Summer Training Week 5 (40 miles + 10 mile hike + 60 min bike)

Drinking coffee, listening to “Acoustic Sunrise” on the radio, farmers’ market ventures, and dog-sitting…sounds like Sunday ūüôā

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This week’s training was a little different. ¬†My brother and I spontaneously decided to go backpacking on Thursday and Friday, so I skipped my planned run doubles but¬†did¬†complete a very technical 10-mile loop! ¬†So running mileage was a little lower, but overall mileage still increased. ¬†My legs/glutes are sore,¬†and today will definitely be a rest day!¬†¬†I’ll recap our backpacking trip in more detail in the next post.

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Week 5 (6/19-6/25):

Monday: AM: 7 miles on sidewalks + bike path. ¬†Core circuit. ¬†Some toe pain. ¬†Heat/STIM/ice. ¬†PM: 30 min bike. ¬†1 hour slow flow yoga…spent lots of time upside down so almost passed out a couple times haha
Tuesday: AM: glutes, drills, 8 miles bike path, strides.  Toe pain.  Heat/ice/stim.  PM: 2 miles + lower body lift.  Tired!
Wednesday: 3 miles into 30 min bike.  Pretty hot out!  Tired, took it easy, went ok.
Thursday: AM: 6 miles bike path. ¬†PM: Strenuous technical 3.5 mile hike. ¬†Camped overnight. Didn’t sleep that well but it was awesome.
Friday: AM: Technical 6.5 mile hike.  Foot hanging in there.  PM: 3 miles.  STIM/ice on feet.
Saturday: 11 miles on bike path, partially soft surface.  15 min ice bath, easy core circuit, STIM on calves.
Sunday: off

Total: 40 miles running + 10 miles hiking + 60 min bike

Overall, this week went well! ¬†No soft surface runs until yesterday’s long run, but I did hike 10 miles through swamps and rocks and dirt and pine needles, so that counts, right?

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Soft surface?

Nutrition this week was a little weird. ¬† I ate a ton. ¬†While backpacking, we fueled up with beef jerky, bars, dried fruit, etc. ¬†We carted all of our food and water up the mountain and ate instant mac and cheese, campfire-blackened sausages, ramen, and the like for dinner on Thursday. ¬†I also had quite a few treat meals, and for some reason gorged myself on ice cream last night at work, which made my stomach feel less than stellar ūüėČ ¬†But it seemed like my body just burned through everything due to the constant strenuous activity! ¬†So I’m not too concerned. ¬†I think I’ll try to reduce the amount of ice cream I’m consuming at work, though…

(Nutritious and delicious…)

Sleep was okay. ¬†Some nights were fine, but I hardly slept some other nights. ¬†I’m a little groggy right now. ¬†It’s hard to implement my normal bedtime routine because I’ve been working until 11 pm and now have to take care of three dogs after work. ¬†But I’m trying to relax about it!

I recently switched to custom orthotics instead of SuperFeet, and they’ve honestly been helping a ton! ¬†I was having significant toe pain last week, but I’ve been able to get through all of my runs with little-to-moderate pain. ¬†It’s still there, but it’s bearable!

Saturday’s 11-miler was the longest run I’d done since April! ¬†And I only ran 11 miles about 3 times from January through May because of all the foot issues. ¬†I ran four miles by myself before meeting up with a teammate for 7 more. ¬†I’m excited to try to increase my long run again and get back to the 12 I was running last year, and¬†maybe¬†even see how 13 feels. ¬†But for now, I’m happy to be able to run 11 ūüôā

Throughout the coming week, I’ll really have to plan things out as mileage increases, dog-sitting takes up more time, and work continues to be crazy. ¬†I don’t know what I’ll hit, mileage-wise, but I’m going to work on listening to my body, fueling properly, and taking care of my foot. ¬†Mileage is lower at this point than it was last year, but that is¬†okay! ¬†Consistent training is more important than reaching high mileage for a week or two and having to take time off because you broke yourself.

