The past week has been very eventful! After an exhausting last week of work and running, I went to see Lifehouse, Switchfoot, and Brynn Elliott last Sunday with one of my best friends. The concert was amazing…but we didn’t get home until midnight, and I’ve never felt less recovered after a recovery day. 😅 So I struggled through a morning run on Monday, skipped my double, and prayed that I’d feel better for our team training trip! This week was sort of a down week- I still ran 54 miles… Isn’t it funny how our perspectives change based on where we’re at in training?
This morning, I went to a yoga class before heading to my favorite farmer’s market for the last time before I go back to school. I swear, the people at this farmer’s market are the nicest, most compassionate people in the world. Every time I go there, it restores my faith in humanity 🙂
Week 13 (8/14-8/20):
Monday: AM: 7 miles on bike path. STRUGGLE- body is so tired. Glute activation + push-ups. PM: skipped my double, light core.
Tuesday: Mosquito-infested workout with teammates on island soft surface: 20 min w/u, drills, 12-7-7 with 3 min recovery, 3 mile c/d. Total = 11 miles. Went really well! I felt very strong mentally and physically.
Wednesday: 5 miles with teammates easy + core. New shoes. PM: eventful ocean swim with my freshman teammates in which we got caught in the riptide/current for awhile…
Thursday: AM: 7 miles with teammates, drills, strides, strength (push-ups, lunges, roller abs, etc.) Lighthouse climb! PM: 3 miles with teammates.
Friday: Early workout with freshman teammate. 20 min w/u, drills, 7 x [3:00h, 1:00e], 20 min c/d. Felt ok, not amazing. Fewer mosquitoes! Total: 9 miles.
Saturday: 13 miles on bike path. Listened to podcast about accents. Pretty humid/hot. Took an energy gel at mile 9 and hammered the last 20 minutes. Overall good run! Trail was very crowded.
Sunday: off. Vinyasa yoga class.
Total: 54 miles + 1 hour yoga class
Not the most interesting training week, but the concert and training trip were an absolute blast. When Lifehouse played “You and Me” and “Hanging by a Moment” one right after the other, my friend and I almost cried. We also got to meet Brynn Elliott after the show- she was incredibly affable and enthusiastic, and she’s only a year older than us!
The training trip got off to an interesting start with a mosquito-infested workout on Tuesday morning. Apparently, it was the worst mosquito day some of the locals could remember! A few of the girls looked like they had contracted a bad case of chickenpox. Throughout the trip, we worked out together, went to the beach, climbed a lighthouse, ate immense amounts of ice cream every night, explored the island, saw wild ponies, had dance parties and ridiculous late-night talks, drank lots of coffee and took lots of pictures. I am so happy this trip turned out as well as it did 🙂
None of our seniors or fifth years came on the training trip, so the junior class (read: my class!) was unexpectedly thrust into leadership roles that we didn’t expect to have until next year. One of my classmates organized the majority of the trip, and some of us took on the task of talking to the freshmen about team rules, team dynamic, goals, expectations, how each practice works, and college in general. Everyone worked together really well with the cleaning, cooking, and carpooling.
One of the freshmen and I ended up swimming far out into the ocean- farther than I had ever swum- which was exhilarating! Until we got caught in a riptide/current that pulled us farther and farther out into the water. There’s nothing like the feeling of being pulled backwards as you attempt to swim forwards. This particular freshman and I are both pretty fearless, but even so, I felt a bit of apprehension as we made ZERO progress getting back to shore! We eventually made it back by swimming with the waves and letting the current pull us around in a giant circle. Phew!
This trip was really good for my mental health and balance as well. Reuniting with my teammates reminded me that all the hard work throughout the summer is done for a reason and reinvigorated me for the upcoming cross country season. Also, a lot of last year’s top seven is in our senior/fifth year class, which meant that I was one of the faster and higher mileage runners on this trip. Along with my fellow juniors and high mileage runners, I ended up leading workouts, runs, and conversations about college running for the freshmen. It was surreal!
Since the juniors were the leaders on this trip, I really wanted to be a good role model for the underclassmen. So this trip had the awesome effect of breaking unofficial routines and rules that I had gotten stuck in throughout the summer. I just went with the flow. Ice cream every night? Absolutely yes. Meals at weird times? Waiting until 8 am to run- something that I hadn’t done all summer? Staying up later than I had been comfortable with? Relaxing in the afternoon? I tried to say yes to everything. Also tried to lead by example- post-workout recovery snack, rope stretching, foam rolling, treating myself, not hammering maintenance runs, and striking that tricky balance of relaxation and dedication to training. I hope we (the juniors) did a good job. The underclassmen reassured us that we did great, which was so gratifying 🙂
One of the highlights from this morning was at the farmer’s market. As I mentioned before, the people there are the nicest ever. I stopped at one of the bread stands and made small talk with the woman who works there- we sort of know each other because the store where I work is very close with the farmers and small businesspeople from the market. We talked about me going back to school, and when I tried to buy a lemon bite from her, she gave it to me for free and said, “save it for college”! This happens all the time. Do you see why I love it there??
I also just adore the farmer’s market because you can find the most unique food items there. Moroccan spiced carrot hummus? Okra? Dirt-cheap apples, peaches, and tomatoes? Agave lime gazpacho?? I’ll probably miss it more than my home, to be honest…(mostly kidding).
I’m going back to school and moving into my apartment later this week, so the next few days will be filled with planning, packing, (running) and convincing myself that I’ll be okay living 1.5 miles from campus without a car. 😉 I can’t believe summer is almost over!