SEATTLE, Wash. — Deborah Maier knew she wanted to keep running after graduating from Cal last spring.
The 2008 Ponderosa High graduate set numerous school records at Cal that earned her All-American status. Last summer, Maier visited Washington state, talking with officials of Brooks Sports Inc., which fields a professional running team.
“When I took my recruiting trip to Seattle to visit Brooks, it just felt like a perfect fit,” Maier said. “The company, coach, and teammates were everything I was looking for and more.”
Recently, Maier competed for Brooks at the International Flanders Cup in Gent, Belgium. She won the 3,000 meters — 1.8 miles — road race with a time of 9 minutes, 9 seconds. Maier was one of 30 elite female runners competing in the race. This was Maier’s first race with Brooks.
“The course was a road race through the downtown province with lots of sharp turns and hills,” Maier said. “The hardest part of the race was the steep uphill finish. That is the point when you are most tired —your legs are burning, your respiration rate is very heavy and it takes a significantly larger amount of energy to power yourself up a hill. This was my first ever time competing in a road race so it was different from anything I had ever raced.”
Maier’s workouts prior to the cup helped prepare her.
“Our workout schedule varies depending on what time of the year it is,” Maier said. “In the fall and winter, we’re mostly focused on building a base, which consists of higher mileage and less speed.
“We also did a lot of weight lifting since we aren’t competing much. In the spring, as track season begins, we begin adding in more speed and slowly cutting mileage as we begin to race more. The speed work is primarily done as intervals on the track,” she added.
The Brooks running team also works in the community.
“We do community outreach with local runners,” Maier said. “We also work with youth track clubs, do fittings and product testing for Brooks, and give input on shoe designs.