After the initial tears and hysterics winded down, it was pretty easy for Coach Helmer and I to articulate what had just happened. I had put it all on the line, took the biggest risk of my athletic career so far, and fell a little short. Coach Helmer explained to me that he would never in a million years tell me to execute a different race plan. I ran fearless, took a chance, and he would never want to take away that mentality from me. I will continue to run fearless, I will continue to train at the highest level, and I will come back with vengeance in 2013. I have no other choice.
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I also ran in the DL in Monaco where I finished 4th and ran 1:59.3. I wish I would have done some things differently in this race, particularly NOT hesitate and NOT run tentative. After this race, I just felt like I had more racing left, so I made the decision to train for the 3 long weeks during the Olympics and come back afterwards for more racing. I am currently sitting at my friends home in Nazareth, Belgium getting ready to race a rust-buster 800 this evening in Leuven, Belgium at the 2012 Meeting Voor Mon. I am then headed to Linz, Austria on the 20th, and then to the DL meet in Birmingham, UK. After this I am unsure what my schedule looks like, but I promise to make it a point of keeping my blog updated with new adventures :)