As we head into Millrose Weekend, some insight from Delilah DiCrescenzo. She recently made Team USA, which will be competing at the World XC Championships, in Poland. And is about to showcase her range in the Millrose Wanamaker Mile. There is even a spring half-marathon possibility. And this is all after killing it on the roads in the fall. Girl’s on fire. Maybe it’s the techno music.
A little dramatic for running and racing but I like Winston churchill’s ” When you’re going through hell, keep going.”
And a little lighter: “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
Songs that to help you through the week (and the Wednesday tempo!)?
I like something seriously uptempo. I can’t concentrate on words when I’m running so I listen for a good beat like songs from Swedish House Mafia.
What’s your most important piece of training advice right now?
I’m focusing more on effort over pace; I’m doing less of my workouts on the track which is keeping my legs healthier and fresher at this time of the year and challenging myself more on hills and soft surface. Overall, I’m concentrating on doing more strength work at this time of the season and sacrificing a little bit of speed work.
Piece of advice that has helped the most - Just keep moving straight ahead. It is a given that your legs will feel tired at some point, just accept it and keep training. If your legs are feeling tired, and you think, “I still have half this tiempo left,” or “I have to do a long run tomorrow after this hard workout,” you will get worn out mentally. Just take things one day, one mile, one repeat at a time.
And some key points of focus:
Now – Do what works best for you.
Last Year – Just go out and race. Do not worry about how bad its going to hurt. Just get out and give your all, do what you have done to get to this point and thats all you can ask.
Seems that classical get’s Christian’s blood pumping. His go-to pump up song?
Or, did he mean…. gopher tuna?
(Also, “Only Way I Know” by Jason Aldean)
I was recently asked in an interview, a question that all of us get at one point: what’s it like training on the East, when all the conventional running hotspots are out West? I began making up excuses for our location, and stopped myself. Hey, who’s to say we aren’t the prime place to train? Here’s my answer, expanded, on why training with NJ*NY is da bomb.
1. Belly Laughs – mid-shakeout, or over dinner and a glass of wine, it’s bound to happen when training and living with best friends. And laughter is the essential component to a solid regimen.
2. Family – Something special comes from everyone having family ties within the region. And it’s not just occasional free laundry. It helps ground and support the work, and gives a deep motivation for success. Not for approval, but as a sign of gratitude.
3. Swag – Because… this is NEW YORK
4. History – over the past weeks, we have seen some incredible performances in front of raucous crowds. And that’s not even including Millrose, now less than two weeks away. Track had a heyday and cultural significance in the East Coast cities, and it can still be felt in the gorgeous old buildings and storied meets. Keeping that connection is key to continuing the tradition.
5. Transport – for those of us who haven’t taken the full leap to vehicle adulthood, where else is it possible to travel so easily with public transit.
6. Humility – When the majority of the workers in the big cities have no idea or care about what we are doing, it frees everyone from the nit picky worries that get in the way when track seems the center of the universe.
7. Gag – See 3.
Thompson is a new addition to our team. He comes to us from New York, by way of college in Boulder. As motivation for the week ahead, a pearl of wisdom from his famed college coach: