Fun Friday Fartlek with Friend

(I’m such a dork.  I can’t.)

Before I get started with this post, which will be fueled by a jittery I-drank-more-caffeine-than-I-can-handle frenzy, it’s my four-year blogiversary!  WOW.  I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for four years!  Maybe some of the positive things that happened this morning count as a celebration. 🙂

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Some things have changed (like my eyebrows, and my 5k PR)…my coworker still thinks I’m in high school, though

So the past couple days have not been the most fun.  My runs have gone pretty well, but to some extent, the rest of the day has been spent feeling like a train hit my body.  Yikes.  It’s been extremely helpful to have a running buddy for most of this week’s runs so far.  I’m not sure how I’d be getting through without them 😅

I wasn’t looking forward to another workout, but a couple days ago, one of my teammates texted me to say that she would be in town, and did I want to workout together?

Um, heck yes!

I hadn’t seen her all summer, so we had a lot to catch up on.  We met up this morning at a park with a 5-mile trail loop, and from the start of the warm-up to the end of the cool-down, we did not stop talking.  Both of us had been feeling a little burnt out and lonely, so we didn’t stress at all about the workout and just had a blast running with each other.  It was a 7-5-7-5 fartlek with 2 minutes’ recovery, and we didn’t even shut up during the workout, gasping for breath as we sprinted along the wooded trails.  I’m sure we looked and sounded ridiculous 😉

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Here’s another 2013 throwback (at the same park from this morning!) for the blogiversary 😉

Working out together made us both super excited for when the whole team is back together!  Just a few more weeks.  Workouts (and the general grind of training) is so much easier when there are 20 other women working just as hard ❤

It’s also been almost chilly in the mornings for the past few days, which has made running more bearable.  This morning was 70 degrees and overcast- nothing like 85 and unbearable!

After the workout, I was stretching, rolling out, and refueling in the parking lot while watching local high schools compete in a cross country scrimmage.  Two of the most outgoing, hilarious young kids I’ve ever met came over and started asking 300 questions about my roller, stretch rope, car keys…even the lunch box that housed my post-workout breakfast.

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Their older sister was running in the scrimmage, but they had gotten bored and were on an “adventure.”  The younger girl (4 or 5) proceeded to take over the foam roller and stretch rope while she showed off her moves.  Her brother was shocked when I didn’t know who their sister was, and that I didn’t go to her school- apparently all runners know each other 😉 While not noteworthy, this interaction with two extremely extroverted kids made my morning all over again.

I drove home and stopped to get ice and splurge on illy coffee, since it’s my favorite.  The most convenient place to get illy coffee happened to be my workplace’s biggest competitor (oops).  When I ordered my coffee from the manager, he asked who had better coffee.  I defended my workplace’s ice cream but reluctantly admitted that illy coffee tops all else…and the guy shook my hand and comped my coffee!  I felt like a traitor, but this was yet another positive happenstance that made my morning!

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Ice bathing with my free caffeine 😉

After an eventful morning full of positive happenings not directly related to running (a refreshing change!), I took an ice bath, showered, and caught up with some friends.  The rest of the afternoon will be filled with lunch, a nap, and some chores before heading to work until 11 pm tonight.

I feel really content right now.   Also hopped up on (free) caffeine, so that might have something to do with it!  Something annoying or catastrophic will probably happen later to make up for this good morning 😉 but right now…all good.  I’m also going to a concert on Sunday with my friend to see some groups that I LOVE, so I’m so excited.  Happy Friday!  I hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Summer Training Week 11 (57 miles)

Week 11?! What??

Happy Sunday!  It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood- 65 degrees this morning as I headed out the door to go to yoga (for the first time in a month.  Shhh).  After a long, tough week of hard workouts and work shifts every single day, my off day from running and my off day from work have fallen on the same day.  #blessed.  I went to yoga, the farmer’s market, a local bakery, and am spending the rest of the day trying to adult by looking at used cars.

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Week 11 7/31-8/6):

Monday:  AM: 7 miles on sidewalks, drills, strides, difficult core circuit.  Felt pretty flat- worked late last night.  PM: 2 miles.  Felt decent.  Total: 9.

