An Adventure

This weekend, I had Friday and Saturday off from work, so I made plans with some of my teammates to meet up in our college town.  Yesterday, I ran a workout, took an ice bath, and headed down after breakfast. After thunderstorms and bad traffic, I finally arrived…and one by one, all of my friends cancelled.

AWESOME.  I almost turned around and drove 3 hours home.

However, it’s important to be comfortable spending quality time with yourself!  Sometimes things don’t turn out the way you expected for a  reason.  The trip turned out differently than I expected, but it was honestly still a good time!  The worst part was the traffic.

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Since I hadn’t been back in our college town since the end of spring semester, I spent a couple hours just enjoying being there.  It was pretty stormy and gray, which was perfect weather to do a bit of outlet shopping and then take myself on a date to my favorite coffee shop/restaurant.

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I enjoyed some Caribbean blackened salmon, grains and veggies, and a massive slice of “Chocolate Overload” cake while reading A Walk Across America, Part 2.

After awhile, I made plans to crash at a friends’ apartment.  I met her subletter, who was extremely nice, and we actually ended up talking for a long time that evening!

This morning, I made plans to long run with a new teammate and another acquaintance who were both in the area.  We met early at a local park and bike path, and I ran with them for 100 minutes (~13 miles) for a new personal distance record!  I hadn’t spent too much time with either of them, but the run flew by as we all shared stories.  At one point, one of them mentioned that we had already been running for almost an hour, and I was shocked!

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After 13 miles, I headed back to the locker room to stretch, roll out, and ice bath.  Talked to a couple track teammates that happened to be there at the same time.  Then, I headed into the historic area to wander around (read: get coffee and free fudge samples) at all the cute shops.

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I had never been in this Spice and Tea place before!  Their peach turmeric tea was amazing.

After running some errands, I went to tour the apartment complex that my roommate and I will be moving into this year!  We’re excited to start planning the set-up.

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The most important part 😉

Finally, I hit the road and drove home.  Traffic wasn’t great, and it took a pretty long time.  Stopped for a fruit-and-yogurt pit stop.  I’m done driving long distances for awhile 😉

Anyway, this solo trip was definitely out of routine for me.  I am not the world’s most extroverted person, and I generally don’t spend hours talking to new people.  But for the past 26 hours, I did!  I met some awesome people, made plans that I wouldn’t normally make, was generally productive, and was also comfortable spending time with myself.  I’m quite happy about this.  To top it all off, this morning’s long run was incredible!  I felt like I could have gone farther and faster. 🙂

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Can’t stop won’t stop

Holy moly, there is so much to catch up on.  First off, Happy Mother’s Day!

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The past two weeks have been crazy.  I trained through to the conference championships with my team, and since I didn’t have any finals until last Wednesday, I actually drove ten hours round-trip to Delaware to watch them compete last weekend!  It was rainy and cold, but there were some great performances, as well as some not-so-great ones.  My last run of the year was with my friend on some local trails, and it was great!

I took a week off from running and gave myself the freedom to eat whatever the heck I pleased and not feel the need to do core/strength/whatever.  It has been very freeing.  Break weeks are the time to let the body and mind recover.

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Chocolate chip cheesecake Cookout milkshake at 3:30 am pretty much sums up the whole break

Another awesome adventure included staying up all night and watching the sunrise at the beach with some other sleep-deprived friends.

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The two final exams that I took were both very difficult.  The accounting final murdered everyone in the class.  But we made it through!

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On Thursday, I packed up my entire room, loaded the car by myself, and drove home.  It was very tiring.  I already miss school!!

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this was depressing

I actually got into a little fender bender on the way home due to an unfortunate combination of torrential rain, drowsiness, and a loaded-up slowly-stopping car.  It was completely my fault but still shook me up a lot.

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Made some nice oatmeal at home

 

After spending all of Thursday packing, driving, and unpacking, I decided to go on another road trip with my roommate, and we drove up to New Jersey on Friday to watch our team compete at ECACs.  Princeton was super fun, even though it rained most of the time!

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We got back this evening.  It’s been a whirlwind three days, but I’m finally home and don’t foresee any more road trips for at least a couple days!  I have an incredible amount of unpacking, organizing, and planning to do…

This week, I’ll be running a few miles every other day and cross training if I feel like it.  Real summer training will start up next week.  So far, I don’t have a job lined up for the whole summer, but I’ll be doing a remote writing internship for most of the summer, as well as more short-term jobs.  I would like to travel a lot and train hard, but I also need to save money for next year…

I’ll talk more about running once I start running more!  For now, I am going to continue to eat all the foods, recover from three road trips in a week, and try to relax for a little while at least!  It’s unbelievable that I’m a junior in college!!!

 

Mount Whitney

I just had my first shower in 3.5 days, and it was heavenly 😉

We returned from Mount Whitney (the tallest mountain in the continental United States, standing about 14,508 feet) this afternoon!  I ran an easy 5 miles on Monday before driving up to the mountains, and it felt pretty good, but my right foot/ankle still hurt.

We left around 11 and stopped for lunch at In-N-Out Burger.  When you’re in California, you have to get In-N-Out!

IMG_6538We picked up our permit in Lone Pine and headed up the Whitney Portal Road to the campsite.

