Last two training weeks (57 miles, 53 miles + 60 min swim)

Happy first day of October!  It finally feels like fall here, although I wouldn’t know because I’ve been in the library most of the day.  Our first finance midterm tomorrow is supposed to be a killer.  However, the past hour has been spent on FloTrack and tfrrs rather than Blackboard, so I think my productivity is shot.  Guess I should write a blog post 😉  Sorry I skipped last week’s training recap!


Throwback to last week’s race

Week of 9/18-9/24:

  • Monday: AM: 5 miles.  PM: form drills, speed ladder, hurdles, 5 miles, felt tired, 4 x strides, planks/push-ups, rope stretch.  Leg still hurts.  Very hot!  Total: 10 miles.
  • Tuesday: AM: 18 min warm-up, drills, strides, 4 x 2k on the track with 1:30-2:00 recovery (7:30, 7:25, 7:22, 7:18). 21 min cool down.  Lift in weight room. Ice bath.  PM: NormaTec.  Total: 10 miles.
    Wednesday: 6 miles
  • Thursday: AM: 30 min run, drills, 800 @ 2:57, 2×400-200-200 with 200 jog recovery (79, 39, 37, 78, 38, 36), 15 min cool down.  Upper body lift in weight room.  Cold ice bath!  PM: 2 miles + NormaTec.  Total: 10 miles.
  • Friday: 5 mile pre-meet @ Panorama Farms, drills, strides, rope stretch.  Very hot.
  • Saturday: early AM: 10 min shakeout, rope stretch.  Later: rope stretch, 18 min warm-up, drills, strides, hilly 5k race (18:18), 40 min cool down.  Total: 12 miles.
  • Sunday: 4 miles + 10 min core.  First part was rough.

Total: 57 miles.


Week of 9/25-10/1:

  • Monday: AM: 6 miles, in the zone!  Bunion pain. PM: form drills, hurdle drills, speed ladder, 4 miles trails, 4 x 150m strides, planks/push-ups, rope stretch.  Total: 10 miles.
  • Tuesday: AM: 2 mile warm-up, drills, 10 min tempo, 4 x 4:00h, 2:00e, 2 x 2:00h, 1:00e, 2 x “X” strides, 2 mile cool down.  Light lift in weight room.  Ice bath. Light core.  PM: 2 miles + NormaTec.  Bunion pain.
  • Wednesday: 60 min swim.  PM: Massage (calves and hamstrings)
  • Thursday: 2 mile warm-up, drills, 3 x 1.5 mile hill circuit, 1 x 400 hill, 2 x short grass hill, 2 mile cool down.  Light lift in weight room + NormaTec.  Ok at beginning, dead/nauseous at end.  Ugh.  Total: 9 miles.  PM: off.
  • Friday: AM: 6 miles.  Felt pretty good.  PM: form drills, 4 miles, 6 x strides, core/push-ups, yoga.  Felt crappy, progressively worse throughout night.
  • Saturday: 12 miles.  Felt awful before, ok during, and awful after.
  • Sunday: off

Total: 53 miles + 60 min swim

The week before last was a solid week of training; this week, not so much!  Monday and Tuesday went well.  We packed up well during Tuesday’s workout, even with some tension and trouble with one-stepping…

On Wednesday, my coach recommended (aka ordered) that I get my butt in the pool because of recent bunion pain.  So I did.  60 minutes of swimming for the first time in months!  Unfortunately, I started to feel sick on Wednesday night after massage, which has persisted throughout the rest of this week.  I felt nauseous and weak during the latter half of Thursday’s hill workout, Friday’s afternoon practice, and Saturday’s long run.  This did not prevent me from consuming a pint of ice cream and jabbering with some of my freshman teammates on Thursday night.



Also, I’m hella stubborn and ran 12 miles yesterday because coach said “give yourself a range of 8-12 miles since you don’t feel well.”  She was a little annoyed at me for running 12…

After the long run, my roommate and I went to the farmers’ market and saw the cutest dogs.


I then went to Trader Joe’s to do some grocery shopping for the week.  The beginning of the month always makes me feel falsely richer than I am (I am a very broke college student) because my parents help me out with rent.  So yesterday I was a little less thrifty than I usually am.  Which means I splurged on $3 butternut squash soup and bought pre-cooked chicken instead of raw.


