It's hard to believe it's been 11 weeks now since the 100K World Champs! It's been an insane few months for sure, since I dived into the deep end with the ultra running. I'm so incredibly blessed with my talent, good health, and generally feeling great. I've been trying to juggle my running, day job, and all the other hoopla around me. Fortunately, I've got an amazing support group, between my hubby/coach Conor and my new agents, Ethan Veneklasen and Hawi Keflezighi.
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Now we're off to Doha, Qatar for the 50K World Champs! Our Team has been in frequent communication through our Facebook page and email. I'm very excited to meet everyone. Our US Men's and Women's Teams are solid:
- Camille Herron
- Caitlin Smith
- Alex Blake
- Tyler Andrew
- Tony Migliozzi
- Geoff Burns
- Zach Ornelas
- Jesse Davis
- Susan Dun (our fearless leader and one of my support people from the 100K Team!)
I haven't seen a final list of the athletes from other teams. We got a list two months ago, but I'd imagine it's changed a lot since then [Edit: looks like the IAU just put up a list]. It's hard to tell who the competition is, since many are making their 50K debut, have 50K PRs from several years ago, or ran their 50K PR en route to longer distances (like my 3:23 en route to 50 Miles!).
I set a goal in August to try and win two World Championships this year. I feel like my preparation has been fantastic up to this point-- I've recovered well, trained well, and felt my speed progressively improving. I'm finally getting back to where I can do typical marathon training. I'm having to get myself back in the mindset of 'hammering' the pace for a shorter distance!
Doha presents some unknown elements with the heat (70-80 degrees!), being at nighttime, the 8 hr time difference, and being a quirky 5K loop on possibly slick and hard cobblestones/marble/concrete. The times were pretty slow at the 50K there last year, so it's really hard to know what to expect time wise. I run by effort though-- since the course will be 5K x 10 (1K splits), it will have a broken up feeling and rhythm changes, comparable to the 100K (except 1/2 the distance!).
Our Team Leader, Susan and Craig Field, live in Doha and videotaped the course to give us an idea of what it's like. I've tried to prepare as best as I can for the heat and nighttime racing-- doing my workouts in the evening since June, wearing extra layers, and doing out-and-back type running for ~progression runs and intervals (we'll have some hairpin type turns). I'm more of a night owl to begin with, so I'm excited we get to race at nighttime!
I also wanted to do the 50K World Champs, as I know the 100K World Champs for next year (and future years) could potentially be in Doha.
This is it for now! I'm really excited to travel and do it all again! Go Team USA!!!!