Workout of the Day — Madison Brown

Madison BrownMarch 2021

2 mi (12:34) + 1.5 mi (9:09) + 1 mi (5:52) + 1 mi (5:33) w/ 3 min rec.

Yesterday it was announced that Madison (Madi) Brown was selected for the NCAA National Championships in the 5000 meters. This comes as no surprise as she has had a tremendous year running school records over the Mile (indoors) and now the 5000 meters (outdoors).

At the Texas Relays in late March she ran 16:38 to take 16 seconds off of the record that Hannah Steffan set back in 2010. A month later at the Oregon State High Performance Meet she took another 17 seconds off the record to run 16:21. It’s been a fun season with a lot of fast racing and I’m excited to see what Madi can do next week at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

This session is one that Madi did about two weeks before the Texas Relays. It’s a very similar type of session that we do here throughout the year at DBU. We start at very relaxed tempo effort and try to get faster throughout the workout. The goal is to not overdo the ‘faster’ running, but to make sure that we are allowing the body to ‘wake up’ throughout the session and teach the athletes to run faster at the end.

Madi did this perfectly and had her teammates with her for the bulk of the session. Later in this week she ran a 1500 meters (4:44) and 5000 meters (17:43) double at a small meet to open her Outdoor Season. The next week she ran another 1500 meters (4:46) at altitude and then did 10 x 1 min fast with a 1 min easy jog and then finally, the next week she raced at the Texas Relays and ran over a minute PR to hit 16:38.

I’m excited to see Madi compete at the National level next week. She’s trained and raced hard (and smart) throughout the season and I believe that she can run with anyone!

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