Later that evening, we threw a birthday party for one of my teammates!  Another friend made the most amazing ice cream cake: a cookie layer, vanilla ice cream, a brownie layer, fudge and peanut butter ice cream, and peanut butter swirled on top.  After hours of laughter and dancing, I died out at 10 pm but hit a second wind once everyone else left and spent the next hour and a half dancing with my closest friends.  It was a blast.


Anyway, today is a mandatory off day for me 😅  I managed to stay in bed until 8 am (that never happens!) and then made breakfast, meal prepped, and jetted off to the library, where I’ve been studying for finance since 11 am.  Jk.  I’ve been in the library since 11 am, but I took numerous breaks.  Took an hour-long break at 3 to go get gas and Siggi’s yogurt at Harris Teeter (yes, I’m laughing at myself, too).  But thanks to a sale and coupon, I got TEN SIGGI’S FOR $7.50.  UNHEARD OF.

This past week of training wasn’t ideal, but I’m hoping that things will turn around in the coming week.  In addition to feeling physically ill, I’ve had some crazy thoughts and emotions throughout the past week, which has been annoying.  My team is experiencing the classic mid-season “everyone is falling apart” syndrome right now, so we’ve just got to keep ourselves together (literally and figuratively).

My goals for the coming week:

  • Be a supportive teammate.  Practice active listening (which we’re talking about in my business perspectives class, and it’s SO USEFUL).
  • Take the crappy days in stride (if they occur).  Pick something positive out of every workout/lift/day, even if you don’t feel incredible.
  • Live in the present.  I get really anal about classes and timing and the past and the future forget to enjoy the moment.  The present is a great place to be!
  • Do not mindlessly check Snapchat, Instagram, or Facebook when you’re bored or uncomfortable.
  • Remember how much form drills, strides, and strength help running!  
  • Listen to your body and don’t overload training on Tuesday because it never ends well (you would think I would have learned that by now…)

Talk to you all later!


Hump Day/Tempo Tuesday Recap

Happy Hump Day!  It’s been a long day.  This morning, my body once again decided that it didn’t need sleep.  I woke up at 4 am, again at 5 am, and then dozed until 6:20 when I decided to get my run in before my 8 am.


I had class from 8 to 2, so I ate breakfast during our 8 am Business Analytics pressure cooker.  I’m sure my group members appreciated the weird beet-pink Picky Oats 😉  After class, I cancelled my training room appointment (lol) and spent four hours outside in the glorious weather, napping and getting some work done.  Went to the dining hall for dinner, hung out with the guy’s team while they did stupid reckless things as college guys tend to do, finished tomorrow’s Spanish presentation, and am now eating chocolate peanut butter ice cream before bed ❤


Anyway, I wanted to recap yesterday morning’s workout!  It went much better than last Tuesday’s fiasco.  We warmed up for a little over two miles, did drills and strides, and then got instructions from our coach.  Our workout was 4 x 2000m on the track with 1:30 recovery between the first 3 and 2:00 before the last one.  My group (of about six) was supposed to start at 90 seconds per lap (6:00 mile pace).

We ran the first 2k retro (backwards on the track), the second one the right way, the 3rd retro, and the 4th the right way.  Our 2k splits ended up being 7:30, 7:25, 7:22, 7:18.  (For reference, the mile splits within the 2ks were 6:00, 5:57, 5:54, 5:51.)  The first 2k was perfectly paced, thanks to my teammate who is actually a metronome.  We split 1:30, 3:00, 4:30, 6:00, 7:30. IMG_8685.jpg

A 2k is a long interval, and 20 laps of work on the track was a little daunting!  But we got halfway through, our group was packed up and working together well, and it became more doable.  Everything felt controlled until the last 600ish of the last 2k.  That’s when I thought, “All right, this is definitely ‘balls to the wall’.”

Afterwards, we cooled down for about 20 minutes, refueled and rope stretched and headed to lift in the weight room.  My soleus had been bothering me, so I went to the training room after lift to get it worked on.  The scraping and active release hurt so badly, but it also helped so much!  I had to laugh afterwards when the trainer who bludgeoned my soleus said, “I hope we can still be friends.”


Post-workout steak dinner…heck yes

Overall, the track workout went really well.  I’m excited to recover, rehydrate, fuel up (with ice cream, oops), and get ready for the race this weekend.  I don’t want to jinx anything, but I think I can have a strong performance, and it would be great to redeem myself from last year!