Tuesday:  Got over 8 hours of sleep last night!!  Woke up at 6:40 which is quite late for me…AM: 2 mile warm-up, drills, 5 mile “steady state” on bike path, 2 mile cool down.  Splits: 6:27, 6:27, 6:24, 6:16, 6:03.  Mentally strong!  Light lift day 1.  Ice bath.  Worked 12-5.  PM: 2 miles home from work.  Total: 11 miles.

Wednesday: 5 miles on sidewalks + turf.  Tired but decent.  Worked 5-9:30 pm.

Thursday:  AM: drills, 7 miles, strides.  Light lift day 2.  Strides felt much better than Monday.  Worked 11-5.  PM: 3 miles home from work.  Felt heavy; sore feet.  Total: 10.

Friday:  12 min warm-up, drills, REALLY LONG FARTLEK on canal (3×1 minute, 2×2, 2×3, 2×4, 2×3, 2×2, 3×1 with 1 min recovery in between everything), 12 min cool down.  Total: 10 miles.  This workout was weird- I kept losing focus, didn’t feel engaged, but rallied well at the end once I convinced myself I was almost done 😉  Didn’t sleep great the night before.  Canal was very muddy.  Ice bath.  Worked 12-5.

Saturday:  12 miles sidewalks/bike path.  First 8ish by myself and then 4ish with my friend during which we stopped like every 2 minutes.  Oh well. Quite tired.  Ice bath.  Worked 12-5.

Sunday: 1 hour yoga class.  Off.  Off from work too- yessss.

Total: 57 miles + yoga class

This week was pretty dang tiring.  Worked every single day, some tough workouts, and the fatigue has definitely accumulated over the past two days.  Sleep could’ve been better- I drank a lot of coffee this week, which kept me up a bit at night!  I hit slightly higher mileage than planned, so I’m taking today completely off instead of doing the scheduled cross train.

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Yes, this is a blurry butt shot- but I had to document how MUDDY Friday’s workout was!

My mentality was very one-track-minded, and I feel a bit antisocial and isolated.  Definitely need this off day from running.  I’ve gotten very good at understanding when and why my body/mind feel certain ways, and right now, both are saying, “You almost overdid it this week.  You need a day off!”

On both Tuesday and Thursday, I doubled home from work.  However, Thursday’s route was a little too long…so I ended up having a nice little walk home after reaching my mileage.IMG_7458.jpg

Met up with a friend for acai bowls on Wednesday! Delicious, fun, and overpriced 😉

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I’m feeling the need for a nap, so I’m going to wrap this post up.  This week, I’m going to work on balance, reading more instead of spending so much time on Instagram, reaching out to friends, and continuing to prepare for the school year.  It’s almost time for fall semester!!

Summer Training Week 8 (54 miles)

Happy National Ice Cream Day!  After an easy 4 miles and core this morning, I dog sat, perused the farmer’s market, and have been checking various chores off my to-do list.  It’s been a busy week; I’ve worked every single day, and one more shift stands in the way of me and a day off 😉

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Week 7 (7/10-7/16):

Monday:  AM: drills, glutes, 7 miles,  strides.  I felt pretty crappy and was cranky on this run.  Core circuit.  PM: 3 miles neighborhood trail.  1 hour slow flow yoga class.  Got sick afterwards and puked/laid in bed all evening.

Tuesday:  AM: nothing: still sick.  Felt very achey/tired/lethargic, hibernated all day.  PM: 7 miles at 8:00 pace on treadmill.  Feet hurt by the end but body felt surprisingly okay.

Wednesday:  5 miles at Roosevelt Island.  Probably one of the top 5 worst runs I’ve ever had.  Heavy legs, felt off balance and achey, and it was super warm and humid.  But at least I did it!  Lift day 1: felt okay.