 

Summer Training Week 4 (42 miles + 120 min XT)

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#revived to write this post ūüėČ

Heck yeah, it’s time for another weekly summer training recap! ¬†This week, I pushed my mileage a wee bit more (getting ready for that jump next week) and worked a lotttt of difficult shifts. ¬†Definitely crashed and burned a bit by Saturday. ¬†Got on a lot more soft surfaces, though!

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Long run views from this morning!

Week 4 (6/12-6/18):

Monday: ¬†AM: 6 miles bike path.¬† Some soft(er) surface…for like a mile!¬† Core circuit.¬† Some foot pain but not too bad.¬† PM: 30 min swim.¬† Felt good.¬† Foot soak, roll, Tiger Balm.
Tuesday: ¬†AM: 7 miles with Noah with one mile on the trails. ¬†Significant foot pain during the second half of the run.¬† Drills and strides.¬† EXCELLENT lower body lift.¬† Pushed the weight and did the most unassisted parallel grip pull-ups I’ve ever done.¬† PM: 2 miles.¬† Crazy work shift until 10 pm per usual.
Wednesday:  60 min pool (50 swim, 10 aqua jog).  Was very pleasant.  1 hour slow flow yoga class.
Thursday:  AM: 7 miles @ 7:39 average on the C&O canal.  TBH felt pretty darn shitty.  PM: 30 min bike, felt good, upper body lift.  Busy work shift until 10 pm.
Friday:  AM: 7 miles on sidewalks/bike path.  Glute activation, drills, strides, core.  PM: 3 miles.  Tired from morning.  Long, crazy work shift until 11 pm.
Saturday: OFF.  Very glad for this rest day.  SO tired from the past couple days.  I felt like a zombie until like 6 pm.
Sunday:  10 miles @ 7:40 average at Manassas Battlefield.  All soft surface!  (Long grass/gravel/trails)  I had never run there before.  It was hot, humid, and hilly, but the views were unbeatable!

Total: 42 miles + 120 min XT.  
Dang…work this week kicked my ass. ¬†Our ice cream store is getting more popular by the minute, and during today’s shift, we did not stop moving¬†one time¬†for five hours straight. ¬†Also, the A/C in the store is broken, the freezers pump out hot air, and it never gets lower than 85 degrees. ¬†After a hot, dehydrating ten-miler…I almost passed out into the dip case a couple times ūüėČ ¬†It’s just heat training, right??
I managed to get two soft-surface runs in this week, along with some sporadic dirt paths during a couple other runs!  So definitely an improvement from last week.
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Sleep this week wasn’t the greatest, unfortunately. ¬†I worked a lot of late shifts, which riled me up at bedtime. ¬†But I suppose it’s worth it for the paycheck! ¬†#brokecollegestudentprobs
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And my nutrition has been okay, but not stellar- I’m just eating a lot of breads/baked goods and sugar, which is not prime fueling. ¬†My post-run recovery foods are good (oatmeal, yogurt, eggs, nut butter, fruits, veggies…protein, complex carbs, healthy fats), but as the day progresses, I’ve been getting lazy! ¬†And it’s hard at work when you’re just tryna stay alive, ya feel? ¬†I get home after a long, hard shift and can’t tell if I’m physically ravenous or just mentally need some junk food. ¬†Oh, well. ¬†You live and learn (and lose a six-pack in the process, hehe).
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Homemade pumpkin bread

This morning’s long run was 80 degrees, 85% humidity, and very hilly with long grass, but the views were awesome! ¬†I had originally planned to meet my friend out at the battlefields, but her foot has been bothering her, so I ran by myself. ¬†Ran in silence over the hills and through the woods (literally) for the first half and then listened to a¬†Runner’s World¬†podcast during the second half. ¬†It was kind of hard.IMG_6605.jpg
The new training week starts tomorrow, so gotta go rest up!  Running bright and early with one of my favorite running buddies.

Running is hard sometimes

Aloha! ¬†Our A/C is on the fritz again, so I’m hibernating in the basement while I write this, since it’s not 100 degrees down here. ¬†I think ice cream at work tonight will be a¬†necessity.

Anyway.