Update: good weather, writing, bunion surgery?, cross training

Happy Friday Eve!  No Friday classes mean it’s the weekend for me 🙂  Although I still have to shake out, meet with a professor, work on a group project, go to the training room, and do a workout in the afternoon.  But still- no classes!


Today’s veggie-packed, dorm-cooked lunch while I hibernated from the non-existent thunderstorm

We were supposed to get hit with a massive thunderstorm this morning, so our coach cancelled 7 am practice.  However, some of us don’t know how to sleep in…


Running update: I ended up taking three days off from running after the 3k race.  I aqua jogged for an hour on Friday, cross trained for ONE HUNDRED AND TEN MINUTES on Saturday (RIP), and recovered with a 30 minute bike on Sunday.  Total training last week included 26 miles and 245 minutes of cross training.


The past four days have been a mix of running and cross training, but I have managed to run every day this week so far!

The weekend was really fun, and I had a great time celebrating our seniors and the conclusion of our home invitational weekend with the team!

On Monday, I met with a podiatrist to discuss my options.  At this point, I’m seriously considering the possibility of bunion surgery.  Unfortunately, my bunions have formed in a way that requires the most intensive bunionectomy procedure, which would involve roughly six weeks completely off and then months and months of cross training.  I have some hard decisions ahead of me, but for now, I’m just trying to fully enjoy running and not take any workouts for granted.  After a long talk with my coach,  we’ve decided to redshirt this outdoor season so that I will have an entire fifth year of eligibility.  I’m also going home in a couple weeks to get a second/third opinion from an orthopedic foot specialist closer to my house.IMG_5022.jpg

As I said before, I’m just trying to enjoy running and life in general at the moment.  Some highlights from the past few days have included Ben and Jerry’s free cone day, getting my first article published on Spoon University, and receiving the news that our beloved family camp has had funds allocated to its rebuilding!!


Additionally, I walked into the locker room yesterday to find the sweetest care package waiting for me.  My teammates are amazing human beings, and I actually started crying.  They even baked healthy cookies featuring oats, honey, peanut butter, and raisins!  This was followed by a fun yoga session outside in beautiful spring weather– what a great afternoon ❤


Even though I’m redshirting this season and the running future is a little uncertain, I’m realizing that there’s so much more to me (and to every runner) than running.  Nobody is one-dimensional.  It sucks that my options are a) take a long time away from my biggest passion, b) probably be in pain and limit my training for the next 3+ years, or c) quit the sport.  But you know what?  There are myriad more important things in the world.  There are bigger problems.  And if yesterday is any sign of how awesome life can be, I’ll freaking take it.


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.


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.



It’s Friday!!

Or rather…it’s not even 10 pm on a Friday night and I’m in my bed drinking chamomile tea, wearing fuzzy socks, and listening to peaceful piano music after returning from a Trader Joe’s trip.

Sometimes you just need these nights.  Especially because last night, I went to a concert and danced a little too hard and temporarily went a little deaf!


Anyway, this week’s training has been good so far!  Nutrition has been pretty much par for the course: not stellar, not horrible.  I did eat a fair amount of ice cream…


For Tuesday’s workout, we traveled to a nearby campground, and I did a 3 mile warm-up, 5 mile progression run, and 2 mile cool down for a total of 10 miles.  I don’t know what all of my splits were for the progression run since I didn’t look at my watch the entire workout and fell off the group in the second half, but I think the first three miles were roughly 6:40, 6:28, 6:10 and my total time was 31:38 (6:19 average pace).  Even though I fell off the group, it was still a solid workout.

After 19 years spent priding myself in the fact that I have zero allergies, the fact that I now go to college in a pollen-covered swamp has finally hit me, and I’ve been quite miserable the past few days.  Runny nose, congestion through the roof, and today I could barely breathe without coughing.  We had a track workout today, and during the warm-up, it burned every time I took a breath.  My legs felt fine, but breathing was another matter…

The workout actually went surprisingly smoothly given my inability to breathe.  I was blowing my nose on my sports bra and coughing and probably grossing out every single one of my teammates, but we hit the paces fine.