Thursday:  AM: fartlek on canal: 2 mile warm-up, 1-1-1-2-2-2-3-3-2-2-2-1-1-1 min on with 1 min recovery between everything, 2 mile cool down.  Very humid/muggy.  Didn’t feel amazing, but much better than Wednesday.  Ice bath.  PM: 2 miles at 8:10 pace on treadmill.  Very tired, and sore feet/legs!  Total = 11 miles

Friday: AM: 5 miles sidewalks.  Tired but progressively better.  Very humid/hot.  Lift day 2, unfortunately disrupted by some really horrible interactions.  The lift went pretty well, but I was not in a good mindset and therefore it didn’t feel as quality as it could have.  PM: was going to swim, but thunderstorms closed the pool, so I reluctantly took the afternoon off (which I definitely needed!!)

Saturday:  4 mile warm-up, 4 mile tempo (6:30, 6:33, 6:19, 6:12), 4 mile cool down all on bike path.  95% humidity.  Tempo was hard but got progressively mentally stronger throughout.  I knew I would need something extra, so I ate a citrus Clif energy gel after the tempo (so after 8 miles), and I don’t know if it was a placebo effect, but the last 4 miles felt surprisingly good!  Sore toes.  Ice bath. (Total: 12 miles)

Sunday: 4 miles + core

Total: 54 miles

This week was just weird.  I got sick on Monday and really didn’t feel well for about 5 days total.  Running wasn’t super fun, and I was annoyed that my mileage was lower than I wanted it to be.  Also, I managed to do 3 runs on soft-ish surfaces (yay!) but my legs were still super heavy and the constant, miserable heat and humidity didn’t help…

But I tried to listen to my body, and I’m proud of myself for taking Friday afternoon off (haha I’m aware how ridiculous that sounds).  I finally started to feel not-dead on Friday night.  Saturday’s long run took awhile to get into, and the tempo really did not feel great. So I was going to do 2×2 miles, and then “get to 3 miles and reevaluate”, but I got to 3 miles and felt progressively stronger so ended up doing 4 🙂  And I’m now an energy gel believer haha.

I’ve turned into a hermit that only runs and works.  I know my mindset was kinda crazy this week, so one of the things I’ll work on this coming week is not treating every run/mileage like the be-all, end-all of cross country success.  I have a tendency to micro-analyze every week and compare it to last year, etc. etc. etc.  I do really want to hit higher mileage, but I’m trying to remind myself that consistency is key!  There’s no need to rush things, especially after the spring semester…

One of the things I will try to incorporate this coming week is positive mantras.  Even a short phrase can re-center yourself and remind you of what’s important.  I go to a slow flow yoga class every week, and the instructor’s end-of-class mantra is “You are strong.  You are awesome.  You are inspiring.”  Heck yes, we all are!  Power poses can also play a big role in re-establishing yourself and getting out of a short-term funk.  I sound like such a hippie 😉 but I will incorporate these techniques.

Other random happenings:

  • My baby brother turned 13!
  • I finished reading A Walk Across America and re-read Born to Run and Eat and Run.  I’m a fan of all three books.  Now I’m reading Reconstructing Amelia.

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  • I poached eggs in a muffin tin for the first time.  They were delicious!  Just pop em in the oven for like 10 minutes.
  • Made Spicy Peanut Pad Thai for dinner one night (recipe from runonveg.com).  It was really good!  I used shrimp instead of tofu.  Also didn’t have aminos so used soy sauce, but that made it way too soy-sauce-y, so I had to add a bunch of honey to the sauce, haha.
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National Ice Cream Day concoction in the works.  Hint: involves three types of dough

  • Decompressed every night by eating lots of dessert and binge-watching The Great British Baking Show (until 10 pm because #earlyriserprobs)

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  • My coach shared with us the article, “Mindsets: Developing Talent Through a Growth Mindset” by Carol Dweck.  It was a really good read- I would recommend it to any athletes (or anyone!).  She also had us think about our beliefs about natural talent and effort.
  • I tend to align more with a fixed mindset in terms of “concealing deficiencies” and sometimes have trouble accepting criticism.  However, I have a growth mindset when it comes to Rule #2: “Work with passion and dedication- effort is key.”  Just some personal food for thought.

My goals (running and non-running) this week are to: have fun outside of training because I kind of failed at that this week; be less rigid with training and don’t stress about workouts; do something nice for someone every day; practice listening rather than just waiting until someone is done talking and then jumping in with whatever I have to say; plan more fall semester stuff; read a lot; stay off my phone!