You know those runs that just knock the life out of you? ¬†I had one of those this morning. ¬†After an off day from running yesterday (I did put in an hour in the pool and an hour-long yoga class), I woke up early today and drove out to the canal for a change of scenery. ¬†I was so excited for a nice 7-mile maintenance run! ¬†Alas…it was not to be. ¬†My legs felt off from the beginning, and running just felt hard.¬† ¬†It felt like I was hammering, but apparently I was running my easy/maintenance pace (around 7:30 per mile). ¬† I did a terrible job of listening to my body when I should have taken it easy, no matter what the “pace” said.

Afterwards, I just felt completely discombobulated. ¬†Which resulted in me drinking coffee for the first time in eight days…on top of a white duvet…live life on the edge, you know? ūüėČ ¬†(PS: this summer has unexpectedly resulted in my coffee consumption diving down to almost zero! ¬†Weird.)

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I’m not even really sure why this run felt so difficult- it was humid, yes, but not extremely hot, and I wasn’t that sleep-deprived. ¬†I rarely use a GPS (actually broke my GPS watch), but I downloaded Strava for this run and was very surprised at the end when my average pace was like 7:35. ¬†It had honestly felt like I was hammering the crap out of some sub-7-minute miles.

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Oh, well. ¬†The good news is, I had a good swim yesterday! ¬†50 minutes of laps followed by 10 minutes of easy aqua jogging. ¬†Afterwards, I went to a yoga class. ¬†Swimming has never been the most enjoyable thing for me, although I became a believer in the power of cross training this past semester. ¬†But this week, I’ve actually looked forward to getting in the pool, and as such have done two cross training sessions in the water! ¬†Some days, the laps just click by rhythmically. ¬†I would¬†love to do my swims in a lake or similar beautiful, natural setting, but the same old 25-meter stretch of warm chlorinated water will have to do for now ūüėČ

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I have to go cross train and lift soon, so that’s about it for now. ¬†Working tonight after my gym session, running twice tomorrow, working again tomorrow night…it’s the summertime grind ūüôā ¬†Craving a nice, cold peach!

Summer Training Week 3

It’s Monday! ¬†After a hot run and some core this morning, I’m spending most of today relaxing and doing chores before swimming later. ¬†Monday is always my day off from work ūüôā
Last week brought 36 miles, 140 minutes of cross training, busy work shifts, fun times with good friends, a delightful Train/OAR/Natasha Bedingfield concert, and a wine tasting for my mom’s “bachelorette” party (I love being 20!!, she said sarcastically). ¬†And NCAAs, of course! ¬†It was awe-inspiring and motivational to watch. ¬†I may be crazy and have delusions of grandeur, but this middle-of-the-pack D1 runner now wants to qualify for NCAAs!! ¬†Or at least track regionals…
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Concert with friends

Week 3: (6/5-6/11)
Monday: AM: 6 miles on bike path + core circuit.  PM: 30 min swim.
Tuesday: 7 miles @ 7:40ish pace on sidewalks/asphalt.  Felt stiff and out of rhythm.  Glute activation, drills, strides.  Lift day 1.  PM: crazy work shift!
Wednesday: 60 min bike…felt sick midday but it passed so I biked in the evening and felt really good, actually.
Thursday: AM: 6 miles bike path + core.  Foot pain.  Drills + strides.  PM: 3 miles.
Friday:  5 miles on asphalt/sidewalks into 20 min bike.  Lift day 2.
Saturday: 9 miles on bike path.  7:30ish average.  Very hot and sunny.
Sunday: 30 min aqua jog.  I think I burned my face off.  Not a cloud in the sky.
Total: 36 miles + 140 min XT
This week…hmm. ¬†Similar to last week, my foot hurt on almost every run, but on the plus side, I’m still feeling strong in the weight room. ¬†I did a terrible job of getting on soft surfaces ūüėČ ¬†Almost every run was on an asphalt bike path or sidewalks. ¬†Having running buddies on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday made the runs more fun, though!
Friday’s run was somewhat crappy at the beginning but got progressively better once my legs warmed up. ¬†I was definitely mentally distracted during the lift session that followed, but thankfully both the bike and lift went better than the run anyway!
The bearable-yet-constant foot pain is starting to wear on me mentally again, and I find myself dreading runs a little bit because I want to run but don’t want to be in pain. ¬† To be honest, I am not doing as much as I should to stay on top of it.¬† I’m rolling with my shiny new lacrosse ball, acquired for the express purpose of wrecking my feet ūüėČ …doing warm Epsom salt soaks, and sporadically doing mobility, but I can do more.¬† It’s this cycle of: foot hurts on runs, I get sad thinking about it, I avoid rehab because it makes me think about the fact that my foot hurts. ¬†Ya feel?
But on the plus side, I can feel my body responding to the strength sessions. ¬†The core circuits that left me sore for days three weeks ago are easier. ¬†I’m planning on adding weight to my squats, deadlifts, and farmer’s holds in the weight room this week. ¬†Already bracing myself for the DOMS ūüėČ
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Mom and me!

