Training Log 11/12-11/18 (27.75 miles + grad school!)

Happy Sunday!  Tonight is our annual Team Thanksgiving.  As seniors, we are in charge of the turkeys, but most of the seniors are not going to make that effort.  So my friend and I cooked a turkey (from frozen) yesterday, and it was a smashing success.  I made cranberry sauce and chocolate mousse, and we are cooking a second turkey (with stuffing) today.  I have never felt so adult in my entire life.

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Week of 11/12-11/18

  • Monday: (4.5) 2 laps, Eldoa, activation, 4 easy miles, 20 min bike, hurdle drills + lower leg exercises, band exercises, core, barefoot cool down.  PM: 30 min bike.

  • Tuesday: (8) 2 laps, Eldoa, activation, 7.5ish mile hilly workout, (15 min progressive warm-up, 2x (3×2’[1’])[4’], 15 min cool down, lift, death by Eldoa at lift.  PM: 30 min NormaTec.

  • Wednesday: bonus day: 10 min bike + 0.5 mile “sprint” to my car lol. I would’ve cross trained for an hour if my car hadn’t broken down.

  • Thursday: (7.5) AM: 2 laps, Eldoa, activation, 40 min run; 4 x rhythm 200s (38-39); 1 mile cool down.  Lift. PM: 30 min bike

  • Friday: (7.25) warm-up, Eldoa, activation, 10 min easy run, Mona fartlek in CW, 18 min cool down back to my apartment.

  • Saturday: 55 min swim (35 free, 20 medley)

  • Sunday: Eldoa, activation, 100 min XT (75 min bike, 25 min aqua jog

Total: 27.75 miles + XT

This week went well until Friday- after a workout involving lots of sidewalk pounding, my foot started hurting in the stress fracture area and got worse throughout the afternoon.  I’ve cross trained the last two days and will continue until it feels better, which is mildly annoying but I want to be smart!

Tuesday’s workout was pretty hard!  We did it on a hilly road, and my legs hadn’t moved that fast in awhile.  On Wednesday, my car broke down, and AAA showed up 10 minutes into my bike, so I ended up taking a bonus day.  My car was on the third floor of the parking garage, and the tow truck couldn’t fit through, so it was quite an adventure getting the car down to the bottom.  The guy ended up putting it in neutral and pushing it/coasting all the way to the bottom with no power steering.  Amazing.

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Thursday’s rhythm 200s felt surprisingly good.  I woke up on Friday feeling like I’d gotten hit by a train, so I’m proud of how I got out there and got a good effort in.  The Mona fartlek (aka Moneghetti fartlek) is a great effort because, while not that long, you don’t get a lot of recovery.  All I wanted to do during the shorter intervals was extend the rest, but I didn’t!

I was hoping to hit in the mid-30s for mileage this week, but that’s okay.  Hopefully my foot flare-up clears up soon!  I’m SO excited for Thanksgiving.

In other news, I applied and was accepted into the Master of Accounting program!!! So I will be staying a fifth year (because I haven’t done enough beating up my body, apparently…)

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One of my future roommates!

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Fall Frenzy

Happy Sunday afternoon!  Yes, I’m still alive!  It’s a beautiful day in the ‘Burg, and I’m gearing up for another week of classes and training.  I realized that I had gone yet another month and a half without writing a blog post, so I am using this time to procrastinate slightly on a Spanish paper.

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In my last post, I still hadn’t been cleared to run.  I’m happy to report that the MRI follow-up appointment went very well; the imaging showed no remaining fractures, just some edema around the second and third metatarsals, as well as a “mild hallux valgus.” Which was their nice way of saying I have a massive, ugly bunion 😉

So with that, I started running again.  I walk-jogged for three weeks, starting with 2-minute jogging intervals and working up to 5-minute jogs.  Aside from nerve pain, my foot stayed together.  So on September 27, I went for my first run! It was a glorious 20 minutes with my teammates.

