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Dezerea Bryant (track) - May 2014

some 600's to prep for a half

monday

8 easy recovery miles from Saturday’s 5k, around the park, mostly on the public golf course.  Legs still a bit sore, but this cooler weather made it pleasant.

tuesday

5 miles warming up and running around cheering on Adam and his x-country team (a small meet that they were ‘training through’), then 5 x 600 meter repeats on the track:

The splits were 1:52, 1:49, 1:47, 1:56, 1:52, with 200 meter (half lap) jog rest.  2 mile cool down.  

Tired to begin with, it was a good workout to have this week leading up to Sunday’s Rochester Half.  

Feel like the week’s shaping up well for the race.  The weather looks pretty good for Sunday too, slightly overcast, in the upper 50’s at race time, 7:45 am.

A good day, hope your Tuesday evening is great!

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RIP, Alice Coachman, First Black Woman to Win an Olympic Gold Medal

(November 9, 1923-July 14, 2014)

Books:

Queen of the Track: Alice Coachman Olympic High Jump Champion

Heather Lang

At the 1948 Olympics in London, members of the U.S. Women’s Track and Field team went down to defeat one by one. Any hope of winning rested on Alice Coachman. Thousands of spectators stayed late for the high-jump event and witnessed history as she became the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal. In time for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, this book follows Coachman on her journey from rural Georgia, where she overcame adversity both as a woman and as a black athlete, to her triumph in Wembly Stadium.

Touch the Sky: Alice Coachman, Olympic High Jumper

Ann Malaspina

A biography of the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, from her childhood in segregated Albany, Georgia, in the 1930s, through her recognition at the 1996 Olympics as one of the hundred best athletes in Olympic history.

Alysia Montano, 34 weeks pregnant, finishes 800-meter at U.S. Track and Field Championships (6/26)

By The Associated Press:

Alysia Montano will have a heck of a story to tell her first child.

Thirty-four weeks pregnant, Montano ran the 800 meters Thursday in the U.S. Track and Field Championships. The five-time national champion finished in 2 minutes, 32.13 seconds — nearly 35 seconds slower than her personal best of 1:57.34 in 2010 in Monaco.

“I’ve been running throughout my pregnancy and I felt really, really good during the whole process,” Montano said after the qualifying heat.

That the 28-year-old former University of California star finished last in her heat didn’t matter one bit to the crowd gathered at Hornet Stadium. Trailing the lead pack by more than 120 meters for most of the race, Montano received a rousing ovation as she finished her first lap and the cheering grew louder when she finally crossed the finish line.

“I just didn’t want to get lapped and be the first person to get lapped in the 800,” said Montano, the 800 national champion the past four years.

She was never close to being lapped, taking a nice relaxed pace from the start and maintaining it throughout.

That was according to the plan Montano laid out after consulting with her physician. Not only did doctors give Montano the OK to run, they encouraged her.

“That took away any fear of what the outside world might think about a woman running during her pregnancy,” Montano said. “What I found out mostly was that exercising during pregnancy is actually much better for the mom and the baby. … I did all the things I normally do … I just happened to be pregnant. This is my normal this year.”

Video of the race

Great Britain 4x100m Relay Team, European Athletics Team Championship in very revealing lycra

Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Richard Kilty, James Ellington and Adam Gemili

Harry Aikines-Aryeetey (sprinter) born 29 August 1988

Richard Kilty (sprinter) born 2 September 1989

James Ellington (sprinter) born 6 September 1985

Adam Gemili (sprinter) born 6 October 1993

I think sometimes we need to remove ourselves from the things that come with running. The gps watches, the spikes, the rituals, the intensity. Sometimes we need to forget about all of that and remember that running can bring us joy and freedom. Run around in the grass in your bare feet. Run as fast as you can down a steep hill. Run to someone you love and hug them. It feels refreshing.

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