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.
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!!
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.