On Valentine’s Day, I turned 19! First birthday at college 🙂
I received a cute birthday card from my eleven-year-old brother:
And a less cute, hashtag-filled birthday card from my sixteen-year-old brother:
Do they think my life is a mess or something??
I also received (among other things, like my college tuition) a miniature food processor, a Trader Joe’s gift card, almonds, a Quest bar, and dark chocolate from my mother. She knows me so well.
Overall, the whole weekend was fun but exhausting. We got back from the meet at 1 am on Saturday morning, and I woke up naturally at 7. After going to the farmer’s market, I did a little bit of homework and then ran with my high school teammate who was here for a tour! We did four miles on the trails. Afterwards, I watched the Olympic Marathon Trials and did a little more work before my recruit arrived.
On Sunday (my birthday!), we had practice at 9 am. We traveled for our long run for the first time in awhile, and I did 10 miles with two of my teammates. It was so cold! We couldn’t feel our toes for the first half of the run since it was about 6 degrees.
After the long run and recovery, we went for a team/birthday pancake breakfast! We didn’t end up eating until 2 though… so it was more of a pancake lunch.
I ate a ridiculous amount of blueberry pancakes, scrambled eggs, and bacon.
Afterwards, we did some birthday shopping and also stopped for the best cupcakes in the world.
I ate the entire “wicked chocolate” cupcake as a study snack. Hey, it was my birthday!
On Monday, I had a super busy day of classes, recruit activities, a recruit lunch, and then practice. Today we had a workout, but after 20 minutes warm-up, drills, strides, and 10 minutes “brisk”, my legs decided to act up again. The burning was horrible. So I stopped the workout after completing a third of it and jogged for ten minutes back to the track. I ran maybe six miles today.
I’m honestly so fed up. This has been going on for almost three months, and every time I think it’s getting better, it doesn’t. I feel like I’m stuck in a workout rut; I haven’t had a week where I haven’t had to skip or modify a workout. I also haven’t worked out on the track in four weeks! Yes, I’m in good shape and PR-ing, but at what cost? I’m just really frustrated with this situation, and hopefully the orthotics help, and I’m missing the track, and I’m in pain.
OK, rant over. I had a great birthday and have such great friends and teammates!