21st October 2016 –
Hi everyone! It’s that time of year again when most professional athletes are getting back into winter training and starting to build the base for the next track season. As I ended my 2016 track season early, I was able to take a nice break and already get back into winter training at the start of September.
I’m excited to run my first cross-country race of the year at the Mayor’s Cup in Boston on Sunday. I ran this race last year and finished 3rd so it will be interesting to see how I compare this year. The race is over 5k in the historic Franklin Park and traditionally has a great crowd of supporters! The ground conditions are normally good (should be a nice, dry day on Sunday), but there are a few hills on the course to keep things interesting. The race website is http://www.baa.org/races/mayors-cup/event-information.aspx
I have been back home in New York for over a year and a half now and I am a full time student at Fordham University. I have made the decision to remain on the east coast for the foreseeable future, so I will no longer be competing in the Nike Oregon Project uniform. Although I enjoyed my time on the Oregon Project, we felt it no longer made sense logistically to compete for the team. These days, John Henwood has taken full control of my training. This means that my race in Boston on Sunday will be my first in a regular Nike Elite Uniform.
After this race, I will continue to do a few more road and cross-country races to break up my training and keep things fresh and fun. The build-up has been a lot of fun, so I am excited to explore the fall racing circuit this year- it will be a whole new challenge to tackle!