kinesiology.
At the end of June I went up to Duluth, MN for Grandma's Marathon. While I was there I interviewed with Carrie Tollefson (interview link on my media page) and participated in the press conference! Unfortunately for the race I had an upset stomach that morning I made it to mile 12 before getting sick (yuck :P) and then was sick multiple times until I had to stop at 18. I was devastated to not be able to display all the hard work I had done in preparation.
The disappointment in Duluth really has doubled my motivation to have a strong fall as I race another marathon (have decided on which and hope to announce that soon) and work towards the Olympic Trials in February. I really want to raise my game heading into these 2 events and get to that next level (top 10 at the Trials) so have gotten back to work with a vengeance. I am hitting the track regularly for speedwork, doing my tempo runs on hillier routes and attacking my strength training (see my picture page for videos of my drill circuit). And I am working hard to take full advantage of the heat and humidity that is Poor Man's Altitude during a Charlotte summer.
To help me get to the next level, I have also taken the time to start reading some sports psychology books to help build up my mental toolbox when it comes to races and training. Below is one I just finished and really enjoyed; it's a good starter book that helps to break down the overall psych of competing and training.
I am excited for the future and will keep you all updated on my training and racing here on this blog, on my Facebook page, and over my social media accounts.
Thanks for all the support!
Great things ahead!
- Alana :)