What’s in my kitchen? Apartment edition!

Happy Tuesday! ¬†Today is the last day of summer, and so far I’ve gone to 7 am practice, completed a rainy tempo workout, ice bathed, went to the grocery store, meal prepped, finally set up my bed, napped, did a shakeout run, and slowly started accepting the fact that classes start tomorrow ūüėČ

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Can I just stay in bed instead of going to my 8 am?

The weather didn’t get the memo that it’s still summer, and the offshoot from Hurricane Harvey has resulted in bucketloads of rain all day, including during our workout. ¬†We don’t have it too bad, though. ¬†Praying for all the people in Texas who are being hit hard by this hurricane!

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For the tempo workout, our coach split us into groups and gave us a pace range but also told us to run more based on effort than anything. ¬†My group was assigned a 5 mile tempo at 6:00-6:15 pace. ¬†I fell off the group after two miles and had a particularly rough fourth mile during which my legs locked up pretty badly, but I rallied well in the fifth mile and caught back up! ¬† I’m pleased with the splits as a starting point- pretty sure this was one of my fastest tempos, and definitely¬†the fastest I’ve run five miles. ¬†After the tempo, we rope stretched, foam rolled, did a bit of strength, and ice bathed.

Tempo splits: 6:08, 5:54, 6:11, 6:21, 6:13.


I had some typical beginning-of-the-school-year errands to run after practice, such as picking up textbooks, getting a parking pass, and going to the grocery store. ¬†This semester, my roommate and I are in an off-campus apartment, and we both have commuter meal plans with 50 meals per semester. ¬†This means that we will be cooking the majority of our meals on our own. ¬†This will be¬†significantly cheaper than being on a meal plan with 14-20 meals per week; seriously, the campus dining plans average out to like $15 per meal for crappy dining hall food! ¬†However, living on our own also requires more planning. Over the past few days, we’ve stocked up on kitchen essentials and meal prepped a bit. ¬†I thought I’d show you what our kitchen looks like right now, as well as my plan for this semester with classes, practice, other commitments, and meals.

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As collegiate athletes, a healthy, wholesome diet is essential to keep our bodies primed for hard training and recovery. ¬†This is one aspect of life in which I will never skimp.¬† Our fridge, freezer, and pantry are¬†stocked¬†right now. We’ll be sharing some food and keeping some individual. ¬†In the fridge, we’ve got fruits and vegetables, Greek yogurt, cheese, nut butter, condiments, almond milk, and I meal prepped some chicken, brown rice, quinoa, and black beans in order to throw together quick lunches and dinners. ¬†The freezer has the rest of the chicken, frozen berries, my salmon, edamame, a loaf of sprouted bread, and some black bean brownies I made the other day.

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Hit up Walmart for the non-perishable essentials!  The 4-pack of black beans was 57 cents!

Our pantry is full of baking supplies, chia and hemp seeds, bars, cooking essentials such as olive oil, balsamic vinegar, pasta and pasta sauce, salsa, etc. ¬†It’s a hard job stocking a kitchen with all the essentials without breaking the bank! ¬†I think most of the major grocery hauls are done now, and my goal is to stick to a very low weekly budget from here on out. ¬†Think $25-30 per week. ¬†I am prepared with tons of brown rice, oats, potatoes, pasta, canned beans, and cheap bread ūüôā

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This semester, my class schedule is pretty compatible with practice and meals. ¬†I have an 8 am for the first time ever! ¬†I also don’t really have time for lunch on Mondays and Wednesdays- haven’t figured out what I’m going to do about that yet. ¬†My plan is to meal prep breakfast every day (except Friday- no classes again!) and pack my lunch most days. ¬†For dinner, I’ll either go to the dining hall or just cook up a bunch of protein and complex carbs at the beginning of the week so that I can fix quick dinners and have more time to study (theoretically…).

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Meal prep on our doll-sized stove

A healthy, wholesome diet is an integral part of academic and athletic success! ¬†All it takes is a little planning. ¬†Also, my roommate is cooking her dinner right now and it smells delicious and I’m starving after a workout and a shakeout run, so I’m going to go eat. ¬†The next post will hopefully be academic and athletic goals for the semester/year!