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 😉

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 ❤

Summer training week 11: SIXTY MILES + team trip

Happy Sunday!  I hope the past week has been fabulous.  The past three days have been spent with the team during our annual women’s team trip.  I officially hit 60 miles for the first time, got to see almost my entire team,  didn’t have to work too much, and the Olympics began.  It was a pretty good week 🙂

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Summer 2016 week 11 (8/1-8/7):

Monday: AM: 3 miles, sleep deprived but felt good, upper body strength.  PM: 7 miles, drills, strides.  Total = 10
Tuesday: 20 min w/u, fartlek (1:00-1-2-4-8-4-2-1-1 with half-time recovery) around the Mall/Tidal Basin, 15 min c/d.  Felt pretty tired but got through it and the views were AMAZING.  Total = 10
Wednesday:  5 miles easy
Thursday: AM: 7 miles, drills, strides, upper body strength.  New shoes.  PM: 3 miles.  Total = 10
Friday:  20 min w/u, drills, 24 min pace run/tempo on canal with team, 20 min c/d, core.  Felt really strong and controlled, no idea about pace but mentally one of my best tempos.  LOVE being with the team!!  Total = 9
Saturday:  12 miles canal, felt good, pretty relaxed.  Hike later.
Sunday:  AM: yoga class with team.  PM: 4 miles neighborhoods at home.  Legs felt surprisingly good!

Total:  60 miles + hike

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For the most part, this week was awesome!!  The only run that was “eh” was Tuesday’s workout, but the national Mall was beautiful at 6:45 am, so that made up for it.  Switched to new shoes on Thursday.
Friday’s tempo was great- I started out feeling strong and finished feeling strong, staying mentally in it the whole time.  The team looked great and I’m so excited 🙂 Saturday’s long run felt surprisingly good the day after a workout.  Sunday’s yoga class was very rejuvenating and helpful, and my recovery run was good.  And I have officially hit 60 miles for the first time!!
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It was so much fun being with these ladies after not being together all summer!  We worked out together Friday morning, long ran Saturday, each class was in charge of a brunch/dinner/dessert each day (sophomores totally rocked Saturday brunch!), we went hiking, found cute ice cream shops and farmer’s markets, ate insane quantities of peanut butter (just me?), watched the Olympics and 27 Dresses, and had a campfire with lots of s’mores.

There were a few bumps in the road- what else do you expect when you throw together twenty 18-to-22-year-olds that haven’t seen each other all summer- but for the most part, the trip was incredible.  Also needless to say, the house we were staying in did not smell great towards the end.  I don’t think I’ve ever sweat more in my life.  Less than two weeks until we’re back for good!

 

Summer Training Week 10: HUMIDITY

Hello!  I just wrapped up my tenth week of summer training with 12 miles on the bike path.

Summer 2016 week 10 (7/25-7/31):

Monday: AM: 7 miles, SUPER humid so took it easy and felt good, drills, strides, core.  PM: 3 miles easy treadmill, felt good.
Tuesday: 20 min w/u, drills, 4 x 6:00 w/ 1:30 recovery, 20ish min c/d.  So humid again!  Legs were tired/heavy in the second half but overall pretty good workout.
Wednesday: 60 min stationary bike, felt nauseous/crappy.  Light strength circuit afterwards.
Thursday: AM: 7 miles, felt eh.  PM: 3 miles treadmill, short upper body circuit.
Friday: 2 mi w/u, drills, 24 min tempo on canal, 4 x [:30, :30], 2 mi c/d.  Felt tired but decent during the workout…for some reason, the rest of the day I was a zombie! 2+ hours of naps.
Saturday: 3 miles, abs/yoga
Sunday: 12 miles, felt strong in the second half, big negative split.

