Paris 800

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Place: 5th, Time: 1:59.3 (PR)

I ran a season best in the 800 at the Paris Diamond League today. 1:59.3, which is also a huge improvement from the Birmingham race last Sunday.

I’d be lying if I said the race last week didn’t shake me. Even though I know each race is unique and the conditions make a difference, it’s not easy on the ego to post a slow time.

I also feel like I’m re-learning how to run the 800 from a more distance -based training. I get out relatively fast but I’m trailing a majority of the field at 200. In Birmingham I just ran into people and lost momentum. Today I was a bit better at keeping my pace and pulling wide to pass when necessary. It helped that the field was more strung out.

Of course I always want a little more, a little faster. But I’m also happy to be here, running, learning. It was a beautiful night and the stadium was impressive and the crowd was engaged. Paris does not disappoint.

Photo exchange from @ilariafedeli66 in zurich

Birmingham 800

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Place: 7th, Time: 2:03.1

I never feel the need to apologize for races like I do after this. Won’t drone on, but I do want to say I notice and appreciate the support last week. And I’m sorry there wasn’t more to show for it on the day. Conditions were … not ideal. And that can be an excuse for times, but not really for place. Probably could come up with some other angle. But I don’t see how that’s productive. X

USA 1500

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Place: 5th, Time: 4:03.8

I stepped into the arena today. And I lost. And that sucks. Lots of feels right now. I’m upset, I’m sad, I’m mad. But you know what I don’t feel? Regret. Or Shame. And you know what that means for the next time? I am not afraid.
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That was the fastest 1500 final in as far back as I can find. Faster than the last two years where I placed 2nd and 3rd. Which means today I was a better athlete, and I had a worse finishing place. All I can do with that is take the humility as a gift, take the fire back to training, and trust i will be back here next year better for it.
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Thank you to friends and teammates and fans for support today and always. Thank you to my coaches and sponsor. Congratulations to everyone today. Especially mfing @shelbo800 .

I am having the time of my life and the best training of my life right now. And I feel incredibly lucky to be able to do and say that. And to share it with all of you. l so badly want to celebrate together. Thank you for being there on days when we aren’t.

Sunset 800

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Place: 1st, Time: 1:59.5

I ran an 800 last night at the Sunset Tour track meet. 1:59.5 is my fastest time since 2016. I haven’t had much opportunity to run 8s since that year, and it’s a blast whenever I do them. I feel comfortable and confident in this distance. It’s nice to remember that even as I continue to better myself as a 1500 m runner, there’s no reason to abandon my other strengths. Plus, vying for the win helps get me in that championship mindset. Next race is US Nationals in two ish weeks!

Photo from @chuckutash