 

 

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Summer Training Week 14: 58 miles + yoga + new apartment!

Greetings! ¬†I’m back in my college town after a crazy, eventful week. ¬†School doesn’t start until Wednesday, but practice starts on Monday. ¬†I’ll recap this week’s training and then catch you guys up on what else has happened!

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Week 14 (8/21-8/27):

Monday: AM: drills, 8 miles on bike path/sidewalks, strides, core circuit.  PM: 2 miles.

Tuesday: workout at Burke Lake Park with teammate.  20 min warm-up, drills, 32 min tempo on trails, 20 min cool down.  Most of the tempo was mentally hard for me, but we encouraged each other and pushed it at the end.  Total: 10 miles.  Also- got my period back!

Wednesday: AM: glute activation, 6 miles on bike path, 10 min core.  PM: 1 hour slow flow yoga class.

Thursday: AM: 3 miles.  Packed car/moved into apartment!  PM: 7 miles on trails around campus- awful bathroom issues, yikes!

Friday: ¬†2 mile warm-up, drills, fartlek with teammates (2×5 minutes, 2×4, 2×3, 2×2, 2×1 with half recovery), 2 mile cool down. ¬†Ice bath. ¬†Felt a little tight/tired because I had slept poorly and was sore from moving, but overall went well! Mentally strong. Total: 10 miles.

Saturday:  12 miles with teammates.  Pushed the first 8 miles (close to 7:00 pace) and then got on some trails.  Felt tired but not bad.  Ice bath.

Sunday: off + light core.

Total: 58 miles + yoga class

This week was kind of crazy! ¬†It’s amazing how the miles add up when you’re distracted by major life events and don’t overanalyze every little running-related thing.¬† That being said- I definitely slacked on strength this week. ¬†Aside from some half-hearted core, I did¬†nothing

On Monday, I semi-spontaneously bought a car!  After looking on and off all summer, I had resigned myself to the fact that I was going to spend the year taking the bus, riding my bike, and/or begging my roommate for rides to and from our apartment 1.5 miles off campus.  However, I found a used car that was in my limited price range, went out and test-drove it, got more specs, and ended up buying it two days before I went back to school!  Can you say last-minute??  

Also got a haircut, but that’s not that exciting ūüėČ

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Couldn’t keep a straight face

This week has also included a lot of treats, but it’s the last hurrah before we buckle down into racing season, so it’s okay, right!? ¬†My family went to The Cheesecake Factory for a farewell dinner on Wednesday night; while the food wasn’t great (my chicken pot pie was less than stellar), the cheesecake was¬†amazing. ¬†We waddled out of the restaurant ūüėČ

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Strawberry cheesecake, and cheesecake with fudge cake and chocolate truffle cream

On Thursday morning, I got in three miles before my mom and I tandem-drove down to my college town. ¬†This year, my roommate and I are sharing an off-campus apartment. ¬†We each have our own rooms and closets, along with a shared bathroom and kitchen/living/main room. ¬†It’s not the most upscale apartment ever, but we’ll make do! ¬†I’ll do an apartment tour post once we finish setting it up!

I’ve spent the past few days setting up the apartment, driving all over town to every single discount store ever, going to the farmer’s market and grocery stores, spending FAR too much money, running and hanging out with my teammates, not sleeping enough, and generally existing in a perpetual state of distraction and exhaustion. ¬†Good times ūüėČ ¬†Practice starts tomorrow, classes start on Wednesday, and it’s off into another year of college! ¬†I’m VERY excited and a little nervous about this year!

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Summer Training Week 13: 55 miles + yoga

The past week has been very eventful! ¬†After an exhausting last week of work and running, I went to see Lifehouse, Switchfoot, and Brynn Elliott last Sunday with one of my best friends. ¬†The concert was¬†amazing…but we didn’t get home until midnight, and I’ve never felt less recovered after a recovery day.¬†ūüėÖ¬†So I struggled through a morning run on Monday, skipped my double, and prayed that I’d feel better for our team training trip! ¬†This week was¬†sort of¬†a down week- I still ran 54 miles… Isn’t it funny how our perspectives change based on where we’re at in training?