Total: 53 miles + 60 min bike
This week was kind of weird…Monday and Tuesday were normal but on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, I felt really out of it on my runs/XT.  Saturday was normal recovery and Sunday’s long run was surprisingly good, especially the second half…got into a groove thanks to a great playlist. 😉  Just felt run-down this week…I think part of it is the extreme heat/humidity and part of it is body imbalances.
Memorable moment: on Monday morning, I walked out of my house at 6:45 am to run and wasn’t sure if I had walked outdoors or into a sauna.  It felt like a hot tub.  This pretty much sums up the whole week weather-wise…
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I bought a box of the new nut-butter-filled Clif bars (coconut almond butter), and they’re so good!

Additionally, I spent three days dog-sitting for my friend, and her house is really close to both Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s…if I lived there, I would have zero money.  But I found the seasonal Siggi’s flavor- strawberry and basil!  It was pretty good, but the basil could be more prevalent.

Also played her piano for awhile…

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During the month of July alone, I ran over 230 miles (not counting cross training and hiking).  I worked over 100 hours.  I ate approximately 30 bowls of oatmeal and 30 bowls of ice cream 😉  Took too many power naps to count.  “Officially” started dating someone.  Read books and played the piano and watched the Olympic Trials.  It’s been a pretty good month.  And the best part is…five days until I see all my teammates, and just THREE WEEKS until I move back to school!!

 

 

Summer Training Week 9: all about the food!

It’s that time of the week again!  (It’s also 100 degrees and the air conditioner is broken, so I’m hibernating in the basement while I write this.)

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Farmer’s market goodness (tomatoes, peaches, kale, arugula, basil, and cranberry walnut goat cheese)

Summer 2016 week 9 (7/18-7/24):

Monday: AM: 7 miles, drills, pull-ups/push-ups/dips, 10 min abs.  PM: 10 min swim when the pool closed because of a thunderstorm.
Tuesday: 20 min warm-up, drills, 6 x [4:00h, 1:30e], 20 min c/d.  Strong workout!  Total = 10 miles
Wednesday: 5 miles, 10 min abs
Thursday: AM: 7 miles, drills, strides, upper body circuit.  Did 8 pull-ups!  PM: 3 miles.
Friday: AM: 2 mile warm-up, drills, 24 min tempo on hilly bike path, 2 mile cool-down.  Strong workout, although downhill pounding on asphalt was unpleasant.  PM: 2 miles treadmill @ 8:15ish pace
Saturday: off, 15-20 min yoga/planks
Sunday: 11 miles.  Hammered the second half a little.

Total: 53 miles + 10 min swim

Overall, this was an excellent week of training.  Monday’s run was really bad, as mentioned in the previous post, but I told myself to get over it and that it wasn’t a big deal.  The rest of the week was pretty great.  My legs felt like they were recovering nicely.

During Sunday’s long run, I ran normally for the first half, but then some guy passed me and then slowed down, so naturally I passed him back!  He stuck on me, so I had to prove I was faster than he was 😉 so I ran fairly faster during the second half and definitely felt it in the last two miles.

For a little non-running victory, during my strength circuit on Thursday, I decided to see how many pull-ups I could do instead of just doing sets of 4 like normal.  I did 8 in a row!!  Last year at this time, I could do zero.  #thankscollegetraining

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Thanks for documenting the moment, bro

Nutrition this week was so good!  I ate intuitively, mostly delicious, wholesome, home-cooked foods, but I also treated myself with ice cream and milkshakes at work whenever I wanted to.  I made an incredible sandwich for part of lunch today:  marinated teriyaki chicken, avocado, cranberry walnut goat cheese, and arugula on a toasted sandwich thin.

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Other goodness: spicy coconut chicken curry one night, fresh homemade blueberry muffins the next day, aesthetically pleasing oatmeal, and really good homemade wraps with Trader Joe’s lavash bread, guacamole, homemade pesto, tomato, and grilled chicken, along with zucchini sauteed in olive oil 🙂

As far as a non-running adventure, we went paddle-boarding again!  It was lovely.

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This week was mostly positive, although I did make a huge mistake at work that I felt so bad about 😦 but overall, a good week of training.

 

 

Summer Training Week 8: 58 miles

Happy National Ice Cream Day!  My shift tonight is going to be crazy.

Okay, I had no idea what summer training week we were on, so I wrote “6” in the title for this post…then I realized it was the end of week 8.  How has it already been 8 weeks of summer training??

