Outdoor season opener: 3k PR (10:22.00)

Yesterday was my first collegiate outdoor meet!  It was a home invitational, which was super convenient because my dorm is a 5-minute walk from the track and our locker room was literally 20 seconds away.  Everything was right where we needed it to be!

The night before the race, I fueled up with grilled chicken, whole wheat pasta with marinara sauce, a giant salad, and pineapple-glazed carrots.

My race day breakfast of choice was oatmeal with almond butter/cinnamon/chia seeds/raspberries/bananas, plain Greek yogurt, Wawa coffee, and a multivitamin.

 

I ran the 3k along with like 15 other teammates.  The race was at 2:50, so I did my shakeout run at 7:30, ate breakfast (and drank too much Wawa coffee…) at 8:30, lunch at 11:30, watched my friends race the 1500 at 11:45, and headed over to the track for good around 1:15.

We warmed up for 20 minutes and did drills and strides on the infield.  A lot of people scratched, so they combined the 2 heats into one.  We lined up on the starting line, the gun went off, and we were off!

I didn’t feel great from the beginning, but I didn’t feel horrible either.  Honestly, I think it took me awhile to get mentally into the race because on lap 3 I could’ve sworn we were on lap 4, and I was not happy when I realized we still had over a mile to go.

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There wasn’t a clock so I have no idea what any of my splits were.  (Actually, I know my second lap was an 80.  That’s it.)  Oh, well.  Three of my teammates and I worked together for about a mile, and then with 600 to go we really started kicking it in.  I entered the last lap a little ahead of one of my teammates who has a great kick and we battled it out for 300 meters… she ended up outkicking me, but I was happy that I stayed with her and had a pretty strong kick!

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My finishing time was 10:22.00, which was a PR by over ten seconds!  I’m so excited.  That’s 25 seconds down since December and 10 seconds faster than last month.  It converts to roughly 11:04 for 3200, which is over 15 seconds faster than what I ran in high school!IMG_0827.PNG

After the race, we did a workout and a leg lift before stretching, rolling, and ice bathing.  Afterwards, I went out to dinner with my mom and grandma, who had come down to watch me race!

Amazing post-race dinner: steak with Merlot butter, sweet potato fries, and grilled zucchini.IMG_0829.JPG

Followed by the most decadent flourless chocolate cake I’ve ever had.  Paired with vanilla ice cream, strawberries, and cream, this cake was literally a truffle in cake form. IMG_0831.JPG

After not getting very much sleep last night, I woke up this morning, ate a bagel and a clementine, and ran 9 miles to shake out my legs from the race.

My mileage this week was about 49 miles, one mile short of 50 but still the highest mileage I’ve ever run in my life!  And I feel great!!

My mom brought down leftover corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes from their Saint Patrick’s Day dinner, so I devoured all of it after my MR+ today.

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Not the prettiest but SO GOOD (I had two plates…)

The past day after the race has been filled with extremely good food and a distinct lack of sleep, but it’s completely fine to indulge for a day after a race.  Once this weekend ends, it’s back to the grind of healthy food, sleep, midterms, etc. #balance

I’m so excited for the rest of the outdoor season.  I’m fitter than I’ve ever been, and all the hard work we’ve been doing day in and day out is paying off.  Hopefully, injury and illness don’t butt in.  While bad races await me just as good races do, I’ll take it all as long as it pays off in the long run.  All I want to do is contribute to my team.

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Food, Workouts and Weather Woes

Originally, my next post was going to be my outdoor track goals, but I have other stuff to write about, so maybe I’ll do that for the next one.

Every weekend, my mom plans out a few hours to hit up multiple grocery stores and replenish all the food that we’ve eaten throughout the week.  Trader Joe’s, Harris Teeter, Shopper’s, BJ’s– we get to them all.  When we get back, nine times out of ten we have way more food than we initially planned on getting.

My favorite part of our grocery shopping sprees is the fruit.

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Apples, plums, grapefruit, bananas, strawberries, oranges… we have them all!!

Anyway, we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day a day early because of conflicting sports schedules.  On the menu was mashed potatoes, corned beef, cabbage, asparagus, broccoli, and sweet potatoes for yours truly.  Corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes– honestly, it’s one of my favorite meals, and we only have it once a year!  Maybe that’s the 12.5% Irish in me talking.  For dessert, we made an apple crisp, which is not Irish per se, but it is definitely delicious.

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I had a pretty interesting weekend, starting off with the first weight lifting session of the season with my dad yesterday morning!  After not lifting for three weeks, I am unspeakably sore today… Gotta get some strength and stability back into my muscles!  I’m upping my lifting sessions to two times a week instead of just one for the next few weeks because I feel that they are crucial to building a strong base and preventing injury.

After lifting, my plans for a hearty, nutritious breakfast were negated when we spontaneously stopped at a bakery and bought like five pounds of baked goods.  Lemon poppyseed cake, some kind of hazelnut heaven, coffee cake, and raspberry croissants were definitely a delicious indulgence and a well-deserved respite from my normal meals, but it’s time to get serious now. 😉

The rest of Saturday included going for a run in temperatures that didn’t quite warrant taking my shirt off but I did anyway, doing another in-car driving lesson (I’m in the process of getting my license- just a couple more weeks!!), getting a haircut after almost two years, and watching the New Balance indoor nationals live stream for hours.  If our team had run a 4 x mile, we would have been All-American!! Man!!

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How ’bout another apple crisp photo? Deeeelicious

I actually managed to get all of my immediate homework done with quite a few hours to spare today, although I still have to read 250 pages of Walden in the next three days.  Yeahhhhhhhno, that’s not happening.

Most of today was spent doing homework and obsessing over the NBNI live stream.  Alexa Efraimson, Elise Cranny, Tessa Barrett… can I just be a combination of all three of them? Please?  I’ll give up…um…all junk food.  Except I don’t eat very much junk in the first place, unlike my brother.  He came home from some sort of paintball event today, and when my mom asked him what he ate, the list sounded something like: “Uh, Twizzlers, Cherry Coke, pizza, candy…”  And you wonder why you are not in good shape.  We made him eat lots and lots of broccoli.

The weather is acting crazy!! Yesterday, it was (almost) hot enough to run without a shirt, but it is currently snowing with up to 6 inches expected by tomorrow.  What on earth??

Our first track workout of the season is scheduled for tomorrow, but watch it get snowed out! Ridiculous.  We had a trail workout the other day that was a tempo run/fartlek type thing.  It felt good, surprisingly.  I would describe my feelings about the upcoming season as “hopeful.”