Summer Training Week 5 (40 miles + 10 mile hike + 60 min bike)

Drinking coffee, listening to “Acoustic Sunrise” on the radio, farmers’ market ventures, and dog-sitting…sounds like Sunday ūüôā

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This week’s training was a little different. ¬†My brother and I spontaneously decided to go backpacking on Thursday and Friday, so I skipped my planned run doubles but¬†did¬†complete a very technical 10-mile loop! ¬†So running mileage was a little lower, but overall mileage still increased. ¬†My legs/glutes are sore,¬†and today will definitely be a rest day!¬†¬†I’ll recap our backpacking trip in more detail in the next post.

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Week 5 (6/19-6/25):

Monday: AM: 7 miles on sidewalks + bike path. ¬†Core circuit. ¬†Some toe pain. ¬†Heat/STIM/ice. ¬†PM: 30 min bike. ¬†1 hour slow flow yoga…spent lots of time upside down so almost passed out a couple times haha
Tuesday: AM: glutes, drills, 8 miles bike path, strides.  Toe pain.  Heat/ice/stim.  PM: 2 miles + lower body lift.  Tired!
Wednesday: 3 miles into 30 min bike.  Pretty hot out!  Tired, took it easy, went ok.
Thursday: AM: 6 miles bike path. ¬†PM: Strenuous technical 3.5 mile hike. ¬†Camped overnight. Didn’t sleep that well but it was awesome.
Friday: AM: Technical 6.5 mile hike.  Foot hanging in there.  PM: 3 miles.  STIM/ice on feet.
Saturday: 11 miles on bike path, partially soft surface.  15 min ice bath, easy core circuit, STIM on calves.
Sunday: off

Total: 40 miles running + 10 miles hiking + 60 min bike

Overall, this week went well! ¬†No soft surface runs until yesterday’s long run, but I did hike 10 miles through swamps and rocks and dirt and pine needles, so that counts, right?

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Soft surface?

Nutrition this week was a little weird. ¬† I ate a ton. ¬†While backpacking, we fueled up with beef jerky, bars, dried fruit, etc. ¬†We carted all of our food and water up the mountain and ate instant mac and cheese, campfire-blackened sausages, ramen, and the like for dinner on Thursday. ¬†I also had quite a few treat meals, and for some reason gorged myself on ice cream last night at work, which made my stomach feel less than stellar ūüėČ ¬†But it seemed like my body just burned through everything due to the constant strenuous activity! ¬†So I’m not too concerned. ¬†I think I’ll try to reduce the amount of ice cream I’m consuming at work, though…

(Nutritious and delicious…)

Sleep was okay. ¬†Some nights were fine, but I hardly slept some other nights. ¬†I’m a little groggy right now. ¬†It’s hard to implement my normal bedtime routine because I’ve been working until 11 pm and now have to take care of three dogs after work. ¬†But I’m trying to relax about it!

I recently switched to custom orthotics instead of SuperFeet, and they’ve honestly been helping a ton! ¬†I was having significant toe pain last week, but I’ve been able to get through all of my runs with little-to-moderate pain. ¬†It’s still there, but it’s bearable!

Saturday’s 11-miler was the longest run I’d done since April! ¬†And I only ran 11 miles about 3 times from January through May because of all the foot issues. ¬†I ran four miles by myself before meeting up with a teammate for 7 more. ¬†I’m excited to try to increase my long run again and get back to the 12 I was running last year, and¬†maybe¬†even see how 13 feels. ¬†But for now, I’m happy to be able to run 11 ūüôā

Throughout the coming week, I’ll really have to plan things out as mileage increases, dog-sitting takes up more time, and work continues to be crazy. ¬†I don’t know what I’ll hit, mileage-wise, but I’m going to work on listening to my body, fueling properly, and taking care of my foot. ¬†Mileage is lower at this point than it was last year, but that is¬†okay! ¬†Consistent training is more important than reaching high mileage for a week or two and having to take time off because you broke yourself.