After identifying the factors that brought me down a little bit last week but taking solace in the fact that I still had a decent training week and got to do a lot of other fun things, I’m re-motivated for the coming week, which should bring about 42 miles in addition to cross training sessions.
Runs are getting longer, temperatures are getting hotter, and the grind is coming back. ¬†My goals for the next week are to train¬†purposefully and to not skimp on the little things. ¬†Every run is one step closer to my goals, both as an individual and as a member of a team that aspires to achieve greatness. ¬†My teammate just ran extremely well at NCAAs, which was so emotional and motivational. ¬†All of the competitors at NCAAs work extremely hard, day in and day out, to get to the national level. ¬†Some of them have more natural talent than others, but none of them skip out on what they need to do to achieve their goals. ¬†That’s how you get to that next level.
Other highlights from my week before I sign off for now:
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A 14-year-old made this lemon lavender cake!

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I nearly cried when they sang “Bruises” and “Drops of Jupiter”

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Another concert picture!

Summer is a great time to put in the work for the upcoming season(s). ¬†This week, I WILL remember to take fish oil every day, re-dedicate myself to foot rehab, switch to orthotics for shorter runs, wear sunscreen,¬†and keep track of sleep and practice good bedtime habits such as putting away technology. ¬†I will be mindful of the foods I choose to nourish my body with– remembering that anti-inflammatory is the way to go and that I am willing to do anything to help my foot feel as good as it can possibly feel! ¬†I will also put in more shifts at work, try to be as frugal as possible and go on free/cheap summer adventures…hiking, exploring DC, playing piano, going to yoga, cooking, reading, playing badminton, soaking up the sun, picnics, crafting…there’s so much to do!

Summer Training Week 2

Happy Sunday! ¬†I hope everyone had a great week. ¬†It’s a beautiful June morning here, and I’m suffering from a mild case of wanderlust ūüėČ so I’m listening to a road trip playlist while writing this post and pretending I’m cruising down the open road. ¬†Today was a typical Sunday- took the day off from running, went to the farmer’s market, did some wedding planning with my mom’s best friend, and went to a yoga class. ¬†My family is going out to dinner in a little while ūüôā

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Farmers’ market haul!

Week 2: (5/30-6/4)

Monday: AM: 5 miles + core circuit. Some bunion pain.  PM: 3 miles.
Tuesday: glute activation, drills, 4 miles into 20 min bike + lower body lift
Wednesday: AM: 60 min bike.  PM: 30 min yoga
Thursday: AM: 5 miles with friend @ 7:15 avg.  PM: 30 min bike + upper body lift.
Friday: 6 miles with friend, glute activation, drills, strides
Saturday: 7 miles + core, started easier and felt progressively better
Sunday: off, yoga class

Total: 30 miles + 110 min XT + 2 yoga sessions

Overall, this week went pretty well. ¬†Mileage is still low. ¬†My foot is still hurting on every run- it seems like once I hit the 30 minute mark during a run, the bunion pretty much decides that it doesn’t want to do it anymore. ¬†Ow. ¬†Still feeling strong during strength sessions, though!