Since then, I’ve been running about three times a week.  I’m still cross training almost every day.  I’m up to six-mile runs, although I actually tweaked my hamstring doing strides the other day so took today off to let things calm down.  I am trying to be extremely smart about this whole comeback thing.  Since there’s literally a 0% chance of coming back for this cross country season, I have all the time in the world enough time to get race-ready.  No sense trying to rush anything, especially with how long I was out!  In this sport, it is absolutely crucial to love the process.

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This is still frequently my view.

In other life news:

Classes were cancelled and campus was evacuated in mid-September because of Hurricane Florence, so I went home for five days!  And thanks to recruiting season, I’ve been home twice more this semester for job interviews in the Northern Virginia area.  It’s very strange.  I’ve never gone home this much (or done this much driving) during a semester.

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Lots of job interviews, career fairs, etc. etc. etc.  I’m sort of figuring out this whole “life” thing, although I’m not ready to leave yet 😉 More on that in a month or so!

Some friends went to Guatemala for a class trip, so we made them Guatemala-themed cupcakes.  Because of course we did.

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My roommate got a kitten!

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Shocking literally everyone on the planet, we actually WON our homecoming game.  It was great to see some of my favorite recent alumni.

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The annual Oyster Roast is always a good time- hot apple cider, a vat of chili, oysters, the Virginia Reel, flannels, a bonfire…amazing 🙂  This was our last one of undergrad!

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I tried Korean BBQ for the first time!  My brother, dad, and I went to Kogiya in Annandale, and it was pretty awesome.

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As part of Homecoming weekend, the school treated the senior class to dinner and drinks.  We are old!  I also apparently only wear a sweater/vest/running tights/boots when it gets cold out.

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Senior year is quite a time.  Classes are hard, I am really happy to be running again, and I am also really excited about the future.  Friendships are changing, priorities are changing, and all this just makes me more thankful for a loving family, caring friends, a strong undergraduate program of study, and the opportunities that are out there.

My coach says that I can start workouts around Thanksgiving, which is not too far away!  For now, I’ll just keep building mileage and enjoying the process (well, first rehab the hammy), getting #toostrong in the weight room and via cross training, and not lose sight of the long-term goal.

 

Training Week of 10/2-8 (58 miles)

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone’s week is off to a great start.  I got up early this morning, per usual, and ran 6 miles before dawn.  My friend joined me for 4 of them.  The weather was unseasonably warm, humid, and somewhat oppressive today…lovely.

Somehow, I got to my 8 am business analytics much earlier than I normally do.  Miracles do happen!  Of course, I was ready for lunch by 9:30 am and spent the day being a bottomless pit.  After afternoon practice, I made a really good vegetarian dinner with a bucketload of homemade Thai peanut sauce 😀

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Anyway, last week’s training was meaty but went well!  I took an off day yesterday and am excited to travel up north with the team for our first 6k of the season later this week.

Week of 10/2-10/8:

