The Blueprint

On race day what you see is the culmination of days, weeks, and months of preparation. What goes into a performance is hours of training as well as many other elements of physiologic and psychologic work to have me ready to compete at the highest level. In this section of my website I aim to give you an inside look at those elements. Each week I’ll post a snap shot of the “behind the scenes” work I am doing. It could be a workout, a week of training, or the highlights of important meetings and events. One week at a time you will see the components that add up to form the blueprint for success on race day. I encourage you to ask questions along the way and if there is a particular topic you would like to hear about please comment below.

Achieving Together: Reflections on the US Olympic Trials

The recently concluded US Olympic Trials represented my second Trials experience, and while I entered the meet with a very different mindset and expectations than I did in 2012, in the end my path to the podium proved equally challenging to that of four years ago....

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Thriving in a Team Environment

As the Olympic Trials approach, I have found myself reflecting frequently upon my experience making the Olympic Team in 2012 and the development of my running career in the years that have followed. Four years ago, the idea of being an Olympian represented the...

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The “Knead” for Massage

This past weekend I raced the 5000m at the Portland Track Festival, treating it as an opportunity to tune up for the 10,000m at the upcoming Olympic Trials. With the race scheduled on Sunday night, I purposely booked a massage at Active Bodywork in Sacramento as close...

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Previous Posts

US Olympic Trials Focus

Last Friday, I ran a version of a familiar mile breakdown workout on the track at Cal State Sacramento, and as I churned out laps I allowed my mind to wander back previous races in that stadium. Over the past two years, I have come to identify Hornet Stadium as my...

Back on Track

One year ago, after a winter that featured some of my most consistent training ever and culminated with a successful half marathon debut, I found myself at the bottom of a hole, struggling to find direction on both physical and emotional levels. First, my late winter...

Pre-Race Routines

The competition season is heating up. Last Friday I raced a 1500m at the Hoka One One Middle Distance Classic, and this week I am heading to Eugene, OR for the 5000m during the Friday portion of the Prefontaine Classic. As much as I enjoy training hard, nothing...