The workout: 3 x 1000m at threshold pace (3:33ish, or 5:40 mile pace), 1 x 1000m “controlled all-out”, 1 x 1000m back at threshold pace, 5 x 200m.  90 seconds after most of the 1000s, 3 minutes after the “all-out” one, and 60 seconds between the 200s.

My splits: 3:34, 3:32, 3:36, 3:23, 3:34, 36, 35, 36, 34, 35

I was a little mentally negative during this workout, which I shouldn’t’ve been, but it’s done and I can’t change it now.  After our cool down, we did a leg lift, stretched, and ice bathed.  Afterwards, a bunch of us went to Zoe’s Kitchen for dinner!


I had never been to Zoe’s Kitchen, but it was adorable and I really like it!  I got the salmon kabobs and also had some pita and pesto hummus.  The pesto hummus was amazing.

We also went to a cupcake shop before stocking up at Trader Joe’s and The Vitamin Shoppe.  I got the “chocoholic” cupcake (shocker, I know), and it was very good 🙂

As I mentioned before, this week had a fair amount of treats in it, although I don’t actually feel too bad about that.  Ice cream Sunday, ice cream Monday, and then it was my friend’s birthday on Tuesday so of course we had to celebrate with ice cream!  Then the cupcake today.  Oh, well.  Life is about balance and moderation.  I’ve been playing the piano a lot more recently, and it’s been very therapeutic for the most part.  Running has been going well this week, and aside from yoga, I have a complete off day tomorrow!

I can’t believe my freshman year of college will be over in a month.  It seems like I just got here yesterday!  Second semester has definitely been less “honeymoon-period”-y than first semester, but I don’t want to leave.


Race weekend!

This past weekend was one of the most fun/tiring/instructive weekends of college.  We hosted a very large meet Thursday through Saturday.


When you’ve essentially been at a track meet for 60 hours and also you’re freezing

Thursday was the 3k!  All day Thursday I was feeling great about my fitness level and excited to run the 3k… but as soon as I walked into the locker room about two hours before my race…BAM.  Nerves.  This was one of the worst cases I’d ever had.

Some of my older, faster teammates noticed that I was looking a little petrified.  “Trust your training,” one said.  “You’re in really good shape right now.”

In a perfect world, I wanted to get the junior nationals qualifier of 10:10.  My “B” goal was to PR (sub-10:22), and my “C” goal was to give 100% of whatever I had that day.  My coach had said that in a workout last Friday, and it really stuck with me.

I warmed up and went through the pre-race rituals of putting on my uniform, tying my ribbons, lacing up the spikes, getting the hip numbers, drills, strides, the whole shebang.  Then my coach turned to me and said, “I want you to go through the mile at your mile PR.”

Okay then.

We lined up at the start, the gun went off, and a 38-year-old woman rocketed to the lead.  We passed the 200 in 36 seconds and the 400 in 75 seconds.


Sooo that kind of screwed me over for the rest of the race.  I passed the mile in 5:20 and got slower and slower each lap 😉 My splits are very embarrassing, but here they are:

36, 1:18, 1:20, 1:23, 1:25, 1:28, 1:29, 1:21 = 10:24

The last 1200 meters were a solid death march filled with lactic acid, but I somehow got through it and was only two seconds off the time I ran two weeks ago.  At least my last lap wasn’t above 90 or something!  I KNOW that with slightly better pacing and a less erratic, nerve-filled start, I can run in the 10:teens at least.

I had a recovery day Friday before racing the 4×1500 on Saturday.  On Saturday, we woke up early, watched some early morning 5ks, ran our shakeout in the pouring rain, and got ready for the 4:30 pm race.

We ran an “A” relay and a “B” relay consisting of all freshmen.  I anchored the B relay.  It was my first 1500 and my first relay in almost a year!  There were significantly fewer nerves for this race, and I was pumped.  The first three legs were all tired from their race the night before, so I received the baton pretty far back.  I went out hard, tried to hold it in the middle, and kicked hard to the finish.  My split was 4:51, which converts to right around 5:10 for the mile- faster than my (slow) PR of 5:15!

The 1500 was sooo much more fun than the 3k!  Why do I have to be better at longer distances!? 😉

Many of my teammates had excellent performances.  It’s exciting to see the team collectively improve after an indoor season marred by injury and weirdly serious illnesses like bronchitis, pneumonia, and mono.