 

Summer Training Week 4 (42 miles + 120 min XT)

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#revived to write this post ūüėČ

Heck yeah, it’s time for another weekly summer training recap! ¬†This week, I pushed my mileage a wee bit more (getting ready for that jump next week) and worked a lotttt of difficult shifts. ¬†Definitely crashed and burned a bit by Saturday. ¬†Got on a lot more soft surfaces, though!

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Long run views from this morning!

Week 4 (6/12-6/18):

Monday: ¬†AM: 6 miles bike path.¬† Some soft(er) surface…for like a mile!¬† Core circuit.¬† Some foot pain but not too bad.¬† PM: 30 min swim.¬† Felt good.¬† Foot soak, roll, Tiger Balm.
Tuesday: ¬†AM: 7 miles with Noah with one mile on the trails. ¬†Significant foot pain during the second half of the run.¬† Drills and strides.¬† EXCELLENT lower body lift.¬† Pushed the weight and did the most unassisted parallel grip pull-ups I’ve ever done.¬† PM: 2 miles.¬† Crazy work shift until 10 pm per usual.
Wednesday:  60 min pool (50 swim, 10 aqua jog).  Was very pleasant.  1 hour slow flow yoga class.
Thursday:  AM: 7 miles @ 7:39 average on the C&O canal.  TBH felt pretty darn shitty.  PM: 30 min bike, felt good, upper body lift.  Busy work shift until 10 pm.
Friday:  AM: 7 miles on sidewalks/bike path.  Glute activation, drills, strides, core.  PM: 3 miles.  Tired from morning.  Long, crazy work shift until 11 pm.
Saturday: OFF.  Very glad for this rest day.  SO tired from the past couple days.  I felt like a zombie until like 6 pm.
Sunday:  10 miles @ 7:40 average at Manassas Battlefield.  All soft surface!  (Long grass/gravel/trails)  I had never run there before.  It was hot, humid, and hilly, but the views were unbeatable!

Total: 42 miles + 120 min XT.  
Dang…work this week kicked my ass. ¬†Our ice cream store is getting more popular by the minute, and during today’s shift, we did not stop moving¬†one time¬†for five hours straight. ¬†Also, the A/C in the store is broken, the freezers pump out hot air, and it never gets lower than 85 degrees. ¬†After a hot, dehydrating ten-miler…I almost passed out into the dip case a couple times ūüėČ ¬†It’s just heat training, right??
I managed to get two soft-surface runs in this week, along with some sporadic dirt paths during a couple other runs!  So definitely an improvement from last week.
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Sleep this week wasn’t the greatest, unfortunately. ¬†I worked a lot of late shifts, which riled me up at bedtime. ¬†But I suppose it’s worth it for the paycheck! ¬†#brokecollegestudentprobs
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And my nutrition has been okay, but not stellar- I’m just eating a lot of breads/baked goods and sugar, which is not prime fueling. ¬†My post-run recovery foods are good (oatmeal, yogurt, eggs, nut butter, fruits, veggies…protein, complex carbs, healthy fats), but as the day progresses, I’ve been getting lazy! ¬†And it’s hard at work when you’re just tryna stay alive, ya feel? ¬†I get home after a long, hard shift and can’t tell if I’m physically ravenous or just mentally need some junk food. ¬†Oh, well. ¬†You live and learn (and lose a six-pack in the process, hehe).
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Homemade pumpkin bread

This morning’s long run was 80 degrees, 85% humidity, and very hilly with long grass, but the views were awesome! ¬†I had originally planned to meet my friend out at the battlefields, but her foot has been bothering her, so I ran by myself. ¬†Ran in silence over the hills and through the woods (literally) for the first half and then listened to a¬†Runner’s World¬†podcast during the second half. ¬†It was kind of hard.IMG_6605.jpg
The new training week starts tomorrow, so gotta go rest up!  Running bright and early with one of my favorite running buddies.

