That beached-whale feeling

Have you ever eaten so much that you feel like you are actually dying? Not that, oh gosh, I’m full, I have to take a break before dessert kinda thing. I’m talking about the holding-your-stomach, feeling-like-passing-out, on-the-bathroom-floor-groaning kind of full.

Yeah.

That’s me.

Right now.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I don’t even think I ate that much.  I had two plates full of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, roasted vegetables, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and wild rice. Plus a plate of apple crisp, chocolate mousse, pumpkin pie, and homemade whipped cream.

Okay, maybe when you put it like that I did eat a lot.

Anyway, I feel like puking right now but it’s getting better. That’ll teach me!  I thought I’d be okay considering I had a great, fast, almost-six-mile run yesterday at sub-7:00 pace, along with a strong 5-mile run today around 7:30/mile. A 1000-calorie excuse going into Thanksgiving? I’ll take it! I guess I maybe made up for it a little too much 😉

Tomorrow I am probably NOT waking up for Black Friday shopping– although Pacers has a sale! Hopefully I’ll feel good enough to go for a post-Thanksgiving run.

Now I’m typing this while listening to my mom and her two friends gossip and drink wine.  Lots of great stories that they don’t realize I can hear 😉

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I’m thankful for my friends, my family, great food, the ability to run/be healthy, and many other things that I’m a little too tired to think of right now.

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Don’t let the weather dictate whether you run! (see what I did there?)

Today was my third day of indoor training, and the weather gods decided to grace me with even better weather! 36 degrees and sleeting! Treadmill-ing wasn’t an option, so I layered up in my old band windbreaker and braved the elements.  Although it was freezing and very wet, the run actually felt great! I’ve been running watch-less (quite nerve-wracking), and I’d say I ran for only 30 minutes.  However, I felt awesome; I was practically at tempo pace when I started back up the bridge, but I was hardly tired.  I was soaking wet though.

Us girls who are just returning after our break are scheduled to do easy, short runs for the rest of the week, but I’m itching to ramp up my mileage! I was re-reading my running log from the beginning/middle of cross country, and seeing all those 50-70 minute runs made me antsy. I know it’s quality and not quantity that counts for my team because of our lack of soft running surfaces, but I still can’t wait to crank out at least a 7-miler in 30-degree weather and warm up with a mug of hot chocolate and some foam rolling.

It’s now Thanksgiving Break and I’m excited to choose the time of day I get to go running! Gotta pre-burn those turkey and mashed potatoes and stuffing calories somehow!

Break is over, grind is on!

Today was my first real run since states. I woke up at 7:30 am and chowed down on toast with almond butter. I was practically jumping up and down, I was so excited to run. So you can imagine my expression when I checked the weather and saw that it was 27 degrees outside.

Thanks, weather gods!!

Needless to say, my enthusiasm dimmed a little. I layered up in two pairs of pants and multiple shirts, dug my gloves out, borrowed my mom’s ear warmer, and headed out. The wind was practically biting my throat (I have to invest in some turtlenecks, no matter how dorky they may be), but aside from having to turn around 30 seconds in because I forgot to close my garage door, the run went great!

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(I look like a moron but who cares!)

I am very happy to be running again. I did a lot of abs and some push-ups over the past week, and I even went to the gym with my dad yesterday morning for some arm and shoulder work, but even strength work didn’t lessen my need to run. Luckily, I don’t think I lost much fitness at all because I felt pretty strong this morning.

Thanksgiving is in four days and I am hoping that I can resist gorging myself. (Not that I had any success last week, and it wasn’t even a holiday.) We usually eat at my mom’s friend’s house- luckily, my mom’s friend is a health nut/vegetarian kind of gal! 

I’m always in charge of the cranberry sauce and a dessert or two. Usually, my cranberry sauce is the typical 1 bag of cranberries, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water deal, but this year I’m thinking one batch of that and one batch of “heath-ified” cranberry sauce. Unfortunately, I can’t use pineapple juice because some people are allergic! Maybe I’ll experiment with applesauce and maple syrup.

hate do not enjoy indoor track (cold. dry racing air. COLD. short track. COLD), but I’m still hoping to get some PRs in and to get a lot stronger. This season, I’m definitely planning on putting in strength work, be it from Pilates or Saturday morning gym sessions. I need to take that stupid teen course so I can go to the gym by myself! I also want to become more flexible- considering how very inflexible I am, I’m surprised I don’t get injured more often. 

Ooh! I have two new food obsessions interests!

