First real week of training: 32 miles

Hi everyone!! Today was the first day of spring break, and I am so glad that I have a week or so to relax (with interspersed homework, running, and SKYDIVING, of course!)

To catch up on what’s been happening over the past week:

I got sick last Saturday and therefore took a total of four more days off.  My first day back running was Monday; while everyone else did mile repeats on the track, I went for an easy 4.5 mile run with one of the guys on my team.  It felt pretty good, but I was still congested.  I remained congested and cautious about my lungs all week.

Tuesday brought another 4.5 mile run, nothing interesting.

On Wednesday, our school hosted a track meet, but I knew I shouldn’t race, so I did mile repeats on the track before the meet started.  I only did 3 because I still had a hacking cough and congestion, but I went 6:20, 6:20, 6:15.  Nothing too challenging, but certainly not easy.

I ran for 40 minutes after tutoring and missing practice on Thursday, and it was not the greatest run ever.  My legs and lungs were tired, and I never got my breathing into a rhythm.  Also, the temperature randomly skyrocketed up to 75 DEGREES!!  I was drenched in sweat by the end…this body is used to below-freezing weather!

Friday brought another track workout.  2 x [200 hard, 200 easy, 400 hard, 400 easy, 800 hard, 400 easy, 400 hard, 200 easy, 200 hard, 400 easy].  I ran 35-36 for the hard 200s, between 78-82 for the 400s, 2:58 for the first 800, and 2:49 for the second 800!  Although it was a pretty short workout (4000m of speed), it was encouraging to know that I’m not completely out of shape and can still hit some decent paces during a workout.

Today was my “long” run.  The temperatures had dropped back down to the 30s, and I was originally only going to go for around 50 minutes because I didn’t want to add too much too soon.  But I got to 25 minutes and felt pretty good, so I turned around at 27:30…and my phone turned off because it was too cold!  No music for the second half of the run 😦 but I felt really good during the second half.  In total, I completed 7 miles at a 7:40 average pace, with a 7:15 last mile!  I negative-splitted (negative splat?) by 90 seconds in the second half of the run…oops.

run

I love having a watch that works

We went to a Thai restaurant for dinner, and I ate a crazy amount of pad thai, spring rolls, beef with basil, and garlic shrimp.  Our favorite ice cream place was right across the street, so of course we had to stop!  I got a chocolate fudge brownie sundae…hey, splurging is living!!

IMG_4482.JPG

It was huge, and I am disappointed to say that I could not manage to eat the whole thing

In total, I put in about 32 quality miles this week.  A big improvement from the 14 I ran last week!  I’m hoping spring break will be good for me.

In other news, I got into my first choice college!  AND I will hopefully be running for them next year!!  Nothing definite yet, but it’s definitely on the horizon!

Fun fact: if you want to feel bad and lowly and like you have no talents, go search “Emily Bear piano.”  She’s INCREDIBLE.  I usually feel pretty good about myself for being reasonably musically talented, but she possesses UNREAL talent.

Advertisements

Fitness update (TL;DR: I’m a moron)

I have come to the conclusion that the universe is against me when it comes to running. (This is going to be a very pessimistic post 😉 )

I stopped my normal training volume at the end of January, and cross trained/biked/ran easy a few times for five weeks.  I hoped that backing off would make the tendonitis/bunion pain/etc. go away, but I wasn’t cautious enough.

States was postponed by 1.5 weeks, and I ran a 2:24 800 leg a week and a half ago.

We then took a week completely off: no running, no cross training, no strength training.

Last Monday, I jumped back into running too quickly (5 miles) and strained my hip flexor.  I iced/rolled/stretched a lot on Monday and Tuesday, and ran easy on Tuesday.  I completed a track workout (8x400m) on Wednesday, starting at 85 and working my way down to 77.

After the workout, my legs felt great but sore from lunges on Tuesday.  I had my mom give me a massage.

The massage aggravated my piriformis muscle, causing intense pain whenever I walked, carried a backpack, or sat down.  I was in a lot of pain on Thursday and didn’t run.

Yesterday, practice was cancelled, so I took another day completely off.