Running is hard sometimes

Aloha! ¬†Our A/C is on the fritz again, so I’m hibernating in the basement while I write this, since it’s not 100 degrees down here. ¬†I think ice cream at work tonight will be a¬†necessity.

Anyway.

You know those runs that just knock the life out of you? ¬†I had one of those this morning. ¬†After an off day from running yesterday (I did put in an hour in the pool and an hour-long yoga class), I woke up early today and drove out to the canal for a change of scenery. ¬†I was so excited for a nice 7-mile maintenance run! ¬†Alas…it was not to be. ¬†My legs felt off from the beginning, and running just felt hard.¬† ¬†It felt like I was hammering, but apparently I was running my easy/maintenance pace (around 7:30 per mile). ¬† I did a terrible job of listening to my body when I should have taken it easy, no matter what the “pace” said.

Afterwards, I just felt completely discombobulated. ¬†Which resulted in me drinking coffee for the first time in eight days…on top of a white duvet…live life on the edge, you know? ūüėČ ¬†(PS: this summer has unexpectedly resulted in my coffee consumption diving down to almost zero! ¬†Weird.)

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I’m not even really sure why this run felt so difficult- it was humid, yes, but not extremely hot, and I wasn’t that sleep-deprived. ¬†I rarely use a GPS (actually broke my GPS watch), but I downloaded Strava for this run and was very surprised at the end when my average pace was like 7:35. ¬†It had honestly felt like I was hammering the crap out of some sub-7-minute miles.

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Oh, well. ¬†The good news is, I had a good swim yesterday! ¬†50 minutes of laps followed by 10 minutes of easy aqua jogging. ¬†Afterwards, I went to a yoga class. ¬†Swimming has never been the most enjoyable thing for me, although I became a believer in the power of cross training this past semester. ¬†But this week, I’ve actually looked forward to getting in the pool, and as such have done two cross training sessions in the water! ¬†Some days, the laps just click by rhythmically. ¬†I would¬†love to do my swims in a lake or similar beautiful, natural setting, but the same old 25-meter stretch of warm chlorinated water will have to do for now ūüėČ

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I have to go cross train and lift soon, so that’s about it for now. ¬†Working tonight after my gym session, running twice tomorrow, working again tomorrow night…it’s the summertime grind ūüôā ¬†Craving a nice, cold peach!

Summer Training Week 3

It’s Monday! ¬†After a hot run and some core this morning, I’m spending most of today relaxing and doing chores before swimming later. ¬†Monday is always my day off from work ūüôā
Last week brought 36 miles, 140 minutes of cross training, busy work shifts, fun times with good friends, a delightful Train/OAR/Natasha Bedingfield concert, and a wine tasting for my mom’s “bachelorette” party (I love being 20!!, she said sarcastically). ¬†And NCAAs, of course! ¬†It was awe-inspiring and motivational to watch. ¬†I may be crazy and have delusions of grandeur, but this middle-of-the-pack D1 runner now wants to qualify for NCAAs!! ¬†Or at least track regionals…
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Concert with friends

