2012 is my innovative year to live like a marathoner. In my career, I have never committed to becoming a marathoner like I am now. A unique, no-compromise approach is in motion.
I am only 4 days away from finishing my high-altitude training camp. (Search: What is high-altitude training?) We have chosen to train in Mammoth Lakes, California for the past 5 weeks. The town is situated at 7,500 feet, a site of incredible beauty where we have logged some BIG miles: 120 miles a week. My training partner Kara Goucher and I have attained new fitness levels. We are pushing and testing ourselves to work harder than we ever have before, because we have dreams of the London Olympic marathon on our minds! We know that in order to compete with the best in the world and to put ourselves in contention for a bronze, silver, or gold we must get the most out of ourselves every day. (Video: Kara Goucher vs Shalane Flanagan) While our routine isn’t unique, our approach is both versatile and comprehensive. We plan our days around eating, sleeping and training. This routine is transforming us into extremely strong, tough, and fierce runners.
I realize what an amazing opportunity we have before us, therefore I am learning and pushing to take my performances to the next level. I realize that for me, the best way to do that is to seek help from others and surround myself with a great team. My extended support system consists of my coach, core trainer, massage therapist, training partners, and manager; all of whom imagine, create, and innovate my training and racing.
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I look forward to what 2012 will bring. I’m ready and excited to perform with pride, passion and a new-found level of fitness. Hopefully, that translates into a podium finish in London this summer!