Each month, 2013 RRCA Roads Scholar Alexi Pappas will provide a blog post offering an update on her training, competition and life in general as a post-collegiate road runner.
February is short but meaningful! It is a month best characterized by love and… snow storms.
Indoor Track is short but meaningful! It is a season best characterized by love (a feeling of affection for the chance to finally step on a rubberized artificial running surface after many months of the hill-mud-stricken unevenness that is cross country!) and… snow storms! Good thing we’re racing inside.
My February Indoor season was short but meaningful. I took home a W and PR at the UW Dempsey in the 3k and 5k respectively. I got a taste of racing again and am well prepared for the spring season.
In February, I ran the longest tempo of my life around a one-mile loop with a man and his dog. The biggest challenge was not the distance, not the man, and not the dog, but the tree that fell down in the middle of our workout— we proceeded to run around the fallen object, thus lengthening our workout by at least 5 meters every mile, thereby pushing us to the outer limits of mental toughness. Needless to say I am a better runner because of this experience. I will not blink should a palm tree fall onto the Stanford track during a race this spring.
I look forward to racing on the road again this March—I will compete in the US 15K Champs, the Gate River Run in Florida. It will be my longest race ever.
But the real question is, which other elite athlete will be paired as my roommate...?!
As when elementary school teacher switches the seating arrangement of a classroom, all of us kids wait in anticipation for just who we will be sharing our pencil sharpener (toothpaste) with next.
Your Loyal Roads Scholar,
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