Summer 2016 week 8 (7/11-7/17):

Monday: AM: 7 miles bike path, drills, strides, upper body strength.  PM: 3 miles bike path
Tuesday: 20 min hilly w/u, fartlek (7-5-7-5 with 2 min rec), 20 min c/d
Wednesday: 3 miles + small hike
Thursday: AM: 7 miles bike path, drills, strides, upper body strength.  PM: 3 miles treadmill, some planks
Friday: AM: 2 mi w/u, drills, 24 min tempo, 2 mi c/d, ice bath.  PM: 2 mi treadmill, leg lift.
Saturday: 3 miles (went too fast), 15 min yoga, 5 min planks
Sunday: 12 miles bike path

Total: 58 miles + small hike

So I didn’t quite hit 60 this week, but that’s okay!  It’ll come.  On Wednesday, I was really tired and had an 8 am dentist appointment to get cavities filled–I’ve never had cavities before :(( –so I only did 3 miles instead of 5.

Both my workouts started out eh and got progressively better.  Tuesday’s workout was straight downhill for the first half and straight uphill for the second half, but I felt really strong on the last 5-minute section!  And on Friday, I was mentally negative throughout the first half of the tempo, but I realized “I can kick butt on this workout” during the second half.

Saturday’s 3-mile recovery run with a friend was way too fast.  Afterwards, we did yoga and core and went for brunch, and I had my first acai bowl!  Sunday’s 12 miles were done all alone…but oh well.

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Acai bowl!  Source: Yelp 

My youngest brother’s birthday party was yesterday, and my mom and other brother made an amazing cake!  Three layers- chocolate cake, chocolate ice cream, chocolate cake- with vanilla and chocolate buttercream frosting, chocolate shavings, and strawberries.

Not much else to report, went on some outdoorsy adventures and read How to Start a Fire by Lisa Lutz.  It was okay, but I didn’t love it; the characters were sometimes weak, and the ending felt like a rushed cop-out.

Probably going to drop the mileage down this next week!  I talked with my coach about throwing some more cross training in there.

Summer Training Week 6: long run gets longer

Summer 2016 week 6:

Monday: 7 miles Horseshoe Meadows Road at Mount Whitney, drills, strides
Tuesday: 8 miles Movie Road at Mount Whitney.  Slow + tired.  Push-ups + 10 min abs
Wednesday: 6 miles Horseshoe Meadows Road at Mount Whitney
Thursday: 7 miles Santa Clara river trail, drills, strides, 10 min abs
Friday: 3+ mile warm-up, 22 min tempo (6:20-6:30 pace, I think), 3 mile cool down = approx. 10 miles
Saturday: off.  Upper body strength + 10 min abs
Sunday: 12 miles @ 7:35 average

Total: 50 miles, 7 mile hike

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The first three days of this week were spent at Mount Whitney, and my brother and I woke up at 4:45 am every day to drive down the mountain so I could run!  (You rock, bro.)  I was definitely very tired while I was there and spent most of the time that I was not training/hiking/eating taking naps.  I was still tired on Thursday but expected that.

Flew home on Thursday night so I missed that day’s double (I was supposed to hit 53 miles this week).  On Friday, I woke up early for the workout, which surprisingly went okay considering jet lag and travel tiredness.  I had a buddy for the warm-up, cool-down, and 16 minutes of the tempo.  It was definitely a workout rust-buster and a shock to the body, but we got through it!

On Sunday, I met up with a teammate for the first time since school ended, and we had so much to talk about that the first 9-10 miles flew by!  The weather was awesome, too- 65 degrees and cloudy/rainy.  Officially hit 12 miles for my long run for the first time!

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I stopped at the farmers’ market on the way home and picked up some tomatoes, peaches, arugula, garlic and herb goat cheese, and a fresh baguette.  Made crostini for part of my lunch, but while I was at work, my idiot dog ate the rest of the baguette 😦

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French bread, goat cheese, tomato, arugula, and balsamic vinegar

The upcoming week has 56 miles on the schedule, so another increase in mileage.  We’ll see how it goes!  I’m truly enjoying summer training since the weather is behaving, but I know that at some point I need to get used to the heat again…

Summer Training Week 5 + California Travels

(This post was written on the plane yesterday)

Hello from the skies! I’m currently on my way back to the East Coast after a full week of family activities in California. I never wrote my training summary from last week, so here is an update!

