My Coach said I could run 15.50-16.10 in my indoor opener. 5k was an odd distance for me, it was my first track meet since forever (last summer), and I had never ran that fast. It was exciting and scary. But I wanted to believe in him.
I ran 16.09,36. It’s a new PR by 33 seconds. It’s also a new Finnish National Indoor Record. It’s the 7th fastest time in the NCAA at the moment. It’s a good time, but not something I should be too satisfied with. I know I can do so much better! I ran this race in the middle of training season without actual speed work, so I’m pretty excited how fast I can go when the season progresses. I really want to run sub-16, and I know I can do it!
I feel strong and happy. My training has been consistent and the results start to show it. Somebody believed in me and made me believe in myself too. I want to run fast and be one of those top girls out there! I’m so lucky to have these amazing people around me. Thanks Coaches. Thanks Team. Thanks Trainers.
By the way, I think my Coach knows what he is talking about.
Trust Yourself. Trust Your Coach. Trust the Process.
Race photos: Paul Merca