  • Monday: AM: 6 miles, felt pretty fresh!  PM: form drills, speed ladder, hurdle drills, 4 miles, 3 x “X” strides, planks/push-ups, rope stretch, foam roll.  Total: 10 miles.
  • Tuesday: AM: 18 min w/u, drills, strides, 2 x 1000 retro w/ 90s rec (3:37, 3:36), 2 x 1000 w/ 2 min rec (3:29, 3:26), 2 x 800 retro w/ 3 min rec (2:39, 2:37), 2 x 1000 w/ 90s rec (3:36, 3:37), 13 min c/d.  Lower body lift + ice bath.  Went hard on the front squats!  PM: 2 miles + NormaTecs.  Total: 11 miles.
  • Wednesday: early AM: 6 miles.  Very sore from lift; some bunion/foot pain but probably because shoes are old.  PM: core + foam roll.
  • Thursday: 18 min w/u, drills, strides, 3ish mile tempo with first 90s hard (17:30), run back to track, 4×400 w/ 90s rec (75, 75, 74, 71), 20 min c/d.  Upper body lift in weight room.  Ice bath.  Total: 10 miles.
  • Friday: AM: 6 miles.  PM: form drills, speed/hurdle drills, 4 miles easy, 6 strides, planks/push-ups.  Total: 10 miles of running…many miles of walking. #Ouch.  Started wearing new shoes and what do you know- like 75% of my bunion pain disappeared!
  • Saturday: Long run workout.  2 mile w/u, 5 x 6:00h, 3:00e, 4 x :30h, :30e, 20 min c/d.  Total = 11 miles.  Started off feeling “eh” but felt progressively stronger throughout the workout!
  • Sunday: Off. Some core/yoga.
Total: 58 miles.
This week was another off week from racing, so our coach piled on the quality.  With three workouts this week, the majority of the team was feeling pretty beat up by Saturday.  Surprisingly, all three workouts went pretty well for me!  I was very pleased with Tuesday’s splits, especially the 800s (which hurt a lot).  The cruise 1000s were nothing crazy, and it was weird but nice to go back to cruise pace at the end of the workout, after killing our legs with some speedy 8s.  Thursday’s tempo and 400s were all quite fast!  Some of us went to Kilwins on Thursday  night to treat ourselves 🙂
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I was pretty tired on Friday but took the afternoon run easy, which was nice.  We went to Busch Gardens after practice, and we ended up walking and running over six miles, after a full day of training and right before our long run workout the next morning.  NOT the brightest decision 😉 But it was a blast!  We rode the rollercoasters, ate churros, and experienced the creepy Howl’O’Scream corn mazes and haunted houses.
We also attempted to dab for one of the rollercoaster photos…I hate us 😉
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 The first half or so of Saturday’s long run workout felt terrible, but I felt progressively stronger (both mentally and physically) as it continued!  We returned to campus and got ready for team pictures!  After that, I spent the afternoon catching up with one of my good friends and going on a ferry/pumpkin patch adventure.
 My friend and I attempted to work on our database assignment for business analytics on Saturday night, but we were both exhausted and confused, so it did not go well.  On Sunday, I reset, worked on the assignment, grocery shopped and meal prepped, watched a movie for my Spanish class, and did some more work after dinner.  And now it’s a new week!
To be honest, our team hasn’t had the smoothest season so far.  Our lineup looks completely different than it was expected to look, but that is okay!  The different group dynamics have been really positive, and it’s exciting to see people progress and step up when others are having a hard time.  I’m excited to see how everyone does this weekend at Penn State.  Going to bed now to prepare for our workout tomorrow morning!

Intervals and Fall Festivities

Good morning!  I hope everyone is having a great Sunday.  After a few weeks of nice, cool weather, the temperatures rocketed back up to the 80s throughout the past week, which was less than ideal.  Luckily, they’re trending back down, and it is currently 56 degrees and sunny in the ‘burg.  I’m currently hanging in my favorite coffee shop, and I thought I’d take a break from reviewing for my Gender in Society midterm to catch up on what I’ve been up to.

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On Friday afternoon, we worked out on the track…but it was probably the worst workout day we have had as a team this season.  Almost everyone struggled- some had breathing issues, some didn’t feel well, etc.

The workout: 7 x 1000 with the first two close to threshold pace, the next two a bit faster, the fifth one “controlled all-out”, and the last two a bit slower.  We also ran 2 very controlled 200s (38-40 seconds) before starting the 1000s.

I hit 3:31, 3:36, 3:36, and my peroneals were burning up a storm.  So I ran the fourth one clockwise in lane 3 alone…didn’t help.  It was my slowest.  I think I ran above 3:40.  No good.  I was pissed off that the workout wasn’t going to plan, so I reset mentally and got ready for the “controlled all-out” portion.  Focused on quick turnover and ran 3:26- hey, at least it was faster than the others!  I hit 3:36 and 3:33 for my last two to at least finish off the workout strong.

