Happy Sunday! This week has been quite tiring. All the first week of school activities, hard workouts, not-stellar sleep, getting used to traveling back and forth from my apartment, lots of rain, spontaneous concerts, lots of driving…etc. But overall, it was quite fun!
After a minor glute strain, my coach decided it wasn’t worth it for me to race the 2-mile opener, so I drove the unattached freshmen up yesterday and did a slightly short long run in the rain at the venue. Today, I ran 3 miles in the morning, made breakfast, studied and had lunch on campus, did some meal prep and laundry, took a nap, and hit up Aldi for a miniature grocery haul (because I already have most of the food I need).
Week of 8/28-9/3:
Monday: AM: compliance meeting, 5 slow miles in which I managed not to puke! PM: pose drills, speed ladder + hurdle drills, 4 miles, strides, rope stretch, plank circuit.
Tuesday: AM: 2 mile warm-up, drills, strides, 5 mile tempo (6:08, 5:54, 6:11, 6:21, 6:13), 2 mile cool down. Rope stretch, foam roll, pull-ups/core, ice bath. PM: 2 miles @ 8:00 on treadmill
Wednesday: PM: 6 miles. Didn’t feel amazing. Right hamstring is really tight.
Thursday: 18 min w/u, drills, strides, 6 x [4:00h, 2:00e], 18 min c/d. Went well- really pushed myself, but hamstring is still tight/sore. NormaTec + ice bath. Walked a lot today
Friday: Felt destroyed so took AM off. 6 miles in PM. Tweaked my glute/hip so no strides.
Saturday: Coach decided not to race me. 11 miles at race location.
Sunday: 3 miles + core
Total: 55-56 miles
This week was hard! Both workouts felt significantly more intense than what I had been doing throughout the summer. My coach has thrown me into the longest, fastest workout group (we’ve got some super speedy freshmen, but they can’t yet handle the distance/intensity yet, which is fine!) and that shit is hard. So my runs on Wednesday and Friday were both kinda awful…
Wednesday was the first day of classes! This semester, I’m taking five business classes for my business major and one Spanish class for my Hispanic Studies major. After three business classes on Wednesday, I ran with some teammates and went to Convocation, then we had an ice cream social. It was lots of fun 🙂 I’ve still been freaking out about the fact that I have no idea what I want to do with my life, career-wise.
I have no Friday classes for the second semester in a row- three day weekend, heck yes! We’ve also switched workouts to Thursday morning, so I don’t have to spend all day Friday thinking about the afternoon workout. #Blessed.
So far, the classes that seem really cool are Entrepreneurial Ventures and Business Perspective and Application. Mostly because they’ve introduced topics and ideas that I had never considered before! My Spanish class is essentially the study of Spanish feminist pornography, sooo that will be interesting and uncomfortable 😉
On Thursday night, I found out about a concert that was happening at our amphitheater, so a couple of my friends and I spent the evening enjoying patriotic orchestral tunes along with the entire elderly population of Williamsburg! It was #lit.
Unfortunately, I woke up on Friday with pretty severe hip flexor/glute pain. I skipped my double and went to the training room to get it checked out, and the trainer said I had a minor glute med strain. I think it was from Thursday’s workout because we ran around in circles on a wet, slightly uneven grass field. My coach decided I shouldn’t risk making it worse in a race that wasn’t that important, so my return to in-uniform racing has been pushed back a couple more weeks 😦 That’s okay! Better to be safe than sorry.
On Saturday morning, I got up early to drive some of the freshmen to the race venue. They all raced unattached, so they weren’t allowed to ride in the team vans. It took about an hour to get there, and it was raining and a bit miserable…perfect race weather 😉 A couple other non-racers and I did a long run (I just ran 11 miles), and my glute felt passable, but not pain-free.
After watching the races (they crushed it!) and a team cookout, we made a pit stop at Wawa for gas and coffee before hitting the road again. I was dangerously drowsy while driving, but we screamed along to some Enrique Iglesias and Nicky Jam in order to stay awake. By the time I got back to my apartment (around 3 pm), I crashed hella hard. Revived later in the day to make the best chicken dinner ever (will post recipe later) and a cookie skillet, which is already gone 😉
Overall, this week had its ups and downs! I know I’m fit, and I’m itching to race (in uniform! It’s been 10 months!). I just need to be patient. There were also some days where my body felt really out of whack, so gotta stay diligent about the balance between recovery and hard work.
Welcome to junior year!!