2012 has been filled with frustrating races...I've been either sick or not fully recovered going into each race, therefore performances have come up short. On the positive note, I know my fitness is in a good place, so I can't wait to step on the line a hundred percent.
April 29th - Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational 10k
A PR of 33:23, but not the race I was looking for. Alvina Begay won section 2 with a huge PR of 32:32!
Watch more video of 2012 Stanford Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational on flotrack.org
May 12th - US 25k Championships
The Payton Jordan 10k too more of a toll on my body than I expected. My hamstrings were locked up so tight that I contemplated not racing the 25k, even though it was one of my big goal races of the spring. I decided to race, but from the gun the hamstrings weren't happy. I had to shut it down by half way. It was hard to accept, as I was in 3rd place through over half way.
I came away with a 10th place finish, much lower than I was capable of.
Brett Gotcher finished 4th overall, 3rd American. Joseph Chirlee and Janet Cherobon-Bawcom were the top American finishers.
Pre-race interview with Runnerspace.com
Brett Gotcher pre-race interview with Runnerspace.com
Race highlights by Runnerspace.com
Women's finish line video.
This past week has been spent getting my hamstrings recovered, and now it's time to look forward to the US Half Marathon Championships in June.