Workout of the Day
5 Miles Steady
Splits: 6:06, 6:05, 6:03, 6:04, 6:05 = 30:13
Camelia Mayfield — May 6th, 2014
Context & Details
Camelia was a redshirting true senior at Portland State University at the time of this session. She had been running a smorgasbord of track races from 1500m to 5,000m and road races from 5,000m to 1/2 Marathon in distance, picking and choosing what seemed interesting to her at the time.
This specific workout came a month before her final track 5,000m race of 2014. For Camelia, ever the distance runner, this might have been considered a "high-quality, speedier" session, as she always fancied and responded well to longer reps/workouts.
She was on her way to becoming one of Portland State's all-time best distance runners, setting school records, earning all-conference honors, and qualifying for the preliminary round of the NCAA Outdoor Championships a couple of times. However, she'd frequently gripe in college that 10,000m was too short of a race distance, it "felt like sprint" she often said. Camelia won the Eugene Marathon soon after graduation and quickly took to the trail/ultra scene like a pig-in-mud.
She recently finished 7th among women and 30th overall at the 2018 Western States 100 Mile trail race, her debut at the century distance.
I think it is safe to say, she's found her distance.