But first: GUESS WHAT– I GOT MY PERMANENT TEETH YESTERDAY!! RIP to the denture life!!
After crushing a stressful formal business presentation that our group had been working on for two months, I headed to my dentist to get the teeth. Then it was back to school to prepare for a Spanish presentation. And no, I haven’t eaten an apple yet 😉
Anyway, happy last day of classes! I actually did not have class today, but I spent the morning finishing a final paper for one of my Spanish classes before getting ready for the last Friday afternoon workout of the year. (Meanwhile, it seemed as though everyone else at school was partaking in the last day of classes tradition of day-drinking…)
It was a hot one- 88 degrees and very sunny- so I wasn’t sure how the workout was going to go. But we prepared well and were very vigilant about hydrating and icing throughout, so it ended up going well!
Pre-workout breakfast: probably the biggest bowl of (z)oats I’ve ever made, plus a fried egg. I kind of forgot to shake out this morning, but oh well. Yesterday’s practice was a scavenger hunt that was more like a 7-mile fartlek, so my legs were trashed and probably benefited from the extra recovery!
The workout: 2.5 mile warm-up, drills, strides, 3 x 600 (400 @ 80 and kick the last 200, I ran 36-37) with 2:30 recovery, 6 x 400 at cruise pace (~83) with 1 minute recovery, 4 x 400 with 2 min recovery (77, 77, 77, 75), 2 mile cool down, rope stretch, ice bath. I stayed hydrated before and after with coconut water, Nuun, and a variation of the “Can’t Beet Me” smoothie from Run Fast Eat Slow.
After the workout, our team went out for dinner before having fun with our annual paper plate awards and senior celebration. My friend and I split a roasted beet salad and prosciutto garlic tomato pizza.
And my paper plate award was pretty accurate- I will admit that sometimes I get a little competitive/aggressive…
I’m going to be training through the conference championships with the rest of the team, mostly to give me something to do over finals. My finals schedule includes two small projects due next week, but no actual exams until May 10! I’m hoping to be able to travel to watch the team compete at conferences next weekend 🙂
Transparency time: Lately, there have been a couple instances where I’ve struggled mentally with eating a lot of rich food and not having my stomach/digestion behave perfectly. I don’t count calories or macros or whatever (I’ve experimented with MyFitnessPal in the past, but our bodies know what they’re doing. It’s our brains that screw everything up 😉 but I know that I perform better when I eat a lot. For goodness’ sake, I just ran a 5k 90 seconds faster than I was running two years ago! It’s just mentally hard sometimes to eat twice as much as everyone around you.
I’m just trying to remind myself of how much fuel we need to fuel the work that we’re doing. It is ALWAYS better to overfuel than to under-fuel. There are myriad examples that show how underfueling doesn’t work, ever. And skillet cookies and mac and cheese will really just help this body handle mileage, intensity, and hot weather even better, right?? I’ll take that over miserably munching on raw vegetables and ignoring hunger cues any day. The other day, we did clearances for next year, and I found out my weight for the first time in like two years. And guess what? It hasn’t changed at all since the first day of my freshman year of college. Not that weight means anything at all- I’m way more efficient and can run a sub-18 minute 5k and do 20 chin-ups and handle 60 miles per week now- but I’m just saying our bodies are so smart and everyone has a go-to natural body weight and we need to eat a lot!
(Did that make any sense? No? It’s fine.)
Anyway, just a few finals, projects, and induction into the collegiate Spanish national honor society to get through before I am halfway done with undergrad! I’ll be a junior in college before I know it. Isn’t that crazy?? Sometimes it feels like I just got here!!