Week 3: (6/5-6/11)
Monday: AM: 6 miles on bike path + core circuit.  PM: 30 min swim.
Tuesday: 7 miles @ 7:40ish pace on sidewalks/asphalt.  Felt stiff and out of rhythm.  Glute activation, drills, strides.  Lift day 1.  PM: crazy work shift!
Wednesday: 60 min bike…felt sick midday but it passed so I biked in the evening and felt really good, actually.
Thursday: AM: 6 miles bike path + core.  Foot pain.  Drills + strides.  PM: 3 miles.
Friday:  5 miles on asphalt/sidewalks into 20 min bike.  Lift day 2.
Saturday: 9 miles on bike path.  7:30ish average.  Very hot and sunny.
Sunday: 30 min aqua jog.  I think I burned my face off.  Not a cloud in the sky.
Total: 36 miles + 140 min XT
This week…hmm. ¬†Similar to last week, my foot hurt on almost every run, but on the plus side, I’m still feeling strong in the weight room. ¬†I did a terrible job of getting on soft surfaces ūüėČ ¬†Almost every run was on an asphalt bike path or sidewalks. ¬†Having running buddies on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday made the runs more fun, though!
Friday’s run was somewhat crappy at the beginning but got progressively better once my legs warmed up. ¬†I was definitely mentally distracted during the lift session that followed, but thankfully both the bike and lift went better than the run anyway!
The bearable-yet-constant foot pain is starting to wear on me mentally again, and I find myself dreading runs a little bit because I want to run but don’t want to be in pain. ¬† To be honest, I am not doing as much as I should to stay on top of it.¬† I’m rolling with my shiny new lacrosse ball, acquired for the express purpose of wrecking my feet ūüėČ …doing warm Epsom salt soaks, and sporadically doing mobility, but I can do more.¬† It’s this cycle of: foot hurts on runs, I get sad thinking about it, I avoid rehab because it makes me think about the fact that my foot hurts. ¬†Ya feel?
But on the plus side, I can feel my body responding to the strength sessions. ¬†The core circuits that left me sore for days three weeks ago are easier. ¬†I’m planning on adding weight to my squats, deadlifts, and farmer’s holds in the weight room this week. ¬†Already bracing myself for the DOMS ūüėČ
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Mom and me!

After identifying the factors that brought me down a little bit last week but taking solace in the fact that I still had a decent training week and got to do a lot of other fun things, I’m re-motivated for the coming week, which should bring about 42 miles in addition to cross training sessions.
Runs are getting longer, temperatures are getting hotter, and the grind is coming back. ¬†My goals for the next week are to train¬†purposefully and to not skimp on the little things. ¬†Every run is one step closer to my goals, both as an individual and as a member of a team that aspires to achieve greatness. ¬†My teammate just ran extremely well at NCAAs, which was so emotional and motivational. ¬†All of the competitors at NCAAs work extremely hard, day in and day out, to get to the national level. ¬†Some of them have more natural talent than others, but none of them skip out on what they need to do to achieve their goals. ¬†That’s how you get to that next level.
Other highlights from my week before I sign off for now:
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A 14-year-old made this lemon lavender cake!

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I nearly cried when they sang “Bruises” and “Drops of Jupiter”

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Another concert picture!

Summer is a great time to put in the work for the upcoming season(s). ¬†This week, I WILL remember to take fish oil every day, re-dedicate myself to foot rehab, switch to orthotics for shorter runs, wear sunscreen,¬†and keep track of sleep and practice good bedtime habits such as putting away technology. ¬†I will be mindful of the foods I choose to nourish my body with– remembering that anti-inflammatory is the way to go and that I am willing to do anything to help my foot feel as good as it can possibly feel! ¬†I will also put in more shifts at work, try to be as frugal as possible and go on free/cheap summer adventures…hiking, exploring DC, playing piano, going to yoga, cooking, reading, playing badminton, soaking up the sun, picnics, crafting…there’s so much to do!

Summer Training Week 2

Happy Sunday! ¬†I hope everyone had a great week. ¬†It’s a beautiful June morning here, and I’m suffering from a mild case of wanderlust ūüėČ so I’m listening to a road trip playlist while writing this post and pretending I’m cruising down the open road. ¬†Today was a typical Sunday- took the day off from running, went to the farmer’s market, did some wedding planning with my mom’s best friend, and went to a yoga class. ¬†My family is going out to dinner in a little while ūüôā

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Farmers’ market haul!