My hip and feet felt great today, so I was going to run about 30 minutes very easy.  Unfortunately, I got sick.  Another day of no running.

 

Total tally: it has been about eight weeks since being able to really train.  I somehow busted out a decent time in the 800 a week and a half ago, and I idiotically jumped back into training last week.

 

Soooo….

it’s time to be smart.  I’ve wasted too much time being stupid and dangerous and hurting my body.  It’s been two months since real training, so obviously I have to be more cautious.  I’ve taken three days off and am going to a sports massage therapist tomorrow.  Then, I plan to run extremely short and extremely easy since I’ve had a few days with no pain.

States

This is an extremely late post and does not accurately reflect my current fitness situation.

But anyway… (pretend this was a week and a half ago)

Here’s a very concise summary of this trip: I ate a lot, slept a little, and I’m actually really happy with my individual performance, even though we didn’t have a great performance as a team.

We ate dinner at Olive Garden the night before the race, and after we got back to the hotel, we took part in our pre-states tradition of watching funny cat videos and infomercials for about two hours.  I laughed so hard that my veins almost popped out of my forehead.

We woke up on race day, ate some breakfast, spent most of the morning watching Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and then went to lunch at Panera.  I fueled up for the race with a panini and pesto pasta.

Our race was scheduled for 5 pm, and we left for the track at 3.  We warmed up and did skips and stretches outside, and we actually missed final call for our race because they called it so early!  We rushed inside, ran to the check-in area, and threw on our spikes…and of course we still had 20 minutes until our race…

We’ve been through the pre-race final-call not-ready rush before, and I was already going into the race with no expectations, so the panicky situation didn’t really rattle me that much.  However, my teammates were really shaken and panicked by the situation because they are generally a little more clueless than I am when it comes to time schedules, and it didn’t help that our coach wasn’t able to come because he had to work.  There was no one there to calm us down.  I tried to give a pep talk, and it worked for me at least… but I don’t think it calmed the other girls down.

Instead of anchoring like I usually do, we decided that I would run second because it’s the “safest” leg.  Before the race, my coach texted me saying, “We don’t need a great leg from you.  We don’t even need a good leg from you.  We just need you to hang on and run around 2:27 or 2:28″ which I knew I could do.  It would hurt because I wasn’t conditioned, but I knew I could do it.  All my teammates had to do was run the same times they ran at regionals (2:23, 2:23, and 2:19) and we would qualify for the Penn Relays.

Our first leg took it out strong for three laps but died a little on the last lap (2:25), so I received the baton in eighth place out of eight teams.  😉  I caught up to the pack on the first lap and latched onto a girl in purple who I knew would run around the time I wanted to run.   The first two laps went by quickly, and I was surprised that I felt normal!  I didn’t feel like I was that out of shape.

k

I didn’t really push it, and I just kept running with the purple girl.  In hindsight, I probably could’ve pushed it more, but I was worried about dying at the end and I knew that I was already running a pretty solid leg.

k-1I finally kicked it into gear with about 50 meters to go and handed off to my teammate in sixth place.

k-3I stumbled over to our first leg and just kind of sat on the ground for a bit.  My teammate ran decently, but we wound up in eighth going into the final leg.  Our anchor got the baton and was in no man’s land: the worst place to be!  The gap was pretty big, so we ended up finishing last in the fast heat.

After the race, I discovered that my split had been 2:24!! How did I run a 2:24 after basically 5 weeks off?  Even though our place and time wasn’t our best, I was really happy with my own time.  It was three seconds away from my PR, which was really good after an injury.

The next day, one of our boys ran the mile and placed all-state!

We finally got back around 8 pm that night, and the winter sports banquet was happening when we pulled up to school.  I debated going but ended up just going home because I had a lot of homework.

The second I walked in the door of my house, my friend texted me saying, “You just won MVP at the sports banquet!!!”

Grrrrrr.  My intuition stinks… but I’m proud of myself for winning MVP 🙂

 

Brain dead

I just finished the History of the Americas portion of my IB Topics mock exam.  Three essays in a little over two hours… needless to say, I’ll be brain dead for the rest of the day.

