Summer Training Blog: Hamilton Southeastern's Gabe Fendel

Week 2 (July 23-29)

One of the top returning cross country talents in the nation is Hamilton Southeastern (Indiana) High rising senior Gabe Fendel, who finished 12th at Foot Locker Nationals and 28th at NXN in 2016. Fendel is already in full swing with training and is coming off a trip to Portland, Oregon, for the Nike Elite Camp, which hosted over a handful of the top distance running talent in the nation. Check out how Fendel spent his week with training. 

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WEEKLY MILEAGE: 45 miles


Sunday: OFF
Flying back from Portland, Oregon, and the Nike Elite Camp. 

Monday: 9 miles, 6:45 pace
I felt a little sore from the Nike Elite camp and flying. 

Tuesday: 10 miles, 6:50 pace
I still felt kind of sore, so I took it easy and rolled out after the run. 

Wednesday: 6 miles, 7:00 pace
I took it out pretty easy today. Since I still felt a little sluggish, I made sure to take caution. 

Thursday: 6 miles, 6:25 pace
And we're back! I felt a lot better and I'm feeling ready for a race tomorrow

Friday: 9 miles (2 mile warmup, 3 mile race @ 14:29 w/ 4 mile cool down)
I started to feel sluggish halfway through the race. Personally, my thoughts are that I'm still not in great shape and I haven't really started doing workouts yet. But I'm pretty happy with my performance

Fendel competed in a preseason 3-mile race at Detweiller Park (Illinois) against about 500 other runners in Peoria. Here are his thoughts: 

"It was kind of a last-minute decision just to see where my fitness level was at. I felt good halfway through, but then I started feeling a little sluggish, which was expected considering I haven't had really any workouts this year -- except for the most recent one at the Nike Elite Camp. I didn't really have a goal coming into it, but it was more just a chance to show up and race and have fun with it. It wasn't anything too serious. I will say, my time shows I'm in a lot better shape than I thought I was, and with more workouts and a better base I should be able to run some fast times this year. I won't be in any elite races with top competition until NXN and Foot Locker Nationals, so I'll just be racing in school meets until then. Can't wait! 

Detweiler Park 3-miler
1Gabe Fendel14:30
2Charlie Kern14:31
3Sean MacGregor14:55
4Ryan Hodge14:56
5Mathias Powell14:56
6Jacob Ridderhoff15:00
7Thomas Snilgalis15:01

Saturday: 5 miles 6:17 pace
Again, I'm a little tired, but besides that I felt good!

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