The daily log of Stan Melkumian for Saturday, February 24, 2024

Illinois Relays


: 4.00 Mile(s) : 00:00:00 : : Saucony Freedom 3 Grey/Blue IV : 0.0


: 3.00 Mile(s) : 00:00:00 : : Nike ZoomX Dragonfly : 0.0


: 5.00 Mile(s) : 00:00:00 : : Saucony Freedom 3 Grey/Blue IV : 0.0

Daily Note


4 mi. WU
3K race
2 mi. CD
2 mi. WU
1 mi. race
1 mi. CD

Like last year, got to the meet early, grinded schoolwork for three hours, then serious running mode. Felt alright going into today. Honestly felt better throughout the day. 3K went out perfectly, honestly thought we had a pacer. Clicked off 36s for what seemed like an eternity, coming through the 800 in 2:24 mid and the 1600 in 4:50 flat. Felt super smooth and relaxed. Then as it were, legs love running 37s and 38s when fatigued. Fell off a bit, tried to pick it back up, fell off again, then closed questionably. 9:16 final time. 6 second PR so cannot be disappointed. Felt trashed on the cool down. Warm up for the mile felt amazing, which should have been a red flag, because I was way too confident going into the mile. Came through 809m in 2:23. Once moves started being made, I had no response in my legs. Felt my legs effectively just wind down with 900m left. Finished in 4:50, exactly the split I went through the 3K in ouch. Biggest takeaway is I do not have the power or snap in my legs to run quicker paces. Double threshold training is making my aerobic system super powerful at the cost of raw speed and speed endurance. Something I will have to tweak in my training now that outdoor is upon us. Last takeaway is that I am not as aggressive as I could be in races. I wuss my way off the line and end up running most of every race in lane two. I also find myself not responding when moves are made late in a race. Early in a race and I always have a response but with a few laps left, nothing. I have never ever been good about this, be it junior high or high school. I have been too complacent when I am not the one making the move. I think I need to just want to win more. I have always been hyperfocused on running a fast time, missing the point of winning, when trying to win will almost always yield a fast time. I think I need to change the way I approach races. Try to win your little race. If I am in a pack running a certain split, win that pack race. Win the race if you can. Want to win.