Week 2: (5/30-6/4)

Monday: AM: 5 miles + core circuit. Some bunion pain.  PM: 3 miles.
Tuesday: glute activation, drills, 4 miles into 20 min bike + lower body lift
Wednesday: AM: 60 min bike.  PM: 30 min yoga
Thursday: AM: 5 miles with friend @ 7:15 avg.  PM: 30 min bike + upper body lift.
Friday: 6 miles with friend, glute activation, drills, strides
Saturday: 7 miles + core, started easier and felt progressively better
Sunday: off, yoga class

Total: 30 miles + 110 min XT + 2 yoga sessions

Overall, this week went pretty well. ¬†Mileage is still low. ¬†My foot is still hurting on every run- it seems like once I hit the 30 minute mark during a run, the bunion pretty much decides that it doesn’t want to do it anymore. ¬†Ow. ¬†Still feeling strong during strength sessions, though!

I had a few runs this week that were faster than they should have been, so I made an effort to go easier on Saturday, and it felt a lot better. ¬†It’s important to keep most of the mileage at maintenance effort right now in order to keep feeling good, getting strong, and building mileage!

In non-running-related news, I decided to go back to work at the ice cream and coffee place I worked last summer!  Had my first shift back on Friday night: 5-10:30 pm.  It was super busy, but I was reunited with the best ice cream ever (cinnamon, and coconut chocolate crunch.  Heck yes).

Also, we spent all day at my brothers’ tae kwon do black belt exam, and after five hours of testing, they both passed! ¬†My youngest brother earned his first degree black belt, and my middle brother earned his second degree!

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Goons

Also made macarons with two good friends earlier this week. ¬†I’m not a huge macaron fan, but they turned out well! ¬†Turns out my family isn’t a huge macaron family, either…three days later, all of the macarons I kept are still sitting on the plate.

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Mileage will continue to increase in the coming weeks, albeit slower than last year’s progression. ¬†I think I’ll hit somewhere in the mid-30s this week. ¬†Additionally, I’m going to try to get in the pool at least once instead of just cross training on the bike every time. ¬† The weather is supposed to stay mild (and rainy), which is encouraging. ¬†I’ll also be working more and writing for the¬†remote writing intensive!

Summer Training Week 1

It’s that time of year again-¬†summer training recap time! ¬†I’ve done this for the past two years, and it’s fun to be able to look back at training from past years.

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Nutrition is an important part of summer training, so here is a pretty parfait ūüôā

The 16-mile week doesn’t really count, so I’m going to say that last week was my first week of summer training ūüôā

Week 1: (5/22-5/28)

Monday: 4 miles on bike path + some yoga
Tuesday: 4 miles into 30 min bike + lower body lift
Wednesday: 60 min bike
Thursday: 5 miles on bike path + drills and strides + core.  First run in new shoes.
Friday: 4 miles into 30 min bike + upper body lift
Saturday: 6 miles on bike path
Sunday: off

Total: 23 miles + 120 min XT

This first week was okay. ¬†The runs and cross trains felt fine, but unfortunately my bunion really hurt on almost every run. ¬†At home, I don’t have access to the laser and stim/compex and other resources that the training room provides, so I’m going to have to get creative with treatment to keep this pain under control.

What I can do: warm Epsom salt foot soaks, ice baths, rolling, stretching/mobility, topical anti-inflammatory treatment.

On a more positive note, both lifts went really well. ¬†We jumped right back into the full lift routine, so I was¬†so sore¬†after Tuesday! ¬†My hamstring felt like it might rip off my body. ¬†But the soreness has subsided, and I have a nice baseline for my fitness. ¬†I’m excited to get stronger this summer!

Non-training highlights from this week:

A couple of my teammates came up to visit, and we explored Georgetown on an overcast day:

Jazz in the Garden on the Mall with a friend:

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I made cha siu baos from scratch for the first time (it was a two-day process, but so worthwhile):

…and my mom and I went shopping (*groan*) and explored our favorite farmer’s market (*cheers*)!