This morning, I went to a yoga class before heading to my favorite farmer’s market for the last time before I go back to school. ¬†I swear, the people at this farmer’s market are the¬†nicest, most compassionate people in the world. ¬†Every time I go there, it restores my faith in humanity ūüôā

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Lifehouse and Switchfoot concert!

Week 13 (8/14-8/20):

Monday: AM: 7 miles on bike path.  STRUGGLE- body is so tired.  Glute activation + push-ups.  PM: skipped my double, light core.

Tuesday:  Mosquito-infested workout with teammates on island soft surface: 20 min w/u, drills, 12-7-7 with 3 min recovery, 3 mile c/d.  Total = 11 miles.  Went really well!  I felt very strong mentally and physically.

Wednesday: ¬†5 miles with teammates easy + core. ¬†New shoes. ¬†PM: eventful ocean swim with my freshman teammates in which we got caught in the riptide/current for awhile…

Thursday:  AM: 7 miles with teammates, drills, strides, strength (push-ups, lunges, roller abs, etc.) Lighthouse climb!  PM: 3 miles with teammates.

Friday:  Early workout with freshman teammate.  20 min w/u, drills, 7 x [3:00h, 1:00e], 20 min c/d.  Felt ok, not amazing.  Fewer mosquitoes!  Total: 9 miles.

Saturday: 13 miles on bike path.  Listened to podcast about accents.  Pretty humid/hot.  Took an energy gel at mile 9 and hammered the last 20 minutes.  Overall good run!  Trail was very crowded.

Sunday: off.  Vinyasa yoga class.

Total: 54 miles + 1 hour yoga class

Not the most interesting training week, but the concert and training trip were an absolute blast. ¬†When Lifehouse played “You and Me” and “Hanging by a Moment” one right after the other, my friend and I almost cried. ¬†We also got to meet Brynn Elliott after the show- she was incredibly affable and enthusiastic, and she’s only a year older than us!

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The training trip got off to an interesting start with a mosquito-infested workout on Tuesday morning. ¬†Apparently, it was the worst mosquito day some of the locals could remember! A few of the girls looked like they had contracted a bad case of chickenpox. ¬†Throughout the trip, we worked out together, went to the beach, climbed a lighthouse, ate immense amounts of ice cream every night, explored the island, saw wild ponies, had dance parties and ridiculous late-night talks, drank lots of coffee and took lots of pictures. ¬†I am so happy this trip turned out as well as it did ūüôā

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None of our seniors or fifth years came on the training trip, so the junior class (read: my class!) was unexpectedly thrust into leadership roles that we didn’t expect to have until next year. ¬†One of my classmates organized the majority of the trip, and some of us took on the task of talking to the freshmen about team rules, team dynamic, goals, expectations, how each practice works, and college in general. ¬†Everyone worked together really well with the cleaning, cooking, and carpooling.

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One of the freshmen and I ended up swimming far out into the ocean- farther than I had ever swum- which was exhilarating! ¬†Until we got caught in a riptide/current that pulled us farther and farther out into the water. ¬†There’s nothing like the feeling of being pulled backwards as you attempt to swim forwards. ¬†This particular freshman and I are both pretty fearless, but even so, I felt a bit of apprehension as we made ZERO progress getting back to shore! ¬†We eventually made it back by swimming with the waves and letting the current pull us around in a giant circle. ¬†Phew!

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This trip was really good for my mental health and balance as well. ¬†Reuniting with my teammates reminded me that all the hard work throughout the summer is done for a¬†reason and reinvigorated me for the upcoming cross country season. ¬†Also, a lot of last year’s top seven is in our senior/fifth year class, which meant that I was one of the faster and higher mileage runners on this trip. ¬†Along with my fellow juniors and high mileage runners, I ended up leading workouts, runs, and conversations about college running for the freshmen. ¬†It was surreal!