Sunday was pretty low-key.  Among other things, I did some Econ homework in my favorite coffee place after my recovery run, did laundry, played piano, baked a sweet potato, and bought a pint of Ben and Jerry’s brownie batter core to celebrate a weekend of racing!!


If dreams could be incarnated in food form, they would appear as this pint.  Oh my lord.  This was the most amazing ice cream combination I think I’ve ever had.

Anyway. A crazy race, a fun race, and two weeks of training to go before my next race (an open 1500).


Silver diner, spaghetti squash, Squarebars!

This is a more positive, mostly food-related post 🙂

My meals have been on point recently.  I’ve also been waking up at 5:30 or 6 every day (usually not by choice), which makes the days feel really long.  Like, ready-for-lunch-by-9:30-am-and-bed-by-9-pm long.

Anyway, I decided to indulge yesterday because balance is very important.   Another sunny 80-degree day (which I enjoyed more because I didn’t have to run) brought a morning walk with the dog, a 3,000 meter swim in the pool (phew), and an afternoon with one of my good friends (shoutout to her because I know she reads this blog!).


Lunch was absolutely delicious: tomato-mozzarella-pesto sandwich, sweet potato fries, and coleslaw.  I also ordered coffee..which I’ve been drinking a lot more recently…ahhh!

Afterwards, we drove out to a nature preserve and went on a mini hike and enjoyed the good weather.


My friends have recently been singing praises for Halo Top ice cream, so I stopped by Whole Foods later in the day to pick some up.  I was really skeptical because ice cream is supposed to be unhealthy- that’s why it’s so good- and I’m not a big proponent of sugar alcohols such as erythritol.  But the rest of the ingredients list was impressive, and I read reviews beforehand so I knew I wasn’t falling for some nasty healthy-food scam 😉  I picked up a pint of vanilla bean Halo Top, along with a few other items because you really can’t just get one thing at Whole Paycheck Whole Foods.

Once I got home, I immediately tried the ice cream.  On a scale of 1-10, 1 being nauseating and 10 being just as good as Ben and Jerry’s, I’d honestly give it a 7!  It was impressively creamy, although not *quite* as creamy as regular ice cream.  The vanilla bean flavor was on point, and it was a refreshing treat after the 80-degree hike.  Unfortunately, it’s expensive ($5.99!), so I don’t think I’ll be buying it a lot.  But it was definitely good!

I ate the chocolate coated almond spice Squarebar today, and it was so good.  I don’t even know why I liked it so much, but I did.  I saved half for after my afternoon run, and I actually thought about it the whole run.  10/10 would recommend.  It was pretty much a candy bar, but with 12 grams of protein!

Another “treat”: a few nights ago, I made energy bites!  I went off of this recipe, but as long as you have oats, nut butter, and something to bind them (like chia or flax seeds), you can pretty much add in anything you want!

Ingredients: oats, pumpkin, almond butter, cinnamon, chia seeds, vanilla, maple syrup, almonds, craisins, and bittersweet chocolate chips.  They’re chewy and cookie-dough-like, and they’re utterly delicious.

Additionally, my new running shoes arrived 🙂


My team is sponsored by New Balance, but I’ve tried running in multiple different NB models so far, and none of them have worked for me.  The apparel is great, the spikes are great…I just can’t run in the trainers!  So I’m sticking with Mizuno for the time being.

Today, I actually had a running double (as opposed to a cross train/run double)!  I ran 3 miles in the morning and did my upper body strength routine, and then in the afternoon I ran 6 miles and did strides.  Honestly, I had negative thoughts about my second run all day until I actually did it, and then it turned out to be a really good run!  It was still 80 degrees and humid, though.

I made dinner for my brothers and myself tonight: spaghetti squash and sauteed shrimp, zucchini, red bell pepper, spinach, and garlic in olive oil.  And Prego because I’m not that fancy 😉

The finished product (sorry for the shitty quality; the lighting in my house is bad and I’m not exactly a pro photographer)


This is probably one of the best meals I’ve ever made.  It was my first time making spaghetti squash, and it turned out so well!!  I ate two full bowls, and now I’m ridiculously full.  Good, wholesome, nutrient-packed foods make me so happy.  My youngest brother even liked it a lot, although my other younger brother stuck to white pasta and tomato sauce…oh well…

Time to eat some more vanilla bean Halo Top for dessert 🙂


Sunday Long Run + Food

Over two days of running, I’ve run 22 miles.

