It’s Homecoming Weekend! I’m currently drinking coffee and stalking the Marine Corps Marathon splits instead of doing work because my mom is running for the second year in a row. I’m going to do some grocery shopping and do chores and potentially do work if the inspiration strikes. Haven’t done homework in like two weeks, so I should eventually get on that, but for now…#yolo.
Anyway, the past week of training has been relatively uninteresting. Classes restarted on Wednesday after fall break, and since I don’t have Friday classes, I had another two-day school week. Nice!
I ran 55 miles and got my butt on the bike for a bit on Wednesday because of some foot pain. Didn’t feel particularly incredible, but also didn’t feel like I was dying (for the most part haha).
Week of 10/16-10/22:
- Monday: AM: “fun” practice! 7 miles with some of the underclassman guys and jumped in the river afterwards (even though it was like 50 degrees outside). Lower body lift in weight room. PM: team meeting, drills, speed ladder, hurdles, 3+ miles, 4 x 150 strides, planks/push-ups, rope stretch, foam roll.
- Tuesday: workout @ sports complex: 18 min w/u, drills, strides, 2 x [4:00h, 2:00e], 3 x [3:00h, 1:00e], 4 x [2:00h, 1:00e], 4 x [1:00h, :30e], 15 min c/d. Definitely felt the lower body lift from yesterday! NormaTec. Evening: pain on top of foot.
- Wednesday: 4 miles + 20 min bike. Gorgeous weather! 10 min core. PM: massage…she murdered my quads and calves.
- Thursday: AM: form drills, speed ladder, hurdle drills, 7 miles, 3 x “x” strides with the conference commissioner! Upper body lift in weight room- felt hard. PM: 3 miles + NormaTec.
- Friday: 18 min w/u, drills, strides, 4 x mile on a hilly gravel road with 3 min recovery (5:51, 6:04, 5:42, 5:56). 15 min c/d. Mile 1 and 3 were downhill, 2 and 4 were uphill…ouch! Didn’t feel great today (heavy + not in rhythm) but got through! Ice bath.
- Saturday: 12 miles on soft surface. Did not feel fresh. NormaTec.
- Sunday: off. Light core/stretching.
Total: 55 miles + 20 min bike
We got a ton of soft surface this week, which was great, except my calves are #wrecked. But it’ll pay off! And the massage therapist on Wednesday really helped to get all the knots out.
Her, destroying my calves: “Is this pressure okay?”
Me, sweating and breathing hard: “Oh yeah totally fine I’m fine this is fine!”
But I digress.
On Tuesday, we went to my coach’s house to carve pumpkins, which was lots of fun, although my pumpkin promptly rotted by Friday.
Classes started again on Wednesday, and I discovered that I had done fairly well on my finance midterm but bombed the heck out of our computer skills assessment. You win some, you lose some 😉 Applied to some internships, baked some treats for our bake sale, and still didn’t really do homework.
On Friday, I did some work in the morning before meeting with my coach. We talked about the upcoming conference championships, and it was exciting and a little bit nerve-wracking because we’ve got some big goals that were previously unthinkable. Hoo boy…
That afternoon, we drove out to a hilly soft surface road to do some mile repeats. We went out and back twice, so the first and third miles were downhill while the second and fourth were uphill. Ouch. Our splits of 5:51, 6:04, 5:42, 5:56 definitely reflected that. I didn’t feel well during the workout, but I worked through it with two of my teammates. 🙂 We didn’t get back from the workout until like 6:30 and made the mistake of going out to dinner on Homecoming weekend. After waiting in line for over an hour at Blaze, we almost cried tears of joy when we finally devoured our pizzas.
Saturday was another busy day- we long ran in the morning (again, not incredible, but made it through) and then I volunteered at our bake sale for a couple hours before going to the Homecoming football game for the rest of the afternoon. We got slaughtered…as expected 😉
After almost falling asleep in the dining hall in front of our recruits, I realized I should probably nap in order to become a functional human again, so I went home and snoozed before heading to our annual Oyster Roast.
After a couple hours of eating fresh oysters and chili out of a giant cauldron and dancing hysterically to the Virginia Reel, we listened to Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now” album (the best…new Taylor Swift is weird…) on the drive home. ‘Twas a loooong day.
We’re heading into the conference championships this week, and I’m excited and a bit nervous but trying to keep a very level head. As I’ve mentioned before, our team has not had the best luck this year, but I know we can put on a good showing at conferences.
Time to actually go be productive, maybe…