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Dinosaur Rock

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Campsite with Grandpa’s motorhome

My grandpa adores fishing, so we went fishing pretty much as soon as we got there.  Don’t worry, I got a fishing license before I went (although the guy was like, “Are you even old enough to drive?” and didn’t believe me when I said I was eighteen and had had my license for over a year 😦 ).

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The pond at Whitney Portal

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Can we just appreciate my fish’s petrified face

On Tuesday, my brother and I woke up at 5 am and drove down the mountain so that I could do my first college workout.

purple mountains majesty

purple mountains majesty

I ran on Horseshoe Meadows Road, at about 4600 feet elevation, with my brother biking behind me.  My workout was 1.5 miles warm-up, 6 x 3:00 hard, :90 easy/rest, and a cool down until I reached seven miles.  My coach told me not to pay attention to pace or distance, so I just went off of effort.  It wasn’t too bad, I didn’t kill myself, although after 2.5 miles the road just went straight up a mountain!  I think I was between 6:20 to 6:40 mile pace for most of them and then the last one was mostly downhill, so it was around 6:00 pace.  The worst part of this workout was the fact that altitude = caked spit and bloody snot (sorry, TMI).

gotta get those insta pics ;)

gotta get those insta pics 😉 with Mount Whitney in the back!

I summited Mount Whitney when I was twelve years old and my brother was nine, back when its elevation was only 14,497 feet 😉 but unfortunately we didn’t get the permit this year, so we could only go up to Lone Pine Lake.  After my run, we drove back up to the campsite, ate breakfast, and then hiked 3.5 miles up from the campsite (about 8,000 feet) to Lone Pine Lake, which resides at a little over 9,000 feet.  The lake reflects a blue sky beautifully, but the sky was overcast the day we were up there.  My brothers and I decided to do a little polar bear plunge into the lake, which is comprised completely of snow run-off.  It was pretty cold!
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40 degree water is cold!

IMG_6817IMG_6822 IMG_6824 I twisted my ankle on a switchback as we were making our way down the trail and bellowing John Mayer songs, and it really fucking hurt.  Once we got back to the campsite, I was so exhausted from 7 miles of altitude running and 7 miles of altitude hiking that I couldn’t keep my eyes open…it was 6 pm.

We took a break from hiking on Wednesday and just hung around the campsite and the portal.  I walked down the stream and meditated on some rocks, read two books, enjoyed the scenery, and ate some spaghetti and s’mores.

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This morning, my brother and I got up at 5 again and drove down to run, this time on Movie Road.  Fun fact: the Alabama Hills (off of Movie Road) have been used as scenery in several movies!  I did 6 easy miles, partially on asphalt but mostly on the windy, hilly, rutted dirt part of the road.

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sunrise

We drove back up, bought the infamous enormous pancake at the portal store, and packed up and left after breakfast.

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Chowed down on basil mozzarella pizza for dinner.  Tomorrow, I have a nine-mile run with a tempo in the middle!

Belated Beach Week

Finally, some non-running-related stuff!  Sort of.  I’ll throw in some random running tangents here and there.

I spent last week with two friends in Cape Cod!  One of my friends has a house there, so my other friend and I flew/drove up on Monday.  We were there for six days, and we drove back on the seventh (Sunday).  Two girls driving + four or five breaks to switch drivers and eat lunch and use the bathroom and get gas = 10.5 hours in the car.  Needless to say, I can never listen to “Bad Blood”, “Shut Up and Dance”, or “Honey I’m Good” ever again.  Those three songs played approximately 52 times each throughout the course of the drive back.

Theme songs for the trip: “Cheerleader” by OMI, “Forever” by Chris Brown, and “Often” by The Weeknd.

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Being at the airport at 6:30 am is not her favorite thing

Our friend picked us up at the airport

Our friend picked us up at the airport

We pretty much headed for the beach the second we got there…

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Being the basic eighteen-year-olds that we are, we took a lot of pictures!  Here are some not-so-good ones for your amusement:

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Along with some better ones!

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Proud bc no makeup

Proud bc no makeup

While I did stick to my running schedule (and actually managed to cross train 3 times that week!), I also indulged in a lot of treats such as ice cream, cheesecake, a brownie sundae, and fudge.

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really good cheesecake!

We didn’t go completely crazy, though; roasted carrots were a staple almost every night because they were so so delicious, and I also ate a tub of kale the day before we left.  Sweet potatoes and oranges were rampant as well 😉  It’s all about that moderation.  Although I did gain a couple pounds.

There weren’t any bowls at the house that were big enough to hold my breakfast, so I ate oatmeal off of a plate because I’m really cool.

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Oatmeal, almond butter, strawberries, blueberries, and cinnamon

We spent hours and hours at the beach (one of my friends could tan for the rest of her life if she felt like it; meanwhile, I’m bored after twenty minutes) and the pond/lake.  While us half-Asians just got tan, our other poor friend resembled a tomato after a particularly long day on the sand.

We went shopping in this preppy rich-people area, but all we bought were books and coffee and really soft Cape Cod sweats because they were on sale.  Oops.  Not about to pay $300 for a cashmere sweater, sorry.  Or $4,752 for a lamp.  I am not even kidding.

I ran to the beach one day (sort of- it was only 4.87 miles there, so I ran back and forth until I got to eight) and then had to walk 2 more miles on the side of the road because I’d gone to a different beach than the one my friends were at.

I could probably write a lot more, but it’d be pretty boring, so that’s all for now!  I’ll try to catch up on my blog posts (I’m at least two behind), so the next one will be training-related.