This is Week five, day 3. It is a recovery day.
Today we are speaking about Alicia Monson. Alicia is a graduate of the University of Wisconson. In June 2020, Alicia joined the On Athletic Club, a new club sponsored by On Running and coached by Dathan Ritzenhein, a recently retired three time Olympian, who competed from 5000m (AR there) to the marathon.
Alicia Monson made the Olympic team in 2021, in the 10,000m, in a gutty, hot and humid 25 laps at Hayward Field, taking third on the team. The effort was huge and put her in the hospital overnight. In Tokyo, later that Summer, Alicia took 13th in her first Olympic final, battling through heat and humidty once again in the 10,000 meters.
Alicia Monson takes Senior Women’s US 10k XC title, her first title as a pro! photo by Mike Scott
2022 has opened well. Alicia took the 2022 USA Club 10k Cross Country title, in San Diego, on a tough 10k course, battling many of the finest women distance runners in the U.S. including Weini Kelati, who placed second. On January 29, 2022, Alicia added a MR and PB in the 3000 meters, running 8:31.62, breaking the meet record by ten seconds. Alicia battled Weini Kelati for most the fifteen laps, and then took off, relegating Weini to second once again.
After Alicia’s 3000 meter win, she told Jeff Benjamin to following: ” I am really happy to be back & I’ve only done base training, but I trusted in my training.”
That means alot, have confidence in her training and her coaching.
Alicia Monson, Victor at Millrose Games 3000 meters, photo by Jeff Benjamin
Alicia Monson is a tremendous athlete, with a huge work ethic. Her club, On Athletic Club, coached by Dathan Ritzenhein is showing that hard, focused training, that is consistent builds confidence and racing skills.
Learn from Alicia! And do not miss her next races!
Today’s workout: Wednesday: warm up, 40-50 minutes, moderate running, 5 x 100m stride outs, cooldown
To learn more about Alicia Monson, please watch our interview from #SocialingtheDistance: https://www.runblogrun.com/2020/10/socialing-the-distance-featuring-alicia-monson.html
2022 RunBlogRun Spring Middle Distance Daily Track Training (800m-5000m), Week 5, Day 3
Monday: warm up, 40-50 minutes moderate running, 5 x 100m stride outs, cool down
Tuesday: Warm up, 55 minutes running on trails, 15 minutes easy running, then, 6 times 2 minutes hard, 3 minutes easy, with 10 minute moderate running, and cooldown, (hard running at 1500m pace)
Wednesday: warm up, 40-50 minutes, moderate running, 5 x 100m stride outs, cooldown
Thursday: warm up, warm up, 55 minute fartlek, 10 minutes running, then 14 x 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy, 17 minutes running, then cooldown
Friday: warm up, 40-50 minutes moderate running, 5 x100m stride outs, cooldown
Saturday: warm up, Racing on relay, 4x400m, plus a 1000m, or an 800m, cool down
Sunday: 60-65 minutes moderate pace, on trails