I had a few runs this week that were faster than they should have been, so I made an effort to go easier on Saturday, and it felt a lot better. ¬†It’s important to keep most of the mileage at maintenance effort right now in order to keep feeling good, getting strong, and building mileage!

In non-running-related news, I decided to go back to work at the ice cream and coffee place I worked last summer!  Had my first shift back on Friday night: 5-10:30 pm.  It was super busy, but I was reunited with the best ice cream ever (cinnamon, and coconut chocolate crunch.  Heck yes).

Also, we spent all day at my brothers’ tae kwon do black belt exam, and after five hours of testing, they both passed! ¬†My youngest brother earned his first degree black belt, and my middle brother earned his second degree!

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Goons

Also made macarons with two good friends earlier this week. ¬†I’m not a huge macaron fan, but they turned out well! ¬†Turns out my family isn’t a huge macaron family, either…three days later, all of the macarons I kept are still sitting on the plate.

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Mileage will continue to increase in the coming weeks, albeit slower than last year’s progression. ¬†I think I’ll hit somewhere in the mid-30s this week. ¬†Additionally, I’m going to try to get in the pool at least once instead of just cross training on the bike every time. ¬† The weather is supposed to stay mild (and rainy), which is encouraging. ¬†I’ll also be working more and writing for the¬†remote writing intensive!

Summer Training Week 1

It’s that time of year again-¬†summer training recap time! ¬†I’ve done this for the past two years, and it’s fun to be able to look back at training from past years.

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Nutrition is an important part of summer training, so here is a pretty parfait ūüôā

The 16-mile week doesn’t really count, so I’m going to say that last week was my first week of summer training ūüôā

Week 1: (5/22-5/28)

Monday: 4 miles on bike path + some yoga
Tuesday: 4 miles into 30 min bike + lower body lift
Wednesday: 60 min bike
Thursday: 5 miles on bike path + drills and strides + core.  First run in new shoes.
Friday: 4 miles into 30 min bike + upper body lift
Saturday: 6 miles on bike path
Sunday: off

Total: 23 miles + 120 min XT

This first week was okay. ¬†The runs and cross trains felt fine, but unfortunately my bunion really hurt on almost every run. ¬†At home, I don’t have access to the laser and stim/compex and other resources that the training room provides, so I’m going to have to get creative with treatment to keep this pain under control.

What I can do: warm Epsom salt foot soaks, ice baths, rolling, stretching/mobility, topical anti-inflammatory treatment.

On a more positive note, both lifts went really well. ¬†We jumped right back into the full lift routine, so I was¬†so sore¬†after Tuesday! ¬†My hamstring felt like it might rip off my body. ¬†But the soreness has subsided, and I have a nice baseline for my fitness. ¬†I’m excited to get stronger this summer!

Non-training highlights from this week:

A couple of my teammates came up to visit, and we explored Georgetown on an overcast day:

Jazz in the Garden on the Mall with a friend:

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I made cha siu baos from scratch for the first time (it was a two-day process, but so worthwhile):

…and my mom and I went shopping (*groan*) and explored our favorite farmer’s market (*cheers*)!

My goals for this coming week include:

  • Spend less time on my phone, especially before bed
  • Be proactive about bunion pain
  • Two yoga sessions and glute activation
  • Try to get more quality sleep! ¬†I wake up naturally at or before 6 am, so I need to go to bed¬†early¬†to account for this
  • Continue quality nutrition
  • Start my remote writing internship!
  • Focus on non-cooking hobbies as well, such as playing piano, knitting, reading, and writing

 

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!!!

 

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

Happy Friday Eve! ¬†No Friday classes mean it’s the weekend for me ūüôā ¬†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!

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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…

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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.

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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!!

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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 ‚̧

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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.

Life and sadness and frustration and positivity…

Happy Saturday night! ¬†I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve stopped and started versions of this post. ¬†Isn’t it funny¬†how it’s easier to write about running when running is going well?