Since the juniors were the leaders on this trip, I really wanted to be a good role model for the underclassmen. ¬†So this trip had the awesome¬†effect of breaking unofficial routines and rules that I had gotten stuck in throughout the summer. ¬†I just went with the flow. ¬†Ice cream every night? ¬†Absolutely yes. ¬†Meals at weird times? ¬†Waiting until 8 am to run- something that I hadn’t done all summer? ¬†Staying up later than I had been comfortable with? ¬†Relaxing in the afternoon? ¬†I tried to say yes to everything. ¬†Also tried to lead by example- post-workout recovery snack, rope stretching, foam rolling, treating myself, not hammering maintenance runs,¬†and striking that tricky balance of relaxation and dedication to training. ¬†I hope we (the juniors) did a good job. ¬†The underclassmen reassured us that we did great, which was so gratifying ūüôā

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One of the highlights from this morning was at the farmer’s market. ¬†As I mentioned before, the people there are the nicest ever. ¬†I stopped at one of the bread stands and made small talk with the woman who works there- we sort of know each other because the store where I work is very close with the farmers and small businesspeople from the market. ¬†We talked about me going back to school, and when I tried to buy a lemon bite from her, she gave it to me for free and said, “save it for college”! ¬†This happens all the time. ¬†Do you see why I love it there??

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It was also really delicious.  The tangy glaze paired perfectly with the soft, sweet-yet-sour lemon pastry.

I also just adore the farmer’s market because you can find the most unique food items there. ¬†Moroccan spiced carrot hummus? ¬†Okra? ¬†Dirt-cheap apples, peaches, and tomatoes? ¬†Agave lime gazpacho?? ¬†I’ll probably miss it more than my home, to be honest…(mostly kidding).

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I’m going back to school and moving into my apartment later this week, so the next few days will be filled with planning, packing, (running) and convincing myself that I’ll be okay living 1.5 miles from campus without a car. ūüėČ ¬†I can’t believe summer is almost over!

Summer Training Week 12: 62 miles

Happy Sunday! ¬†I wrapped up the highest mileage week of my life so far (62 miles) with 3.5 miles this morning. ¬†I am¬†TIRED. ¬†In just 7 hours, I will be done with work for the summer and headed to a concert with my friend!¬†ūüôĆ

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Post-run breakfast: apple pie egg white oats with strawberries and chia/flax PB, along with plain Greek yogurt

Week 12 (8/7-8/13):

Monday: AM: 7 miles, felt good! Drills, strides, core, short nap.  PM: 3 miles, felt good but distracted.  Total: 10 miles.

Tuesday:  20 min warm-up, drills, 4 mile tempo on W&OD bike path (6:32, 6:29, 6:17, 6:05), 2 min recovery, 4 x [60,60], 20 min c/d.  Ice bath.  Felt completely out of whack.  Not a stellar workout.  Mentally unfocused, ugh.  Total = 10 miles.  Worked 12-5 pm.

Wednesday:  6 miles with my friend on canal.  It was almost chilly outside!  Core.  Worked 5-10 pm.

Thursday:  AM: drills, 7 miles, strides on turf (2 strides barefoot).  Legs felt exhausted but bearable throughout the run.  Push-ups, dips, pull-ups, and squats.  Worked 12-5 pm.  PM: 3 miles home from work.  Tired but decent.

Friday: Workout at park/lake with teammate!! 20 min warm-up, drills, 7-5-7-5 with 2 min recovery on trail loop, 2 mile cool down. ¬†Didn’t feel fresh but it was SO FUN and we talked the entire time (including during the workout…we just had a lot to catch up on)! ¬† Total: 9 miles. ¬†Ice bath. ¬†Worked 5-11 pm RIP. ¬†Also, OMG EMMA COBURN AND COURTNEY FRERICHS.

Saturday: 13.5ish miles (mostly downhill to Roosevelt Island, back uphill on Custis trail and W&OD).  Listened to podcasts and it was actually pretty enjoyable!  A tiny bit longer than I meant to go because I did a loop from my house.