My goals for this coming week include:

  • Spend less time on my phone, especially before bed
  • Be proactive about bunion pain
  • Two yoga sessions and glute activation
  • Try to get more quality sleep! ¬†I wake up naturally at or before 6 am, so I need to go to bed¬†early¬†to account for this
  • Continue quality nutrition
  • Start my remote writing internship!
  • Focus on non-cooking hobbies as well, such as playing piano, knitting, reading, and writing

 

First week of summer

This time of the year is always strange. ¬†My brothers are still in school for another month, summer training hasn’t really picked up¬†yet, and my internship doesn’t start until the end of the month. ¬†Every year, I have trouble with the transition¬†to summer mode¬†because I’m the type that gets anxious¬†if I have “nothing to do” on a given day. ¬†I tend to¬†feel guilty and unproductive even though the ability to relax¬†is just as important for overall health as things like sleep and exercise! ¬†So the beginning of this past week was hard, but I’ve been able to enjoy the leisure time more each day!

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Highlights of this week:

Miles run: 16
Minutes cross trained: 70
Number of times¬†I went out to eat: ZERO! (I’m really proud of that- trying really hard to be more frugal.)*

*Okay, I did go to Starbucks twice, but only because I had a gift card!

The few miles that I did run felt good. ¬†There was some bunion pain, but the rest of my body didn’t feel as lethargic as I’d thought it would!

One day, a¬†friend and I went on a picnic and enjoyed the beautiful weather. ¬†Another day, I went hiking with another friend. ¬†I read a clich√© summer book (The Vacationers)¬†in one three-hour sitting. ¬†We ate dinner outside as a family and tried fruitlessly to keep the mosquitos away with Citronella candles (didn’t work). ¬†I spent hours and hours outside, soaking up the Vitamin D and beautiful weather. ¬†One night brought a counterintuitively peaceful summer thunderstorm.

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I’m trying to cook even more (and be more creative in the kitchen), and my brother has been helping with the food photography because he has a nice camera ūüėČ ¬†This week, I made the pancakes mentioned in the last post…

Lentil stew stuffed sweet potatoes from The Cutting Veg

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Topped with yogurt and fresh basil (sounds weird, tastes incredible)

…and I also sauteed turnip greens for the first time, so as to not waste them. ¬†Yum!

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Roasted turnips and sweet potatoes, fresh tomato, sauteed turnip greens, mushrooms, green onions, and garlic with chicken

I also made copycat Levain Bakery cookies! ¬†I’ve never actually been to Levain Bakery, but these cookies turned out incredible.

Last but not least, I cooked¬†my first live crabs yesterday. ¬†I¬†love¬†crabs and hadn’t eaten them in years! ¬†They were delicious. ¬†What a cool experience.

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Now that I’m at home, I have access to a plethora of foods that were much more difficult to access at school. ¬†We have the seasonal vegetables from our CSA. ¬†Turnips, radishes, spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, lettuce…all local and much fresher and more flavorful than anything you’d find at the grocery store! ¬†Amazing farmer’s markets. ¬†A semi-stocked pantry (although with two teenage boys and a college runner, nothing lasts long in this house).

This is allowing me to continue to develop my passion for cooking, for which I am so grateful! ¬†It’s also been easier to avoid going out to eat and be more innovative and think of what I can make with the ingredients that we already have in the house. ¬†Three cheers for saving money and eating cheaply, but healthily!

I’m¬†itching¬†to start training for real, but reminding myself to be patient!

Can’t stop won’t stop

Holy moly, there is so much to catch up on. ¬†First off, Happy Mother’s Day!

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The past two weeks have been crazy. ¬†I trained through to the conference championships with my team, and since I didn’t have any finals until last Wednesday, I actually drove ten hours round-trip to Delaware to watch them compete last weekend! ¬†It was rainy and cold, but there were some great performances, as well as¬†some not-so-great ones. ¬†My last run of the year was with my friend on some local trails, and it was great!

