Aaaand a month later, here’s another post. This always happens. Sorry, friends!!
I started the day off with a nice bowl of pumpkin chocolate oatmeal before going to do my long cross train of the week. Yes, I’m still injured. 90 minutes of biking and aqua jogging later, I’m back in my apartment and ready for a nap.
To catch up briefly on the last month of my life, the end of summer was full of work, fun times with teammates on training trips, horrible travel days, and lots of reckless biking in the mountains!
We had one training trip in the Poconos, followed by another training trip the day after the first one ended in Banner Elk, North Carolina. What was already going to be a marathon travel day turned into a nightmare when my bike fell off the back of my car on the PA turnpike, then my car battery died, then the subsequent four-hour delay (and $200 new battery) caused my passenger to miss her train by four minutes, then I got locked out of my apartment for the night when I finally did make it to my college town 14 hours after the travel day began. At least it makes for a good story!
The training trips were fun and useful for team morale and building a championship culture, but it was nearly impossible for me to train on the second one since I couldn’t run. I was frustrated and ready to have a little time away from constant stimulation by the end of the eight days 😉 On the plus side, it was nice and cool and picturesque everywhere we went!
Most of us were in town for about a week before classes started, so we spent that time training, going out to eat, and getting ready for the year!
Classes began a week and a half ago, and at that point I was mandated by the trainer to take time completely off to see if my foot would heal. This made for way too much free time. I had no idea what to do! It was also really hard to have to go to practice, do nothing, listen to beginning-of-the-season hype from the coaches and watch everyone else learn the new hurdle routines and stuff. I did have a giant breakdown in the locker room, but my selfless teammates helped me through it. I also finally began talking to the sports psychologist, which was great.
Luckily, after five days, I was able to start cross training again. While not the same as running, a familiar, regimented cross training routine truly makes me feel like myself.
I am now a senior in college (didn’t we just get here??) and finishing up my Marketing and Hispanic Studies majors and Accounting concentration with a very hypothetical plan of getting my Master of Accounting next year. To do that, I am taking 15 credits this semester: four upper-level business classes and one senior seminar Spanish class (the last one I have to take!). I have two 80-minute classes on Monday/Wednesday and three on Tuesday/Thursday. None on Friday (shocker, right?)
My non-athletic goals for this semester include keeping my apartment clean, establishing good study habits, avoiding the comparison/social media/boredom trap, implementing meditation and mindfulness into my everyday life, and taking advantage of any opportunity that comes my way. I am really excited for this year- academically, socially, and career-wise!
In terms of running, my goal is to continue to approach every day, every training session, as an opportunity to get better. Over the past many months of injury, I’ve learned how to back off and have a more balanced approach to training. This is something I had trouble with in the peak of training when I was healthy, but I do think that is one silver lining of injury- being able to be more balanced and less rigid in all aspects of life!
Running will come back into my life on the timeline that it is meant to. Everything happens for a reason, and I am happy to say that I am walk-jogging a little bit and my foot is hanging in there. We’ll see how this trajectory continues! I am hopeful and optimistic (at least, until my MRI follow-up on Tuesday…hehe).
In terms of this blog, I’d like to post more recipes, senior year updates and ruminations about future plans, college student/young adult budgeting tips, “Day-in-the-life” type stuff, and mindfulness discussions!
One last note- I made this cake for my friend’s birthday last week, and it was the best cake I’ve ever made/eaten. It may have taken four tries to get the writing on top to turn out okay, but I was so proud. It was a homemade dark chocolate cake with homemade vanilla buttercream frosting, and everyone loved it!
Ok that’s all for now- Gonna summarize my week of training in the next post!