Ouch.  I’m feeling a 9 pm bedtime…


Anyway, a recap of this past week of training:

Monday: 6 miles, drills, strides, upper body strength
Tuesday: 20 minutes warm-up, 6 x 800m with 80-90s rest (2:53, 2:51, 2:52, 2:52, 2:54, 2:51), 20 minutes cool down, abs, ice bath
Wednesday: 60 minutes stationary bike, abs
Thursday: 6 miles with my friend Noah, drills, strides, upper body, balance/glutes circuit
Friday: AM: 20 min warm-up, drills, strides, fartlek (10-2-8-2-5), 20 minutes cool down.  PM: 2 miles on treadmill, 10 minute ab drill.  Total: 11 miles.
Saturday: off
Sunday: 11 miles, ice bath

Total: 42 miles, 60 min XT


Mileage went up from last week (37) and will continue to go up next week (45).  My legs are definitely feeling the increase in both mileage and intensity!

On Thursday, I ran with my friend from high school who’s training for a marathon.  Although it was just a maintenance run, he and I both pushed the pace because I guess we didn’t want the other person to think we were slow 😉  Anyway, it was faster than it probably should’ve been, especially on a hilly route.

I couldn’t find a running buddy for today’s long run, so I psyched myself up, plugged in the headphones, and headed to the C&O canal.


I don’t think I’ve ever run more than 8.5 miles on the canal, so by the time I got to 42 minutes and it was time to turn around, I was in completely unfamiliar territory and there was no one else around.  Creepy!  The one water fountain on the way back wasn’t on, so dehydration hit during the last two miles, which was fun.  No idea what my pace was since I couldn’t find my GPS watch, so I did 84 minutes, which should be somewhere around 11 miles.

I will force myself to crawl tomorrow’s maintenance run.  Besides cool downs, I don’t think I’ve hit even 8 minute pace in far too long.

Outside of training, this past week was pretty fun.  On Thursday, my three best friends from high school and I went for a leisurely hike and walked and talked for a long time.


It was overcast and windy and all the trees were bare, but it was still pretty.


Last night, I took my brothers to see Mockingjay: Part II because I am a big Hunger Games fan even though Mockingjay was by far the worst book of the trilogy.  Afterwards, I got to see a bunch of other people from high school!

This week was the week of the sweet potato.  More specifically, sweet potato roasted in coconut oil and topped with cinnamon.  Incredible. 


I also made a stir fry (chicken, broccoli, garlic, onion, salt and pepper, garlic powder, soy sauce, and Soyaki sauce) with quinoa and brown rice.  And ate two huge bowls of it.


Vanilla ice cream and frozen berries ❤IMG_8104

I actually feel pretty good about my nutrition over the past week.  While I did eat exorbitant quantities as usual 😉 , I was able to avoid the post-dinner boredom binge sessions that had become a regular part of my day.  It’s all about balance.

Turkey avocado tartine from Le Pain Quotidien

Turkey avocado tartine from Le Pain Quotidien

Today’s food:

  • Breakfast, pre-long run: Oatmeal with vanilla espresso almond butter, cinnamon, apples, frozen raspberries, and chia seeds
  • Post-long run eating session (lunch on steroids): 1.5 cups blueberry Chobani with chia seeds; clementines; toast with peanut butter and banana; big bowl of leftover stir fry with brown rice; Pink Lady apple with peanut butter; milk chocolate (which I don’t like nearly as much as dark chocolate, but…oh well!)
  • Snack: a clementine and toast with vanilla espresso almond butter and banana
  • Dinner: roasted sweet potato; omelet (1 egg, 2 egg whites) with spinach and goat cheese
  • Dessert: a clementine and chocolate banana “ice cream”


We didn’t have any ice cream or chocolate at home!  So I blended 1.5 frozen bananas, a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder, some vanilla, and milk to create chocolate banana ice cream.  It was actually pretty good!  It was more the consistency of frozen yogurt or a really thick milkshake.  But it’s healthy and I’d make it again!

Now for as many hours of sleep as I can get (thank you body clock for not letting me sleep past 7:30) and back to the dog sitting and running grind.  One week until I go back to school!