I took a week off from running and gave myself the freedom to eat whatever the heck I pleased and not feel the need to do core/strength/whatever.  It has been very freeing.  Break weeks are the time to let the body and mind recover.

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Chocolate chip cheesecake Cookout milkshake at 3:30 am pretty much sums up the whole break

Another awesome adventure included staying up all night and watching the sunrise at the beach with some other sleep-deprived friends.

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The two final exams that I took were both very difficult.  The accounting final murdered everyone in the class.  But we made it through!

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On Thursday, I packed up my entire room, loaded the car by myself, and drove home.  It was very tiring.  I already miss school!!

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this was depressing

I actually got into a little fender bender on the way home due to an unfortunate combination of torrential rain, drowsiness, and a loaded-up slowly-stopping car.  It was completely my fault but still shook me up a lot.

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Made some nice oatmeal at home

 

After spending all of Thursday packing, driving, and unpacking, I decided to go on another road trip with my roommate, and we drove up to New Jersey on Friday to watch our team compete at ECACs.  Princeton was super fun, even though it rained most of the time!

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We got back this evening. ¬†It’s been a whirlwind three days, but I’m¬†finally¬†home and don’t foresee any more road trips for at least a couple days! ¬†I have an incredible amount of unpacking, organizing, and planning to do…

This week, I’ll be running a few miles every other day and cross training if I feel like it. ¬†Real summer training will start up next week. ¬†So far, I don’t have a job lined up for the whole summer, but I’ll be doing a remote writing internship for most of the summer, as well as more short-term jobs. ¬†I would like to travel a lot and train hard, but I also need to save money for next year…

I’ll talk more about running once I start running more! ¬†For now, I am going to continue to eat all the foods, recover from three road trips in a week, and try to relax for a little while at least! ¬†It’s¬†unbelievable¬†that I’m a junior in college!!!

 

Summer Training Week 12

Oof. ¬†It’s interesting how two consecutive weeks can differ so drastically. ¬†The 60-mile high from last week¬†came crashing down a bit this past week, and I am¬†not feeling too hot. ¬†There were a few decent runs, but this was overall a difficult week.

Summer 2016 week 12 (8/8-8/14):

Monday:  AM: 8 miles, drills, strides, upper body circuit.  PM: walked 5 miles in DC.
Tuesday: long hilly warm-up, hilly fartlek (6:00-5-5-4-3-2-1 with half-time recovery), 20 min c/d.  Total = 11+ miles.
Wednesday: 5 miles, abs
Thursday: AM: drills, 7 miles, strides.  PM: 30 min swim because peroneal hurt.
Friday: AM: 2 mile w/u, 24 min solo tempo, 2 mile c/d.  PM: 2 miles treadmill.
Saturday: off, 10 min yoga
Sunday: 11 miles pretty fast.

Total: 53ish miles, 30 min XT

OK, gotta release some negativity for a second…then we can move on ūüėČ

So many things about this week sucked. ¬†I was tired for both of my workouts (got through them though!), had peroneal pain later in the week, worked¬†horrible¬†5-10 pm shifts on the weekend, and the weather did not cooperate. ¬†My body feels like I got run over by a truck, and I think I’m fighting off an illness. ¬†I’m stupidly stressed/worrying that I’m overtraining since I can’t even function right now. ¬†Since I work at an ice cream and coffee place, I have to bend into the ice cream dip cases every 5 seconds, and every time I did that for the past two nights, I felt like I was going to pass out. ¬†I am so over summer weather at the moment. ¬†The entire week had a heat index of over 100 degrees, inching into the 110s with bajillion percent humidity. ¬†I hate it. ¬†It never got below 80 degrees even at 6 am. ¬†The A/C in the store is broken, so it was almost 90 degrees¬†inside¬†the store. ¬†The ridiculous weather makes every run feel shitty.

To summarize, this week knocked me flat on the ground.

