Well, my first race of the season is now over and I am happy to say I didn't injure myself. My sprint training since the birth of my daughter has been sketchy so my expectations for this first 100 meter were very low. I took fourth in my heat (out of 9 competitors) and ran a very slow time of 12.2 seconds. I felt my hamstrings and calves start to cramp at around 60 meters and I slowed it down and let several athletes pass me. If I had not slow down I think I would have pulled a hamstring or strained both calves. Racing is a huge shock to my body and I could tell that my body is not in race shape......not in the slightest. But that is what first races are for. Soreness today is unreal....glutes and hamstrings and obliques are fried! Feels good though!
I basically jogged as 12.2 seconds 100 meter which lets me know that I'm doing okay. If had been able to hold on I think I would have ran closer to 11.6 or 11.7. Definitely need to add some longer sprints into my training and more importantly, I just need to get out twice a week on the track. Overall I am happy I didn't injure anything and that I wil live to run another meet! I think my next meet is in June so that gives me some time to prepare! I have to keep things in perspective....running a business, new baby, keeping my marriage good, family stuff, personal growth study, bible study.....I only have so much time to dedicate to sprinting as I am entering a different time in my life. That perspective makes me less upset because realistically I have other obligations that require alot of energy and passion. It only means I have to be more disciplined with the little time I do have to train and FOCUS!
In talking with the Women's Track Coach for San Diego State University Mike LoBue, he gave me some great training advice to increase my finishing strength in the 100 meters as well as teach my body to handle the lactate better! It basically goes like this; run any where from 150 meters to 300 meters at about 85% speed, rest 45 seconds, and them immediately run a 50 meters at 100% speed. While pre-fatigueing your legs and then running the all out 50 meter sprint, you are training your body to sprint when your blood lactate levels are super high. This allows you to supercompensate so to speak so that finishing a 100 or 200 meters in competition will feel better.
I don't know about you guys, but I am so EXCITED for the Beijing Olympics this summer. Of course I am most excited for what will happen in the track and field world. American sprinter Tyson Gay looks to be the favorite and for a reason!