This is RunBlogRun’s Summer Cross Country Mileage Program. We ask for 8 weeks, about 70 minutes a day of your precious time, and we get you ready, if you do the workouts, for your fall cross country season.
Today we will speak about Sifan Hassan.
I was in Monaco in 2015 for the Herculis Diamond League. The Monaco meeting is held in the Stade Louis II and it holds about 15,000 fans, who totally love track & field.
That night was an incredible Women’s 1,500m, which saw the field hit the 800m in 2:06 and Genzeba Dibaba run 3;50.07 WR, Sifan Hassan run 3:56.05 NR, and Shannon Rowbury run 3:56.29, an American record.
I recall Sifan Hassan weeping after the race, not believing that she could be beaten by six seconds. Over the next couple of years, Sifan asked some hard questions about her running, and she went to a new coach, and after adapting to a new regimen, started seeing success.
Now she is coached by Pete Julian with the Union Athletic Club. If you recall, Sifan won the 10,000m, and 5,000m in the Olympics and took the bronze in the 1,500m! In the first heat of the 1,500m, she fell down, and had to run a 43.2 last 300 meters to move on! That is determination!
Your workout for today, July 8, 2022: warm-up, 40 minutes of relaxed running, cool down.