|Henry and I smile for the camera at Icahn (pre-relay) with Jonathon in the background|
I'm actually decent on the track with what I really believe to be a pretty big upside. I'm kind of just scratching the surface. But I am not bad. In true Amy fashion, I'm kind of depressed because deep down I want to be good on the roads. I could take or leave track. I mean I like it. It's fun. It's easy. You run a few times around the track as fast as you can and you're done. But it's not the roads. I still hold my road goals close to my heart. This is just a means to get to where I want to be on the roads. This and my upcoming xc season which Coach Tony thinks is going to really make a difference in my performance on the roads. I love you TR!
|Coach TR and I after a 10K in Central Park|
This summer I improved my 800m time by 8 seconds which is an eternity on the track. It would be like bettering my marathon time by 20 minutes or something sick like that (ok I made that up but it is a significant gain). Last night I ran a 2:30 and I'm happy with it despite the fact that I wanted to go sub-2:30. I know exactly where I faltered too. Between 500 and 600m I accelerated a bit and then took the foot off the gas a bit because I was worried I would blow up and wanted to have a strong kick at the end. Well I had a strong kick and actually ran down a few women but still a second too slow. I should have gone harder earlier. Hindsight is 20/20 but in all fairness to myself I am still learning this distance and skill.
|Annnd I'm off...This was actually two weeks ago when I ran a 2:34.|
Shout out to Judy who, after running the 1500m in 5:09 (at age 49 by the way which is totally awesome) paced Michelle and I for 500m. She and Michelle had the plan to go out at 72-73 seconds and I looked at them like they were crazy. I thought 74 seconds was ambitious. So she told me to fall in just behind them then. Gun goes off and I waited for Judy to settle in. Michelle wasn't hanging tight to Judy so I pulled in behind her and all I could think was "shit...this feels easy" We completed the first 400 in right around 73. Awesome job Judy!! After the turn she felt herself slow down so she pulled off (as she said she would) and simply yelled out to me "go faster Amy" That was when I accelerated and passed a girl who I know from seeing in the park and running these races and I know she is typically faster than me so I slowed a tad. Of course she thought she heard Judy say "go pass her" and that was her ammo (she disclosed this to me after the race).
|Us receiving instructions prior to the Distance Medley Relay (DMR) in which I ran the 1200 leg. The little girl with her back turned to us in the black is Anna. How can I compete with someone who weighs 90lbs!! |
I am the giant lady in front ;-)
So I finished in 2:30 (though it could have been 2:31 which I thought it was but 3 people confirmed 2:30 so I'll go with it). The 800m is actually a fun race. Just when you are really starting to die, you see the final stretch in front of you and you dig deeper. There really is a crazy art to racing on the track too which I enjoy. I typically know how to win shit, so I can really be strategic (within reason...the woman who won our heat yesterday went out in 58 seconds...are you f'ing kidding me!!! I was just watching her from afar - and I mean afar and heard the announcer say "lead lady passes the quarter in 58 seconds...I think I verbalized a "whoa") She actually died a hard death because her second lap was a 72 or something. She had to be a sprinter. Poor thing. She still ran a 2:11 which is pretty damn good.
The first ever 800m I ran over a month ago, I did it strategically to win. I was in a slower heat because originally I had no idea what I was capable of. As the race developed, I could see all that I have learned and heard TR talk about materialize in front of me. I could see that I had a chance to win the thing after 400m. I went out hard (I have a really fast start I am learning) and reined it back in after Tony's tongue lashing came rushing back to my mind from January at the indoor meet where I ran the mile. "AMY AT WHAT POINT DID YOU THINK YOU WERE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT WHEN YOU TOOK THE LEAD AND NOBODY WAS AROUND YOU?" I did think I saw someone's shadow in my defense but I was wrong in my tactics even if I did see someone. I went out too hard. Anyway, so I reined it back in and hung on the lead two women's shoulders. At about 500m into it, one of the women dropped and it was just the two of us left out in front. As I was coming down the back straight, I remembered Tony's advice..."In the 800m you have one move to make...make it at the right time...it will be intuitive." Well not sure how intuitive it was but I made the decision that I was going to bust it out with 200m left so at the 600m mark I passed her and never looked back. I will say that coming around the turn I was thinking "what the hell have I just done...did I go too early? Where is she?" I couldn't feel her near me. As I approached the final straight I just accelerated with all I had left and beat her by 4 seconds. Happy! Yay! Winning! But that race was an example of how on the track you don't always stick to a pace like on the roads per se. You see how things develop. I wish I had this kind of ability on the roads. Gosh I wish so much I did. If I had more left in the tank late I would be able to really do well. I just die!
So Tony seems pretty excited about what I can accomplish on the track. He has talked about going to USA Masters Nationals next summer and World Masters Championships and stuff like that. When I saw him last Saturday on the track (where my workout was a simple but fast 400, 300, and then a 200...that is taking some getting used to...a workout used to be 15 miles. Now I run for 5 minutes tops. My cool down was 5 miles so that made me feel a little better about myself) and Tony told me to look at the masters results for the 40+ group. He told me I would get pretty psyched about it...Well I went home and looked and if I was reading it right, I saw that I would have finished 3rd overall if I ran the time I did the week before. It's pretty cool to have something you can compete in being old and stuff ;-) A few more months and I will kick ass and take names as a 40 year old. Can't wait!! Lots of success ahead of me...How about Judy (who I spoke about earlier) has a 1500m time of 5:05 that ranks her #1 in the US and #3 in the World right now!!!!!!!! Holy crap. And I can compete with Judy so maybe I can be something like that someday. She's almost 50 though so that is even more bad ass. I'm still on the very young end of 40. And I'm not even 40 yet!!
I haven't even mentioned my ability in the relay...I could be a good little addition to a team :-) Judy and Michelle mentioned something about the 4 x 800m relay at the Millrose Games!! Imagine that! They said we could set some records in the 40+ group. Ha. Last night I did the 4x400m and though my 400 split was only 68 seconds, I was still able to catch a few people. I was the second leg and had some work to do...So that's what I did. Chasing down the enemy....
Next up on the racing circuit - Cypress 5K in sunny southern California on Saturday morning where I want to make a push to break 20 minutes (haven't done that in a few years), Team Champs 5-miler against all the speedy teams in NYC, and then it will be time to gear up for XC and the Fifth Ave. Mile .....5:20 anyone?
Well I should turn my attention to softball work right now...We have had a really good summer on the recruiting trails. I haven't felt this organized in quite some time. Hoping to secure our second 2016 commitment..and possibly some 2017's as well. Recruiting is absolutely ridiculous. But right now this is the way it is and we all need to do what we gotta do. None of us can figure out how to regulate the madness of early verbals. My thought is that this thing will blow up and come full circle eventually. It is going to take years but once we all realize how ridiculous it is that 14 and 15 year olds are making decisions on college and we deal with repercussions in years to come (unhappy athletes, athletes who don't develop, etc.) I think we may begin our own moral code. That's just my personal wild guess. We'll see...Go Johnnies!!! Next season in the championship game, they will have more material to talk about on TV - Coach K is now tearing it up on the track while her team is tearing it up on the dirt. Big East Champions and NCAA's or bust!!!!!!!!!
|This picture cracks me up. These are a few future Johnnies who were taking a secret selfie of themselves after a game with me in the background in Colorado and I caught them and looked over and smiled.|