Yo. I’ve decided to start titling my training recaps “in-season training.” So Training Week 10 was actually In-Season Week 1, and this past week was In-Season Week 2.
I hope that makes sense!
Anyway, I just wrapped up my second week of in-season training with 10 miles on the same campground trails that I did my pace run at nine days ago. This long run felt a lot better than last Sunday; I didn’t feel 100%, but my legs weren’t logs, either!
Monday 8/31: 6 miles, drills, strides, strength circuit
Tuesday: AM: 2 miles shakeout run. PM: 2 miles warm-up, 5k total “race”, 5 x [1:00 hard, :30 easy], 1.5 miles cool down. Total: 10 miles
Wednesday: 40 minutes biking
Thursday: 6 miles, drills, strides, strength circuit, 30ish minutes cross training
Friday: 2.8 miles warm-up, drills and strides, 4 miles pace run @ 6:30ish average, 2.8 cool down. Total: 10 miles
Saturday: 3 miles @ 8:02 pace, 45 minutes yoga
Sunday: 10 miles @ 7:49 average pace
Total: 45 miles running, 70ish minutes cross training, 45 minutes yoga
Comments: Phew! I am exhausted. This was the highest mileage week I’ve ever done in my life, along with about two hours of cross training and/or yoga. It seemed like half of my runs felt like crap, but listing it out now makes me realize that- duh- it wasn’t as bad as it seemed in the moment.
Monday felt normal, Tuesday was hot and exhausting, Wednesday was recovery, Thursday felt bad at the beginning but continuously improved, Friday was hot and exhausting, Saturday felt surprisingly good, and Sunday (today) was pretty good. So over half my week was positive! Silly me.
Today’s long run started out a tiny bit slower because we were in the woods, and it was dangerous to go fast what with all the roots and tight turns and uneven footing. Once we transitioned onto the wider dirt/gravel bike path in the woods, our pace increased, and our last two miles averaged around 7:20. The last 20 or so minutes of the run were tough, not gonna lie, but my workout group is amazing (I know, I keep saying this, but it’s true!) and we all worked together and toughed it out.
Yoga yesterday was the weirdest experience ever. Instead of one of the upperclassmen leading yoga like usual, we went to a school-organized ashtanga yoga session, but there were only like three non-xc people there and the instructor was clearly annoyed by our presence. “I’m not used to groups this big,” he complained. Also, since it was ashtanga yoga, he clarified that they “do the same poses every single time so that we’re not slaves to our imagination.” What? That life is not for me. He also used the word “anus” way too many times for a 30-minute yoga session!
We had a team ice cream social yesterday, and I ate more ice cream than I’ve ever eaten in my life. I also spontaneously had a black bean burger because free food is the best, amirite? Not feeling too great about my nutrition right now, but I’m excited to hop back on that train with loads of complex carbs, fruits and veggies, and protein! It’s hard to get great food at my college, but I’m trying.
I made my first non-breakfast meal of college yesterday! Stopped at the grocery store a couple days ago and stocked up on cooking essentials, like rosemary, olive oil, cooking spray, a baking pan, minced garlic because #lazy, etc. I made garlic rosemary chicken and threw some spinach and apples into the pan as well! I also made sweet potatoes and topped them with cinnamon. Sooo good. I miss real homemade food.
Some other random tidbits:
I had a huge post-long run breakfast at 11 am, so I’m not too hungry right now. I picked up a butternut squash at the farmer’s market yesterday morning after yoga, so I think I’ll roast that later and just kind of snack all afternoon. Roasted squash, apples and peanut butter, and scrambled eggs sounds like a balanced late lunch to me. 😉
If I have time, I’ll nap, but I have a lot of work to do this afternoon! It’s quite dreary outside (fall, please come soon, I love you), so we’ll probably just hang out indoors for the rest of the day.