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Overnight oats in the training room for the millionth day in a row

So: the foot pain. ¬†It’s hard to believe that this has been going on for almost three months. ¬†It seems like I haven’t trained consistently since January. ¬†The past two weeks have been exponentially worse; I even developed extensor tendonitis because I was compensating for the toe/bunion pain in my stride and foot strike. ¬†After about 43 miles and some cross training the week before last, last week’s training¬†included 7 normal miles, 15 miles on the Alter-G, and 290 minutes of cross training. ¬†This week included 37.5 miles and about 205 minutes of cross training. ¬†Today’s run/bike combination was horrible. ¬†Can you see the continuation of the mileage rollercoaster?

Every single day involves at least one trip to the training room for warm whirlpool, rolling, laser, mobility, ultrasound, ice, etc. ¬†I’ve been biking and swimming ridiculous distances. ¬†Each training session is played by ear; my coach will text me saying, “How much pain are you in? ¬†Do you want to work out today?”

I met with an orthopedist on Thursday, but unfortunately we didn’t come up with any other solutions. ¬†“Yep, according to the x-rays, your bunions are pretty severe. ¬†You can live in the training room for the rest of your athletic career, or if the pain is getting too bad to the point where you think it’s limiting your ability to train, you might want to consider bunion surgery.”
I’m also in the middle of the dental implant process, feeling hideous, and there are insurance issues and family medical/emotional¬†problems.
As you can imagine, last week was filled with some breakdowns…
The combination of training uncertainty and constant pain is really taking its toll mentally and physically. ¬†Also, getting up at the crack of dawn every day makes me feel really isolated from the “normal college student” lifestyle of sleeping in past 6 am, staying up later than 10 pm, and having some semblance of fun. ¬†Not that I¬†want¬†the normal college student lifestyle, but it’s really hard when you can’t relate to¬†anyone. ¬†Most of my teammates don’t have to be in the training room twice a day and wake up at the ass crack of dawn every single day. ¬†My NARP (non-athletic-regular-people) friends stare at me like I have three heads if I mention my daily routine. ¬†I’m sorry for the negativity- I’m just being honest that months of this nonsense is¬†getting to me ūüė¶
I also really do not want to have to go the surgery route. ¬†Bunion surgery takes months to recover from, more months to get back into training,¬†and¬†there’s no guarantee that it’ll even be successful. ¬†As I would have to get the surgery on both feet, I would literally be in a wheelchair, unable to walk, for a month.
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Stationary-biking my life away

Okay, now that my emotional rant is (mostly) over, I’m going to try to focus on the positives! ¬†Even¬†though it really sucks not being able to fully do what I love and contribute to my team, it’s so important to keep in mind that life is about more than just running. ¬†Obviously as a collegiate athlete, the majority of your lifestyle revolves around your sport and school. ¬†But there are so many aspects to life that it’s easy to find things that are important outside running!
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SO, without further ado, here are some positive things that are happening in life:
  • Recent¬†weather has been¬†absolutely gorgeous. ¬†I went to a nearby creek today to watch the sunset with my roommate, her brother, his roommate, and their dog. ¬†We saw a goldendoodle puppy while we were there!
  • My mom and her husband came down last week, and I went out to brunch with them and we always have the best conversations.
  • We took the recruits to see¬†Beauty and the Beast¬†last week, and even though you know I’m a cynical human being, I’m also addicted to Disney movies and songs.
  • I sat down to the piano for the first time in months and have my heart set on playing¬†Go the Distance¬†
  • I’m currently writing multiple articles for Spoon University¬†and loving it!
  • The business school is the most beautiful building on campus, and I’m lucky enough to have access to it.
  • The weight room is making me #toostrong ūüėČ
  • Scandal, joggers,¬†and hot lemon water to end the night

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Wow, there are so many aspects of life to be grateful for! ¬†School is hard, running is hard, and this crazy schedule of mine is hard. ¬†We shall see if I’m able to race this coming weekend at our big home invitational. ¬†But¬†mindfulness¬†is important. ¬†Here is a cheesy motivational quote, complete with a pug:

“Spring” break

Hello from home! ¬†I’m currently on spring break (can somebody inform the weather?), and the respite from schoolwork is working¬†wonders.¬† I’ve been reading a great book (Room by Emma Donoghue, upon which the 2015 movie is based), wearing groutfits all day, running/cross training, cooking, and watching more TV than I have in what seems like years. ¬†I just ate four black bean brownies for dessert because they’re delicious and I can. ¬†They’re small; it’s fine ūüėČ

