Allyson Felix

After gold medal & 4x400m national record in Doha, Felix has no regrets about her 'unplanned' indoor season

Allyson Felix of USA competing in the Women's 4 x 400m relay which the USA won (Getty Images)Allyson Felix of USA competing in the Women's 4 x 400m relay which the USA won (Getty Images) © Copyright
While it wasn't in her original game plan, Allyson Felix was very happy with her decision to run some indoor competitions this winter, a short and 'unplanned' season which culminated with a gold medal and U.S. record in the 4x400m Relay in Doha.

“Greetings to everyone!
 
“I am back in Los Angeles from the World Indoor Championships.
 
“It was great to compete in Doha, I love coming to that part of the world.  The last time I ran at a World Indoor Championships was in high school in 2003 so it was great to compete on another team and just enjoy myself.  I had a blast running the 4x4, and it was special to be a part of the first American team to win at Worlds and to set an American record.
 
“The last time I ran an indoor 400m was in 2004 and the last time I ran a 200m was in 2003.  I really didn't do any special preparation for indoors, so not having indoor facilities wasn't a problem.  
 
“There is definitely a difference winning outdoors and indoors for me. Outdoors is really what I train for and put all my emphasis. Indoors is more about training and just making it through the races.  It still feels awesome to win indoors, especially as a part of a relay team.
 
“This was my sixth time competing in Doha.  It is great because I'm really familiar with my surroundings and my brother Wes was there with me to support me. I spent about a week in Doha and I didn't have much spare time at all.  I spent lots of time training and resting.  
 
“At first I wasn't sure about competing at World Indoors because all along I had been training through the indoor season, and I didn't want to miss out on anything with the travel.  My coach Bobby Kersee trained me through the indoor meets because my goal is always the outdoor season.
 
“Once my coach and other teammates decided to make the trip it was an easy decision because I knew we would still be getting great workouts in. Running indoors doesn't change my outdoor schedule at all.  I will still open up in a few weeks in local meets in the Los Angeles area.
 
“I couldn't be too disappointed with how USA Indoor nationals went where I didn’t make it to the “A” final.  I made the mistake of running my first round too slow to get into the faster final.  I would have loved to race against the top women but I did my best to execute my race.
 
“Although my training is still on schedule despite competing indoors, I was still out of town when my good friend Joanna Hayes had her first annual dinner for her newly started foundation.
 
“She told me it was very successful and a great event.  I am definitely looking forward to starting my own foundation in the near future because I have a great passion for many causes.  I would encourage people to read about her foundation on the website www.joannahayesfoundation.org and support it!
 
“Thanks for reading,
 
Allyson