It is no secret that Blake Russell has stellar personal records from the 3K to the marathon, but not a lot of people know where Russell and her 20 family members will be the day after the Olympic Trials. Russell shares what a typical day looks like around her house, how she stays healthy, and what a difference it made when Reebok enabled her to train full-time.
Personal Bests: 3,000 – 8:51.57 (2006); 5,000 – 15:10.58 (2006); 10,000 – 31:35.25 (2005) Marathon – 2:30:32 (2004)
Runners Feed: Take us through a typical day of your life
Blake Russell: I get up at 7am if all goes well. Sneak down stairs to eat some cereal and drink some coffee before Quin wakes up about 7:15. We generally snuggle on the coach for while before I make him breakfast and get ready for running. I am lucky enough to have a wonderful nanny that comes to our house which makes my mornings a lot easier. I head out for an easy run or workout about 9am. I usually do my easy runs from the house out to Pebble Beach and back so I have time to get Quin at the park. I drive for workouts on Tuesday and Saturday where I meet my Coach, Bob Sevene who usually rides his bike with me or times me on the track.
Quin and I usually stay at the park until 12:00 and then come home and eat lunch or invite ourselves to my Mom’s:) I am fortunate to have my Mom and her husband live a few blocks away. Luckily, he is still doing a nap from about 1:30-3:30, so I use this time to catch up on household things, prepare dinner, get a massage. My Mom usualy comes to watch him so I can get a massage or do a second run. Weekends are pretty busy, but basically the same schedule. My husband and Quin spend a lot of time together which is great since he works 7am to 6pm most days. Quin is in bed by around 8:30 and then Jon and I usually catch up on some of our favorite shows and head to bed around 10pm.
BR: I am a full-time Mom for sure, but before Quin was born I worked full-time as a Physical Therapist when I lived in Boston 2000-2004. After I finished 4th at the Marathon Trials I decided it was time to focus more on running and moved to California and worked 20 hours a week until Reebok gave me the opportunity to run full-time. It really paid off, and I ran lots of PRs the next few years. Reebok even supported me while I was pregnant and through some bad years. I am not currently a practicing PT, but help out friends and the Pacific Grove high school xc and track team in my area for fun. I also write a bi-weekly column in the Monterey Hearld in print and in a blog. I still feel that drive to set a PR before I retire. Ending on a high note is what keeps me motivated.
RF: What do you do on a regular basis to make sure you toe the line healthy?
BR: Hmmm? I think sleep is the most important thing, but sometimes it is hard to come by with a 2 and a half year old. Being a physical therapist has really helped me stay healthy, but most elite distance runners need a team of people to help keep them in one piece. I work with a great PT in Los Gatos, Tim Sawyer, a massage therapist in Pacific Grove, Paul Tuff and a Chiropractor in Monterey, Chris Harkelroad. My coach, Bob Sevene, does all my strength and conditioning. During my last few weeks of marathon training I have tried to get a massage once a week because it is so easy to get hurt at this point. Other than that, I think it is important to have a good core routine to do once or twice a week and a few active stretches after each run to work the major muscle groups. I try and cover all my bases, but sometimes getting to the starting line healthy takes a little luck.
RF: My onsite support team will include…
BR: Mainly my Coach, Bob Sevene, though there will be the usual Russell/Phillips contingent. Somebody decided it would be a good idea to go on a cruise the day after the Trials since a lot of family were going to watch the race. We will have about 20 family members from my side and Jon’s at the race and on the ship.
RF: How will you be decorating your bottles to make them easily recognizable?
BR: I have not thought about it, but probably should since I am blind as a bat when it comes to finding those things. I missed most in the Olympics. Maybe I can do a balloon!