Happy Sunday! After a hectic last few days (which I’ll talk about later), I completed my longest run of the comeback this morning and am now sitting in a coffee shop on campus while procrastinating some school work. I have 5 school-related tabs open in order to pretend that I’m being productive 😉
This past week, I ran my first workout and ran 9 miles this morning, breaking 30 mpw for the first time since, like, January! I also drove 700 miles in a 28-hour time period with the 3 girls below. We are crazy.
Week of 11/5-11/11:
- Monday: AM: 50 min pool (40 swim, 10 aqua jog). PM: warm-up, Eldoa, activation, 3 miles, pedestal exercises, band exercises, core. Ice cup on foot.
- Tuesday: Warm-up, Eldoa, activation, 48 min run, strides. Lift- new PR of 105 (I know, my legs are currently noodles) on squats! NormaTec.
- Wednesday: Bonus day off: light core + foam rolling
- Thursday: Warm-up, Eldoa, activation. Foot was achey so I used the Alter-G for 5 miles @ 80% bodyweight + 20 min bike. DB reverse lunges, chin-ups, push-ups, and dips in locker room. Iced foot. Drove to SC.
- Friday: 2π workout in Rock Hill! 10 min warm-up, 2 x [3h14h1e5h4e], 10 min cool down = 7 miles, but then we also pretty much did a fartlek while spectating, so I’m counting it as 2 more miles of work haha.
- Saturday: off
- Sunday: 9 mile long run. First 7.5 miles around 7:35 average and then last 10 minutes faster with last mile at 6:12.
Total: 33.5 miles + some XT
I only cross trained twice this week! What?? I ended up running 5 days with two complete days off because my team was tapering for regionals, and I was traveling.
Monday’s and Tuesday’s runs were both pretty awful; my body didn’t want to move. On Thursday, my foot was pretty sore, so I used the Alter-G instead of running on land. I skipped lift to go to a grad school interview. After class on Thursday, I drove to Rock Hill, South Carolina with 3 of my teammates so that we could cheer at the NCAA Southeast Regional meet on Friday! We left after class and got there at 9 pm. Woke up on Friday to do a workout in the pouring, freezing rain before heading to the course to cheer!
The workout went surprisingly well considering that I’d driven for 7 hours the night before! We ran around the sidewalks in Rock Hill for 7 miles, warmed up at our friend’s favorite coffee shop, and then pretty much did another fartlek-workout sprinting around the course cheering on our teammates.
Our men’s and women’s teams ran okay but did not place highly. I’m hopeful that we will keep progressing throughout track and make huge progress next year. I think we just ran out of time this semester.
Us spectators revived our hungry, tired, soaking wet selves at Earth Fare before hitting the road for another 7 hours. My friend and I ate dozens of chocolate-covered espresso beans to stay awake, and by the time we reached the scary pitch-black last 40 miles of highway, we were delirious, over-caffeinated, under-rested, and ready to get out of the car. I have never gripped the steering wheel so hard in my life; every time a car came around in the opposite direction, their headlights blinded me and I couldn’t see anything for 5 seconds. I was starting to feel highly ill and wanted nothing more than to never drive again. But I revived for a night of festivities.
I slept like 4 hours on Friday night (more like Saturday morning), enjoyed brunch (and lots of coffee) with friends, and hibernated until it was time to work on a group project for 4 hours in the afternoon. RIP.
After recovering all day Saturday and spending an evening watching the Great British Baking Show and eating an entire loaf of chocolate banana bread right before bed, I was ready to go for this morning’s run!
Overall, this week was fun and exhausting. I’m happy with how my training is going, even though some of my runs felt terrible! While my team is on their break, I’m going to take the next couple weeks pretty low volume while increasing overall mileage. So excited for Thanksgiving 🙂