Yesterday was our last workout before states.  We were supposed to do a warm-up, 6×200 with jogging recovery, and cool down.  The track was completely covered in snow, but our school has a long parking garage over the highway and there’s a flat portion of the bike trail that runs right underneath it.  The local community is really good at clearing the bike trails around here when it snows, so the trail was pretty clear!  We did 6x 35 seconds hard on it, and it was absolutely killer.  My legs and lungs are no longer used to running fast!

I recovered by going home and taking a snow bath.  I filled the tub with cold water and dumped a bucketful of snow into it.  Coooooooold…but effective. 🙂

My foot is bothering me, so I’m going to tape it up and ice it.  We’ll see what happens.

Can you tell I’m brain dead?

Shoutout to Mother Nature and the VHSL

It rained all day on Sunday, and the water froze because of the low temperatures, creating a county-wide ice rink!  We woke up on Monday to the unexpected announcement that school was cancelled.  Usually, I wake up in the morning vowing to steer clear of electronics/technology and to be super productive, but this day was not one of them.  I made myself breakfast (oatmeal with pink lady apples, frozen raspberries, and almond butter) and curled up in bed to binge watch House on Netflix.

The temperature skyrocketed up to 40 degrees, so I decided to go for a short run.  My injury hurt during last Friday’s run, so I used the elliptical for 30 minutes last Saturday and took Sunday completely off.

I ran on the roads (clear) and the bike trail (icy) for 25 minutes, and my injury didn’t bother me at all, which was encouraging! I was getting pumped up to leave for states on Wednesday afternoon, race the 4×800 Thursday, come back Friday, and take some time off to completely rehabilitate.  My friend and I were going to be missing our IB Topics mock exam (worth six test grades) and were scheduled to make it up this coming Monday and Tuesday.

On Tuesday night, I packed all my bags for the trip.  I ended up packing more for the two-day trip than I usually do for a multiple-week trip across the country!  IMG_4993 IMG_4994

Needless to say, I failed at fitting everything into my tiny school locker and had to cart most of it around all day…

At 11:11 am on Wednesday, 4 hours before we were supposed to leave, our coach informed us that states had been postponed again due to the expectation of snow where we were and ice pellets where states was.

Moaning and complaining, we dragged all our stuff home and unpacked.  At least I wouldn’t miss the mock exam, right??

It snowed six to eight inches yesterday, resulting in no school yesterday or today.  Therefore, I technically have a six day weekend, although I have to go to school for three hours tomorrow to take half of the Topics mock!

I didn’t run yesterday because my foot was killing me, so I wore KT tape all day and stuck it in a tub of icy water for a few minutes.  I guess I could’ve just gone outside and grabbed some snow, though.

IMG_5011

I also had some Nuun. Not a big fan.

 

IMG_5013

IMG_5018I’ve been trying to be more conscious of what I’ve been eating recently because I had fallen off that train for awhile and definitely gained some weight.  I think I’m doing a pretty good job, although my mom made ribs for dinner twice in one week and who can resist that?

IMG_5031

My go-to breakfast: old-fashioned oatmeal, milk, apples, frozen raspberries, almond butter, and cinnamon

IMG_5015

Yesterday’s lunch: omelet with spinach and Boursin cheese, open-faced PB&J, bell peppers and hummus (plus unpictured key lime Greek yogurt)

IMG_4981

Pasta with sauce, chicken, and steamed spinach

Dessert: strawberry bowl and some Dove dark chocolate

Dessert: strawberry bowl and some Dove dark chocolate

 

 

I wore French braids yesterday because I wanted to see how they felt while running.  Although I only ran for 46 seconds, I kept the braids. 🙂

IMG_5022

Of course, when I took them out, I had an out-of control mane…

The roads are ridiculously icy, and I don’t know what the track is like.  We have 6-8×200 on the schedule today, but I don’t know how that’ll happen (my treadmill doesn’t go over 10 mph, which isn’t conducive to pick-ups).  We’ll see.  States in three days! (If it gets postponed again, I quit. Just kidding).