Sunday: 3.5 miles

Total: 62 miles

Monday was good, Tuesday through Thursday were not great- I just felt really tired and run-down.¬† Luckily, I had running buddies for a lot of this week’s runs.¬† Friday was AWESOME just being with my teammate, and Saturday’s long run went pretty smoothly!¬† Worked six days in a row this week while trying to hit high mileage, which was kind of unpleasant…I definitely have a tendency to get stuck in an intense, over-the-top rut with summer training, but I had a couple good conversations with teammates that reminded me to relax.
It was nice and cool in the mornings this week, which was a pleasant change that made it a little easier to get out the door.
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Long run views!

Yesterday was the longest run I’ve done so far! ¬†I went out for 100 minutes, since that’s what we did the last time I ran 13 miles, but my phone’s Health app said I had gone almost 14 miles at the end. ¬†I don’t know how accurate it was, but my body sure felt like I’d gone that long!
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I didn’t sleep that well this week. ¬†Tried to fit in naps wherever possible, which usually happened to be like 10:30 am and made me feel completely discombobulated for the rest of the day…oh well ūüėČ Nutrition was pretty strong! ¬†Since I worked so many shifts, most of my lunches and dinners were “clean-out-the-fridge” meals eaten out of aesthetic Tupperwares at work. ¬†We had the week off from lift, so I’m feeling a bit like a noodle.
In non-running news, I finished A Walk West (the second installment of A Walk Across America) and started What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day.  So far, I really like it.  Finally making a crack at the 5-for-$3 books from the used bookstore!
Tomorrow is our training trip!! ¬†I CAN’T WAIT. ¬†I went to Harris Teeter and Trader Joe’s this morning to stock up for the trip and managed to get 10 Siggi’s yogurts for $10 thanks to coupons and sales! ¬†It was #lit. ¬†It was only when I left the store that I realized I’m moving out in nine days. ¬†There is a lot of yogurt in my immediate future. ¬†Why am I like this…
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Generally stick to store-brand, but this was 10 for $10!!

Planning on dropping it down this coming week unless I feel shockingly good. ¬†Overall, I’m sore, achey, and wish I could sleep instead of going to work today. ¬†But just gotta get through one more shift! ¬†#doitforthecarfund
Almost work time! ¬†LAST SHIFT LEGGOOO. ¬†Listening to Ed Sheeran’s older music while I get ready ūüôā

Fun Friday Fartlek with Friend

(I’m such a dork. ¬†I can’t.)

Before I get started with this post, which will be fueled by a jittery I-drank-more-caffeine-than-I-can-handle frenzy, it’s my four-year blogiversary! ¬†WOW. ¬†I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for four years! ¬†Maybe some of the positive things that happened this morning count as a celebration. ūüôā

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Some things have changed (like my eyebrows, and my 5k PR)…my coworker still thinks I’m in high school, though

So the past couple days have not been the most fun. ¬†My runs have gone pretty well, but to some extent, the rest of the day has been spent feeling like a train hit my body. ¬†Yikes. ¬†It’s been extremely helpful to have a running buddy for most of this week’s runs so far. ¬†I’m not sure how I’d be getting through without them¬†ūüėÖ

I wasn’t looking forward to another workout, but a couple days ago, one of my teammates texted me to say that she would be in town, and did I want to workout together?

Um, heck yes!

I hadn’t seen her all summer, so we had a lot to catch up on. ¬†We met up this morning at a park with a 5-mile trail loop, and from the start of the warm-up to the end of the cool-down, we did not stop talking. ¬†Both of us had been feeling a little burnt out and lonely, so we didn’t stress at all about the workout and just had a blast running with each other. ¬†It was a 7-5-7-5 fartlek with 2 minutes’ recovery, and we didn’t even shut up during the workout, gasping for breath as we sprinted along the wooded trails. ¬†I’m sure we looked and sounded ridiculous ūüėČ

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Here’s another 2013 throwback (at the same park from this morning!) for the blogiversary ūüėČ

Working out together made us both super excited for when the whole team is back together! ¬†Just a few more weeks. ¬†Workouts (and the general grind of training) is so much easier when there are 20 other women working just as hard ‚̧

It’s also been almost chilly in the mornings for the past few days, which has made running more bearable. ¬†This morning was 70 degrees and overcast- nothing like 85 and unbearable!