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Last week was the first week of my life where I officially ran over 50 miles. It was exhausting, exciting, and…normal.

Summer training week 5: 6/20-6/26

Monday: AM: 6 miles, drills, strides, pull-ups/push-ups/dips. PM: 3 miles, 10 min core
Tuesday: AM: 8 miles. PM: 2 miles treadmill
Wednesday: AM: 6 miles, drills, strides, pull-ups/push-ups/dips. PM: 3 miles
Thursday: flew to CA. 30 min pool + 10 min abs.
Friday: AM: 8 miles. PM: 2 miles treadmill, leg strength
Saturday: 3 miles, 10 min abs
Sunday: 11 miles

Total: 52 miles, 30 min XT

Three cheers for 50+ miles! I switched Wednesday and Thursday so I would be able to get all my mileage in even with the traveling, and three doubles in a row had me fairly exhausted by Thursday.

Thursday ended up being a really long day of wedding rehearsal activities for my aunt’s wedding, and I cut my cross train in half because I was crabby and tired.  We were awake for 21 hours!

I had a workout on my schedule on Friday, but I texted my coach about the tiredness and jet lag and sleep deprivation, and she told me not to worry about it. Friday morning’s 8 miles actually ended up feeling great, so I suppose I could’ve done the workout 😉 Oh, well.

The wedding was on Saturday was fun.  Everyone got to catch up with family and friends they hadn’t seen in years.

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The first half of Sunday’s long run was bad, but once I reached the halfway point, things improved.  It took awhile to warm up mentally.

On Sunday afternoon, we headed up to Mount Whitney for three days of altitude, camping, hiking, relaxing, and (for me) running. I’ll recap the running in this week’s training post, but for now- my brother and I woke up at 4:45 am every day to head down the mountain so I could run while he drove behind me.

On Monday, I went for a solo hike up to Lone Pine Lake and back, and the solitude and views were amazing.

The adventure day snacks:

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Trader Joe’s teriyaki beef jerky, almond coconut KIND bar (new favorite!), apple slices, almonds, animal crackers, dried mango, and dried apricots

I made it up to the lake in 74 minutes (in years past, it’s taken us as long as 3 hours) and down in 68, and you know I bragged about it to my family when I got back to the campground 😉 We’re nothing if not competitive.

On Tuesday, I took a break from hiking after my morning run and just hung out in the hammock, napped, ate snacks, and enjoyed an easy summer read. The same on Wednesday- we got back up to the campground after the run by 6:30 am, and after breakfast, I crawled back into the tent and slept from 8-10 am!

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As far as nutrition goes these past two weeks, it’s been up and down. The first few days in California were full of wedding festivities that involved going out to eat for every freakin’ meal, which was inevitably unenjoyable. (Is that a word?) Sausage and cheese pasta and oily chicken and capers for the rehearsal dinner, barbecue at the wedding, Chipotle, In’n’out Burger, lots of wedding cake 😉 and breakfast at restaurants every day does not a happy runner make. Or at least this runner. I do enjoy indulgences to some extent, but at some point you just get sick of it!

On the other hand, while we were at Mount Whitney, I ate a lot, but that was necessary to fuel the high amount of physical activity. The whole day was shifted back: wake up at 4:45, post-run breakfast at 6:30, snacks throughout the day, early lunch, dinner at 5:30, bed at 8:30 or 9 pm…the food was good, though. My step grandmother cooked the most amazing dinners at the campsite.

I definitely enjoyed the luxury of a shower and being able to cook a giant bowl of vanilla/cinnamon egg white oats this morning.

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So that brings us up to now. This week has 53 miles on the schedule, but I’ve had to change around my training a bit to accommodate the traveling and being in the mountains, so I think I’m going to be a little short, which is fine. Tomorrow is my first workout, which will be interesting with the jet lag and the fact that we’re not getting back till midnight! Sunday will be my first 12-miler ever.