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Black bean brownies from¬†Chocolate Covered Katie! ¬†I added a bit of ground coffee and topped them with melted chocolate ūüôā

Three cheers for helpful Apple tech people and a functional computer! ¬† Yet again, apologies for the prolonged blogging¬†absence. ¬†Morning pool workouts, daily training room appointments, and a non-functional computer have added to this semester’s increased schoolwork demands. ¬†I feel like I’m years behind in updating you all about¬†what’s been going on!

Training

Two weeks ago, I ran 32 miles and cross trained for 250 minutes, which included three swim workouts and zero running workouts.  I felt progressively stronger in the pool and in the weight room.  Foot pain persisted.  I was up at the crack of dawn every day for practice and wonky pool hours.

Last week, I ran 43 miles and cross trained for 120 minutes (a mixture of stationary bike and pool), which included two running workouts and one mini pool workout.  I was in the training room every day both weeks- heating, rolling, and doing foot exercises, joint mobility, laser, and ice.

The first track workout back (2/28) went surprisingly¬†well! ¬†3 mile warm-up, drills, strides, 3×800 with 200 jog (2:52, 2:52, 2:50), lap on turf, 4×400 with 60-90s recovery (80, 78, 78, 77), lap on turf, 4×400 with 90-2:00 recovery, (76, 74, 73, 73), 3 mile cool down. ¬†It was exciting and gratifying to hit those splits;¬†pool workouts really do work to keep your aerobic fitness up! ¬†But I was sore for two days afterwards.

My team wrapped up the indoor season in Boston this past weekend with lots of stellar performances! ¬†We kind of fell apart as a team throughout indoor season due to injury and illness, but I’m hoping to regain some of that cohesiveness as outdoor begins.

On Saturday, I drove out to a park that we used to race¬†at all the time in high school to do my long run. ¬†It was beautiful! ¬†Very windy and cold, but the views and trails couldn’t be beat.IMG_4565.jpg

I think I’ve done a good job listening to my body over the past few weeks and not cramming in too much volume (cross training or running). ¬†My goal is to be more¬†careful than last time while increasing the mileage, and I’m going to try like hell to keep the foot pain and inflammation under control.

Other life stuff

For some reason, last week I had the most intense dessert cravings I’ve had in awhile. ¬†All I wanted at night was ice cream, brownies, and¬†chocolate cake. ¬†So I have been indulging those cravings! ¬†My teammate and I went to go watch¬†the high school state meet and cheer on our respective high schools, and we stopped at Whole Foods afterwards because of course we did ūüėČ ¬†This “Mississippi Mud Bar” was¬†incredible.

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On Thursday,¬†I received my acceptance into the business school!! ¬†What a great way to start spring break ūüôā ¬†I was feeling very burned out from school- intermediate accounting is kicking my ass- but this served as justification for the grind. ¬†I didn’t mention it in this post¬†, but I applied last semester and was rejected from both the majors and the minors program. ¬†The same weekend I went through a break-up, the business school sent me not one, but¬†two¬†rejection letters. ¬†What a great time ūüėČ ¬†Also, yes, the below picture features the ugly screws I’ve been rocking for the last several weeks. ¬†I cannot¬†wait¬†to get the implants. ¬†Until then, I’m trying to avoid pictures of myself.IMG_4535.jpg

 

I’ve been hanging out with this guy:IMG_4566.jpg

Made balsamic honey glazed salmon, quinoa, and steamed asparagus with lemon for my family tonight:

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The rest of spring break will include a full body massage (so excited!) and a trip to New York before heading back to school. ¬†Then it’s just one short week until (hopefully) my first race since November! ¬†I just want to get a baseline, and as I said before, keep my feet under control ūüôā

Time to go finish reading¬†Room! ¬†I will definitely try to post more- now that my computer is working again, hopefully life will be a little easier! ¬†#firstworldproblems…