The positive news- I’d never done 7 x 1000 in my life, so even though the first half of the workout sucked, I was proud that I rallied in the second half, even if the paces weren’t quite there!

The past 36 hours have been jam-packed with amazingly cliché fall activities 🙂  To decompress after the workout, I cooked an amazing dinner alone in the dorm kitchen.  Pan-seared steak, sauteed spinach, brussels sprouts, and sweet potatoes, all with olive oil, pepper, and garlic salt.  Afterwards, I went to my friends’ apartment and made some gigantic homemade chocolate peanut butter cups while we watched “How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days.”

Saturday’s long run was quite rough, as I felt nauseous and cut it short at 10 miles.  Afterwards, though, one of my friends and I had a spontaneously lovely morning of brunch, the farmer’s market, and peanut shop samples 🙂

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The afternoon was spent on the ferry and at the pumpkin patch, and some of us went out to dinner to celebrate my friend’s 21st birthday!

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I should probably continue to study for my midterm, so that’s all for now.  I’m taking a complete off day today as I already hit about 55 miles for the week and should probably not go higher than that.  The conference race is this coming Saturday already!  Yesterday was chock-full of indulgences (pumpkin pie, cappuccinos, bacon, molten chocolate lava cake!), so it’s back on the healthy train until Saturday at least 😉

It’s been a great weekend with lovely friends, a bit of drama, beautiful weather, sweaters, and fall fun.

Snap out of it! and a PR

I was in this weird mental and physical funk for about three days this week.  Mentally, I felt annoyed and depressed.  Physically, my workouts felt more taxing than usual and my easy run on Thursday felt impossible and shitty.

Leading up to the two mile yesterday, I was not excited at all.  I kept thinking, “My legs feel like crap and I’m just not in the same shape I was at the end of indoor.”  I couldn’t seem to snap out of the funk.

My teammate and I warmed up, and our coach told us that we were seeded 1 and 2.  That was a little exciting for me, actually, but not so much for my teammate (who’s faster than me).  She wanted to get the 11-minute mark, but obviously I can’t help her with that 😉

Our coach told me that my goal was to go for the state auto, which was only two seconds faster than my PR, but I still didn’t think I could do it.  Snap out of it!!!

We lined up at the starting line, and the gun went off.  Our first lap flew by (80), and our second lap slowed wayyy down (87), but after that, we fell into the rhythm and started ticking off laps.  85, 85, 85.  Some beeyotch freshman tried to elbow me out of my lane during lap 3 (!!!) but she soon fell back.  We passed the mile mark in 5:41, slower than my teammate wanted to go through, but perfect for me.

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The last two and a half laps felt like death- I’d forgotten how bad two miles hurt.  Coming through with one lap to go (10:01) I honestly wanted to quit, but I kept thinking how furious I’d be if I just missed the state auto time.  Coming around to the home stretch, I did not let myself slow down as I sprinted down the straightaway  and finished in 11:22, a PR by six seconds and a state auto! My teammate got first by about three seconds, and I got second!

As I crossed the finish line, I promptly tripped over my own spike and landed on the turf.  Spectators might’ve thought I collapsed because I ran to the point where I couldn’t stand up anymore, but nope… I’m just a klutz. 😉

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Crossing the finish line ecstatic…

And then tripping...

And then tripping… and hitting my teammate…

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[She’s] going downnnn… I’m yelling timber

I’m very happy that I’m going into spring break on this note instead of still in a funk.  I’m hoping for another week and a half of solid training, along with eating lots of good food. 🙂

T-6 days until I’m licensed!!!!!

I made a list of all the school-related things and other stuff I have to do over spring break and almost started crying.  There’s so much to do…ahhhh!  Sometimes I wonder why I ever signed up for full IB.