But now to focus on the positives! ¬†Monday’s run felt good, Wednesday’s run felt good, completed both my workouts, and I had a biking buddy for my entire long run on Sunday, which was¬†amazing.

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Snapchat video quality…

I got to try out a cute local cafe and catch up with a friend over brunch!

And, of course, the concert was amazing.

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Made some delicious black bean brownies and a really good stir-fry lunch the other day.

The stir-fry: garlic, onions, red hot peppers, and rainbow carrots sauteed in olive oil, along with grilled chicken, basil, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, corn, and avocado on the side.

Even though there were a lot of negatives, I’ve completed the last full solo training week of the summer, as I return to school this Saturday! ¬†And¬†I worked my¬†last dreaded closing shift last night- no more super late nights- bless.

I texted my coach yesterday and told her I was feeling terrible, and she told me I could take today off, light, or anything, depending on how I was feeling. ¬†I couldn’t sleep this morning, so I got up and ran 3 miles, and it didn’t feel great. ¬†I’m still really tired and bleary-eyed. Therefore, later today, I will either run 4-7 miles, bike for like half an hour, or just do a light strength workout. ¬†We’ll see.

In other news, Emma Coburn won the bronze medal in the 3k steeple at the Olympics!! She’s incredible! ¬†In less-than-favorable conditions, she ran 9:07 to break her own American record!! ¬†And how about the 19-year-old gold medalist, Ruth Jebet? ¬†Amazing.

Almost school time ‚̧

3 Years Strong!

Yesterday was my 3-year blogiversary! ¬†While I didn’t remember until today and therefore didn’t do anything specific to celebrate, I¬†did¬†have a super fun, full day.

(First blogiversary: Happy blogiversary! (and some other things)  Second blogiversary: Anniversary + pace run.  Damn, how things have changed)

I made a last-minute¬†decision to sleep in (although I still woke up at 6:30- awesome), and running at 11 am instead of 7 resulted in lots of extra sweat… My legs were really tired from a long workout on Tuesday, but I kept the pace fairly easy, and it was nice to not have to run for more than 40ish minutes. ¬†Afterwards, I did core and then drove out for a lunch date. ¬†Potbelly sandwiches (and potato salad!!), rescuing a lost child, putt-putt golf, and just chilling…It was a fun afternoon.

After that, I headed home and got ready to go to a concert!  Packed the best salad ever due to the crazy amount of leftovers in my fridge: spinach, lettuce, yellow tomato, fresh corn, celery, leftover barbecue chicken, granny smith apple, homemade mango salsa, avocado, chickpeas, and raspberry vinaigrette dressing.  It was the bomb.

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The concert was awesome. ¬†A Great Big World, Matt Nathanson, and Phillip Phillips ¬†were¬†all¬†performing. ¬†They must have created this tour with me in mind- I adore all of those artists. ‚̧

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While I can probably sing¬†every Phillip Phillips song ever, Matt Nathanson honestly stole the show. ¬†He should be a stand-up comedian! ¬†His charismatic, earnest-yet-candid personality shone through in his interactions with the audience. ¬†“I’m like¬†One Direction in Mongolia.” ¬†“I see there are young people in the audience. ¬†I’m going to use some…heavy metaphor. ¬†How do you start a fire without a match? ¬†Friction. ¬†This song is about…consensual friction.” ¬†“We don’t usually play at venues this nice. ¬†*pause* After this, I’m gonna go home and eat some Brie.”

Phillip Phillips has an incredible voice and can¬†really¬†project-maybe that’s why he won American Idol??- but he needs to work on actually having a personality. ¬†His set fell a little flat after Matt Nathanson’s antics…maybe because of the age difference. ¬†Gone, Gone, Gone is still a great song, though ūüėČ

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The concert was pretty long, and after 45 minutes of parking lot madness, we eventually got home at midnight and I woke up at 6:30 to run. ¬†I’m exhausted and there’s a bit of pain around my left peroneal. ¬†The grind continues. ¬†9 days until school!