Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Monday, March 29, 2021
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
In a normal year, winter training is tough. Getting out in the morning and battling the cold and dark are not my favorite. But when there is a spring race on the horizon, there is that tiny light at the end of the tunnel which is usually just enough to keep me somewhat motivated. Then there's winter training during a pandemic. Equally as dark and cold but with no tiny light. And that about sums it up. Last year, as a way to stay focused and challenged, I set a few new and different goals that I knew I could safely pursue given the Covid situation including a 50K, a 50 miler and an eight hour run challenge, all virtual, of course.
It was next level crazy as far as training went and given the lack of in-person races available I welcomed the opportunity to test out the world of ultra running. I would even venture to say I had fun with it. Most of the time. I did learn that my 45 year old body can handle some seriously high mileage which I was pretty surprised and excited about. Could be good. Could be very bad. Depends what day you ask me. Having completed my last big ultra in mid-December, I rolled into the holiday season feeling, at least as far as running goes, physically and mentally fulfilled and ready for a much needed break. At the same time, I couldn't help but wonder what the hell I was going to focus on come 2021 as I knew things would not be changing much during the first half of the year and that I still had no races on the calendar for the foreseeable future. I wasn't panicking, mind you. But, I know myself. I thrive on routine. I like to have something to work towards. The more difficult the better. And I don't really do "down time".
The bottom line is this. I love to run and I need it now more than ever to get through my day to day life. What I miss most about racing is being with the running community, supporting my peers and more often than not, working together to reach big goals. I still have those goals. I just don't have the races. As my coach recently put it, when you're out at sea, just because you can't see land doesn't mean it isn't there. So, yes, I'm a bit adrift. We all are in our own way. But, at least I'm floating along with some really cool people who love to do what I do. I'll happily take that for now.
Friday, January 22, 2021
Where you're from:originally from Burundi
Occupation:Professional Athlete for Asics
What do you love most about running?
What do you love most about music?
Album (current, all time or both): 'Falling Into You' by Celine Dion
Race venue: New York City, close second Cape Cod, Falmouth
Music venue: Flagstaff Orpheum Theater
Race distance: Half Marathon
Show you've seen live: Jorge Ben Juor and other artists performing at the 2016 Rio Olympics
Ice cream flavor: German Chocolate Ice Cream
Live or recorded? Live
Coffee or tea? Coffee
Summer or winter? Summer
Which band or artist would you go see tonight if you could? Celine Dion
Which band or artist (wait...but no longer alive or playing together) would you go see tonight if you could? Whitney Houston
Which band or artist would you like to have dinner with tonight if you could? Rihanna (she seems sweet and fun)
Which band or artist would you like to be playing alongside you during your next race (or long run)? Diamond Platnumz (Tanzanian recording artist) or Beyoncé (I love her energy)
Today, I feel like (fill in the blank):
1. Waah! by Diamond Platnumz feat. Koffee Olomide
2. Jeje by Diamond Platnumz
3. Black Is King by Beyoncé
4. Made For Now by Janet Jackson feat. Daddy Yankee
5. Beautiful by Meddy feat. Sat-B
1. Poupette by King James (Rwandese artist)
2. My Love Is Your love by Whitney Houston
3. S’il suffisait d’aimer by Celine Dion
4. In Case You Didn’t Know by Brett Young
5. Baby by JoeBoy