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 😉
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!
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.
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.
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 🙂
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…).
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!