After the workout, I was stretching, rolling out, and refueling in the parking lot while watching local high schools compete in a cross country scrimmage. ¬†Two of the most outgoing, hilarious young kids I’ve ever met came over and started asking 300 questions about my roller, stretch rope, car keys…even the lunch box that housed my post-workout breakfast.

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Their older sister was running in the scrimmage, but they had gotten bored and were on an “adventure.” ¬†The younger girl (4 or 5) proceeded to take over the foam roller and stretch rope while she showed off her moves. ¬†Her brother was shocked when I didn’t know who their sister was, and that I didn’t go to her school- apparently all runners know each other ūüėČ While not noteworthy, this interaction with two extremely extroverted kids made my morning all over again.

I drove home and stopped to get ice and splurge on illy coffee, since it’s my favorite. ¬†The most convenient place to get illy coffee happened to be my workplace’s biggest competitor (oops). ¬†When I ordered my coffee from the manager, he asked who had better coffee. ¬†I defended my workplace’s ice cream but reluctantly admitted that illy coffee tops all else…and the guy shook my hand and comped my coffee! ¬†I felt like a traitor, but this was yet another positive happenstance that made my morning!

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Ice bathing with my free caffeine ūüėČ

After an eventful morning full of positive happenings not directly related to running (a refreshing change!), I took an ice bath, showered, and caught up with some friends.  The rest of the afternoon will be filled with lunch, a nap, and some chores before heading to work until 11 pm tonight.

I feel really content right now. ¬† Also hopped up on (free) caffeine, so that might have something to do with it! ¬†Something annoying or catastrophic will probably happen later to make up for this good morning ūüėČ but right now…all good. ¬†I’m also going to a concert on Sunday with my friend to see some groups that I LOVE, so I’m so excited. ¬†Happy Friday! ¬†I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Tempo Tuesday (LOL)

Hoo boy. ¬†Today’s workout was not amazing. ¬†This week, I’m trying to hit high mileage (60+) while working¬†six days in a row…rip Kathryn. ¬†So far I’m 2 days and 20 miles in. ¬†Currently chilling in my bed with my nightcap (fresh peach, homemade cookie dough bites, and Kombucha) after a long day of working out, working, and picking up furniture for my apartment off of Craigslist (lol), so I thought I’d recap the day’s workout before turning in for the night.

The workout: 2.5 mile warm-up, 4-5 mile tempo, 4 x [:60h, :60e], 2.5 cool down.

What actually happened: 2.5 mile warm-up, 4 miles (6:32, 6:29, 6:17, 6:05), 4 x [:60h, 60e], 2.5 cool down.

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Ugh. ¬†Honestly, it wasn’t great. ¬†My body felt out of whack during the warm-up, during the drills, during the workout, and during the cool down. ¬†The first two miles of the tempo were slowwww. The third mile was hilly, and I was not having any fun. ¬†While I would have preferred to do a 5 mile tempo (and at a faster pace), I gave myself an out at 4 miles. ¬†Really struggled the last 1/2 mile or so, so it was probably good that I stopped.

During the 4 x [:60, :60], I saw some runners from my high school’s team. ¬†Seeing them working hard early in the morning motivated me to crush the little fartlek, so that portion of the workout actually went pretty well. ¬†Hobby jogged the cool down and took an ice bath after stretching and rolling out. ¬†I was¬†freezing! ¬†Refueled with a truly massive bowl of oatmeal. ¬†This is getting ridiculous…

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The mileage total for the day was 10 miles. ¬†I had a double on schedule, but I had zero desire to double after this morning and after working all day, so I elected to lie in my bed the second I got home instead ūüôā

I’m not sure why I felt so poorly this morning. ¬†Maybe it’s because I did a¬†Meatless Monday¬†yesterday and possibly lacked in protein? ¬†Who knows. ¬†Some days are just tougher than others!