Obsession #1: Celery and all-natural peanut butter!

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(BTW, this isn’t my photo. I just googled celery and PB)

Classic childhood snack with a twist! The thing to remember here is all-natural peanut butter. Not that Jif crap. Let’s compare them:

One serving of Jif creamy peanut butter: 250 calories (200 fat cals), 22g fat, 190 mg sodium, 11g carbohydrates (4g sugar), 9g protein. Ingredients: roasted peanuts, sugar, contains 2% or less of: molasses, fully hydrogenated vegetable oils (rapeseed and soybean), mono and diglycerides, salt. (source:http://www.jif.com/Products/Details?categoryId=276&productId=572)

One serving of all-natural market pantry creamy peanut butter: 200 calories (150 fat cals), 16g fat, 120 mg sodium, 6g carbohydrates (1g sugar), 8g protein. Ingredients: peanuts, salt.

I think we know who wins here.

Obsession #2: poached eggs!

71 calories and 6 grams of protein…and poached eggs or delicious.

That’s it for today! I really have to get started on rewriting some body paragraphs for English. It took me five tries to get my introduction up to my teacher’s standards…

Cheesy end-of-season post

I forgot to post an update for regionals, so I guess I’ll do regionals and states in the same post!
So I didn’t get my sub-18:45 goal, running 18:50 at regionals the week after my conference 18:45. Oh well. My team finished second and achieved school history by qualifying for states for the first time ever. Yay us!
We left for states on Thursday (the 14th) and our coaches surprised us by getting us a luxury charter bus! It was a bit ridiculous considering the fact that the state meet was only 40 minutes away and we only had nine girls going. (7 + 2 alternates) However, the bus was the nicest charter bus we’d ever been on- cushiony seats, WiFi, enough space for everyone to basically have four seats to themselves, wide aisles, and our personal driver, Al. Also, we got to laugh at all the schools who showed up with school buses or, in the case of individual qualifiers, five-person cars.
When we arrived at the course, it was open for previewing, so we jogged it and analyzed each mile. (It was actually really helpful during the race!) We went back to our hotel, which was the designated cross country teams’ hotel.
Friday was our race, and our goal was to get on the podium. What we didn’t know, however, was that in the new classification system, only the top two teams in each classification are recognized on the podium, not the top three. That just made it harder 😉
The first mile was incredibly fast, which was to be expected. I kept my pace reasonably well through the second mile and was surprised to find that I was only about three seconds off my two mile PR at two miles. (That makes me excited for track season!) The third mile is what always breaks me, and I lost four places. Rounding the turn for the 700-meter-long straightaway to the finish (death), I knew that I was the fourth runner for my team. Unfortunately, I then saw our #3 on the side of the course with her hands on her knees. The thoughts that went through my head at that moment were:
“Oh no! This means I’m the #3. I can’t be the #3. What if we don’t make podium? I have to pass people. I’m sooo tired. I can’t pass people. Oh my god. We’re not going to make podium. I wonder what happened to her. This is a disaster! We’re not going to make podium and it’ll be my fault. I can’t be #3. The finish line is so far away. This straightaway sucks. Oh my god. I’m so tired. Everything hurts.”
Needless to say, I was internally freaking out. Also, I used to have a great kick, but now, by the end of races, I’m just dead and incapable of digging deep. Two girls passed me on the straightaway, but I managed to finish only three seconds off my PR. Another one of my teammates finished seven seconds behind me, and the girl who had stopped running incredibly managed to start again and finish only fifteen seconds behind her. That took guts and mental strength and I’m still in awe. It turns out she’d had a huge stitch for a mile and a half before having to stop.
Anyway, her finish was enough to secure our spot on the podium by 12 points. We were ecstatic! It was our first state appearance and we’d gotten second place.
Needless to say, I’m very happy with how I/we ended the season. I’m also very sad because four members of our speedy seven will not be returning next year. This has been a year to remember.
We now get two weeks off! I’ll probably only last a week before I have to run again.

ANOTHER PR!

ANOTHER PR!

I am so thankful and so thrilled that I keep PR-ing. Today was our conference meet and I ran an 18:45 for 3 miles! My previous best time was from over a year ago (19:33). This means that I’ve already achieved my “reasonable goals” (sub-19 3-mile and sub-19:30 5k). I was SO. CLOSE. to achieving my “possible goal” of sub-18:45 3-mile! Hopefully I’ll shatter that next week. I just have to stay strong through the third mile. We have two more races until the season ends, and then we get over a two-week break! That will feel weird.
#thankful