A pair of world records went down last week. Genzebe Dibaba (shown above) set a new indoor mark in the 5000m. She clocked 14:18.86, besting the old mark by more than five seconds! She essentially ran the race alone – second place was more than a minute back and Dibaba lapped the entire field. Genzebe’s older sister Tirunesh currently holds the outdoor world record (14:11.15). Can these remarkable sisters push the mark under 14 minutes?
Meanwhile, stateside, Mo Farah set the indoor mark in the two-mile. His time of 8:03.40 bested Kenenisa Bekele’s time by about a second. Farah’s second mile was under 4 minutes. In the same race, Bernard Lagat set a Master’s world record (8:17:05).
The last indoor track meet of the year is on March 14th. I’m planning on running the 3000m again. So far this year, I’ve run 9:49 and 9:41, respectively. I’d like to go under 9:35. That would be a nice progression, and it would leave me in good shape for road/trail season.
Training is going as well as could be expected. It is still freezing – and I mean freezing! It was -5F when I got to work this morning and it hasn’t been warming up much during the day. Nearly all of my runs have been done with negative wind chills. Quite frankly, it sucks! Spring, if you’re out there, hurry up!!
With that being said, I’m still about 5% ahead of last year in terms of mileage.