Tomorrow is an easy recovery run with my friend that runs for another university. ¬†I’m excited! ¬†This week is going to be¬†hard. ¬†But it’s the last week of work before our training trip and move in! ¬†Just gotta power through. ¬†We can do hard things ūüôā

Summer Training Week 11 (57 miles)

Week 11?! What??

Happy Sunday! ¬†It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood- 65 degrees this morning as I headed out the door to go to yoga (for the first time in a month. ¬†Shhh). ¬†After a long, tough week of hard workouts and work shifts every single day, my off day from running and my off day from work have fallen on the same day. ¬†#blessed. ¬†I went to yoga, the farmer’s market, a local bakery, and am spending the rest of the day trying to adult by looking at used cars.

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Week 11 7/31-8/6):

Monday:  AM: 7 miles on sidewalks, drills, strides, difficult core circuit.  Felt pretty flat- worked late last night.  PM: 2 miles.  Felt decent.  Total: 9.

Tuesday: ¬†Got over 8 hours of sleep last night!!¬† Woke up at 6:40 which is quite late for me…AM: 2 mile warm-up, drills, 5 mile “steady state” on bike path, 2 mile cool down.¬† Splits: 6:27, 6:27, 6:24, 6:16, 6:03.¬† Mentally strong!¬† Light lift day 1.¬† Ice bath.¬† Worked 12-5.¬† PM: 2 miles home from work.¬† Total: 11 miles.

Wednesday: 5 miles on sidewalks + turf.  Tired but decent.  Worked 5-9:30 pm.

Thursday:  AM: drills, 7 miles, strides.  Light lift day 2.  Strides felt much better than Monday.  Worked 11-5.  PM: 3 miles home from work.  Felt heavy; sore feet.  Total: 10.

Friday: ¬†12 min warm-up, drills, REALLY LONG FARTLEK on canal (3×1 minute, 2×2, 2×3, 2×4, 2×3, 2×2, 3×1 with 1 min recovery in between everything), 12 min cool down.¬† Total: 10 miles.¬† This workout was weird- I kept losing focus, didn’t feel engaged, but rallied well at the end once I convinced myself I was almost done ūüėČ ¬†Didn’t sleep great the night before.¬† Canal was very muddy.¬† Ice bath.¬† Worked 12-5.

Saturday:  12 miles sidewalks/bike path.  First 8ish by myself and then 4ish with my friend during which we stopped like every 2 minutes.  Oh well. Quite tired.  Ice bath.  Worked 12-5.

Sunday: 1 hour yoga class.  Off.  Off from work too- yessss.

Total: 57 miles + yoga class

This week was pretty dang tiring. ¬†Worked every single day, some tough workouts, and the fatigue has definitely accumulated over the past two days. ¬†Sleep could’ve been better- I drank a lot of coffee this week, which kept me up a bit at night! ¬†I hit slightly higher mileage than planned, so I’m taking today completely off instead of doing the scheduled cross train.

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Yes, this is a blurry butt shot- but I had to document how MUDDY Friday’s workout was!

My mentality was very one-track-minded, and I feel a bit antisocial and isolated. ¬†Definitely need this off day from running. ¬†I’ve gotten very good at understanding¬†when¬†and¬†why¬†my body/mind feel certain ways, and right now, both are saying, “You almost overdid it this week. ¬†You need a day off!”

On both Tuesday and Thursday, I doubled home from work. ¬†However, Thursday’s route was a little too long…so I ended up having a nice little walk home after reaching my mileage.IMG_7458.jpg

Met up with a friend for acai bowls on Wednesday! Delicious, fun, and overpriced ūüėČ

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I’m feeling the need for a nap, so I’m going to wrap this post up. ¬†This week, I’m going to work on¬†balance, reading more instead of spending so much time on Instagram, reaching out to friends, and continuing to prepare for the school year. ¬†It’s almost time for fall semester!!