The past month

Hi everyone!  Sorry I haven’t blogged in a month!  Training and life have both been a little bit hectic due to various factors, but I have some spare time on this lovely Friday night, so I thought I’d catch up on life.

After the 6k in the middle of October, my coach told me that I had a choice.  I was technically one of the top 12 on the team and could therefore race at conferences, but I wouldn’t race at regionals because I wasn’t top seven.  Therefore, I could either use a whole season of eligibility on one race, or I could redshirt.  Since wasting an entire season of eligibility on one race where I wouldn’t even score didn’t make any sense at all, I chose to redshirt this cross country season.

The week or two following was filled with tons of amazing food, a visit from my best friend from home for homecoming, a trip across the river to the pumpkin patch, schoolwork, and low-key nights with the team as they prepared for conferences and regionals.  Good times.


I love dogs (this dog lives at my friend’s house)


Our new horse friend


Pumpkin patch! The pumpkin ice cream there was AMAZING


Halloween! Snow White and one of her dwarves, Sneezy (yes, there were seven dwarves)

The week after the 6k, I had a great mile repeats workout where I went 5:58, 5:50, 5:50, 5:50 on a not-completely-flat bike path.  It was hard but a great confidence booster!  I was in the best shape of my life.

Then, I got sick.  I had a hacking cough, sore throat, fatigue, and I got my period at the same time, so it was one of the most miserable weeks of my life.  I felt so poorly that my schoolwork/grades suffered.  Guess it was a good decision not to race at conferences! 😉

After about a week, I was just getting worse, so I graduated from going to the athletic trainer to an actual doctor.  He told me I had a sinus infection that had gravitated downwards and caused my awful cough, and he prescribed me antibiotics.  My head coach is pretty conservative about the whole illness thing, so even though I had the doctor’s permission to run while taking the antibiotics, he limited me to an hour of cross training for several more days.  I completed my first 80-minute cross train on Saturday, November 7th, and it was one of the worst things I’ve ever done.  My friend brought me the best cupcake of my life as a reward!

My team rocked conferences, with both teams destroying the (not very good) competition.

After a week completely off and a week of cross training, I finally started running again last week!

Monday 11/10: 6 miles, lift
Tuesday: 6 miles
Wednesday: 5 miles, lift
Thursday: 6 miles, lift
Friday: 6 miles
Saturday: off
Sunday: 8 miles.

Total: 37 miles

I just did maintenance runs all week, no workouts, so that was fun.

The low point of the entire season occurred at regionals last Friday; one of our top runners found out she had two fractures and therefore couldn’t race, and our team didn’t make NCAAs for the first time in four years.


NCAA D1 Southeast Regional Championships

It was really sad, especially for the seniors, and the weekend following was insane- physically, emotionally, and otherwise.  It was pretty intense.  Weird things happened.  Weird decisions were made.  I won’t go into detail, but you can imagine.


Mood-boosting trip to an apple orchard after regionals

But on the plus side, our top runner (not the one with fractures) made NCAAs individually! She got one of two at-large bids given out across the entire country.  She’s amazing, both as a runner and a person.  She will be racing in Louisville tomorrow and vying for her first All-American honors.

Core Four takes Team Thanksgiving <3

Core Four takes Team Thanksgiving ❤

I started workouts again this week; my first one back was Tuesday with 10 x 400 with avg 75 seconds rest.  It actually felt pretty good!  I think I averaged 79 or so- nothing crazy.  Didn’t want to push too hard after three weeks without workouts.

Today, I did 3 x 1000 at 3:37 followed by 5 x 400 starting at 80 and dropping down to 74-75.  2 minutes’ rest between everything, although I took a little extra time after the first 400 because the area near my anterior tibial and peroneal was acting up on my right leg.  Not fun.  After that workout, we had a leg lift, and now my legs are very tired!  I went out to dinner with a few of my teammates, and I had a margherita pizza, spaghetti and meatballs, and a skillet cookie.  Post-workout fuel at its finest. 😉

We are so close to Thanksgiving break, it’s ridiculous.  I have a lot of work to get through over the next few days, but after Tuesday, I get to go home and gorge myself and run on the bike trails I’ve missed for three months and see my dog!

My first race in uniform is two weeks and one day from today.  Excited to get back on the track, and a little apprehensive to see what kind of shape I’m in after my illness and many months away from the track.