Senior Year of College

Aaaand a month later, here’s another post.  This always happens.  Sorry, friends!!

I started the day off with a nice bowl of pumpkin chocolate oatmeal before going to do my long cross train of the week.  Yes, I’m still injured.  90 minutes of biking and aqua jogging later, I’m back in my apartment and ready for a nap.

To catch up briefly on the last month of my life, the end of summer was full of work, fun times with teammates on training trips, horrible travel days, and lots of reckless biking in the mountains!

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The OG 3 ❤

We had one training trip in the Poconos, followed by another training trip the day after the first one ended in Banner Elk, North Carolina.  What was already going to be a marathon travel day turned into a nightmare when my bike fell off the back of my car on the PA turnpike, then my car battery died, then the subsequent four-hour delay (and $200 new battery) caused my passenger to miss her train by four minutes, then I got locked out of my apartment for the night when I finally did make it to my college town 14 hours after the travel day began.  At least it makes for a good story!

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The training trips were fun and useful for team morale and building a championship culture, but it was nearly impossible for me to train on the second one since I couldn’t run.  I was frustrated and ready to have a little time away from constant stimulation by the end of the eight days 😉  On the plus side, it was nice and cool and picturesque everywhere we went!

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The road was awful for biking, but at least the views were amazing!

Most of us were in town for about a week before classes started, so we spent that time training, going out to eat, and getting ready for the year!

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Classes began a week and a half ago, and at that point I was mandated by the trainer to take time completely off to see if my foot would heal.  This made for way too much free time.  I had no idea what to do!  It was also really hard to have to go to practice, do nothing, listen to beginning-of-the-season hype from the coaches and watch everyone else learn the new hurdle routines and stuff.  I did have a giant breakdown in the locker room, but my selfless teammates helped me through it.  I also finally began talking to the sports psychologist, which was great.

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Convocation 2018

Luckily, after five days, I was able to start cross training again.  While not the same as running, a familiar, regimented cross training routine truly makes me feel like myself.

I am now a senior in college (didn’t we just get here??) and finishing up my Marketing and Hispanic Studies majors and Accounting concentration with a very hypothetical plan of getting my Master of Accounting next year.  To do that, I am taking 15 credits this semester: four upper-level business classes and one senior seminar Spanish class (the last one I have to take!).  I have two 80-minute classes on Monday/Wednesday and three on Tuesday/Thursday.  None on Friday (shocker, right?)

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My non-athletic goals for this semester include keeping my apartment clean, establishing good study habits, avoiding the comparison/social media/boredom trap, implementing meditation and mindfulness into my everyday life, and taking advantage of any opportunity that comes my way.  I am really excited for this year- academically, socially, and career-wise!

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In terms of running, my goal is to continue to approach every day, every training session, as an opportunity to get better.  Over the past many months of injury, I’ve learned how to back off and have a more balanced approach to training.  This is something I had trouble with in the peak of training when I was healthy, but I do think that is one silver lining of injury- being able to be more balanced and less rigid in all aspects of life!

Running will come back into my life on the timeline that it is meant to.  Everything happens for a reason, and I am happy to say that I am walk-jogging a little bit and my foot is hanging in there.  We’ll see how this trajectory continues!  I am hopeful and optimistic (at least, until my MRI follow-up on Tuesday…hehe).

In terms of this blog, I’d like to post more recipes, senior year updates and ruminations about future plans, college student/young adult budgeting tips, “Day-in-the-life” type stuff, and mindfulness discussions!

One last note- I made this cake for my friend’s birthday last week, and it was the best cake I’ve ever made/eaten.  It may have taken four tries to get the writing on top to turn out okay, but I was so proud. It was a homemade dark chocolate cake with homemade vanilla buttercream frosting, and everyone loved it!

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Ok that’s all for now- Gonna summarize my week of training in the next post!

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First Days in Spain

Good morning!  I’m currently  in Cádiz, Spain, where it’s 10:30 am (six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time).  This is our first morning in Cádiz- we arrived yesterday around 6 pm, met our host mom, explored the beach and saw an awesome sunset, and then kind of got trapped in the house.

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Not wearing the boot #badidea

The past few days have been full of travel and new experiences and lots of Spanish!  We left the US around 6 pm on Thursday 5/17 and arrived in Madrid Friday morning, so we essentially lost an entire night’s sleep.  I dozed on the airport floor and during the bus ride to the hotel, and then we all crashed for several hours throughout the afternoon in the hotel.  My friend and I walked around Madrid for awhile after that.  We then went to el Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, where I got lost from the group and couldn’t contact them #nice, and then our guide took us on a long walk where we got to be stampeded by the soccer fans celebrating the Club Atlético de Madrid.  After walking like 5 miles, it was finally time for dinner!  We had paella and croquetas and sangria at 10 pm.

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I ended up walking 7 miles in the boot on Friday.  My foot was throbbing by the end.  Ouch!

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On Saturday, we left Madrid in the morning and took the bus to Cádiz all day.  After getting settled in our host family’s house and eating a surprisingly early dinner (7:30), my roommate and I went for a walk, saw an incredible sunset on the beach (which is a 3 minute walk from the house!), and met up with some of our other study abroad people.

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This morning, I woke up around 8:20 and did some core.  While I’m having a good time, I’m torn between feeling like a slacker for not doing any training in like 3 days and feeling depressed because my foot is killing me and I was going to start the walk-to-run program this week.  ARGH!  But my host mom is taking me to join a gym tomorrow after our orientation at the university, so that will be good 🙂

After doing core, we ate our first breakfast prepared by our host mother.  Talk about culture shock!  As you know, my usual breakfast at home involves some combination of oatmeal, fruit, nut butter, eggs, protein powder, cinnamon, etc.  Breakfast is like my favorite meal of the day!

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Case in point: my last breakfast at home

In Andalucía, the typical breakfast involves bread and sugar.  This morning, our host mom gave us chocolate-filled pastries, sweet milk that tasted like drinking butter (I couldn’t do it haha), orange juice, hot cocoa, and toast with our choice of butter or jam.  I ate the pastry and toast with strawberry preserves and for the most part passed on the drinks because I rarely drink anything except water and coffee.  I’m happy to try anything and am willing to fully immerse myself in Andalusian culture, but we’ve had some funny culture-clash moments so far.  When she asked what I like to eat for breakfast and I responded “oatmeal and eggs”, she looked at me like I had seven heads and said, “We don’t do that here.  Eggs are not for breakfast.  They sometimes do that in Barcelona, but not here.”

Welp…so much for that!

The next 5 weeks are definitely going to be a learning experience!  I’m really excited to start classes, continue to explore Cádiz, take day trips to other southern Spanish cities, and immerse myself in Andalusian culture.  I’m apprehensive about training (or lack thereof) and sad that my foot pain hasn’t gone away yet (seriously- I’ve run like 100 miles in the past 4 months…)

But this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I’m so grateful I get to do it!  Cádiz is beautiful, and the weather is unparalleled.  And we have a cute roof/garden right outside our bedroom!

Training Week of 10/2-8 (58 miles)

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone’s week is off to a great start.  I got up early this morning, per usual, and ran 6 miles before dawn.  My friend joined me for 4 of them.  The weather was unseasonably warm, humid, and somewhat oppressive today…lovely.

Somehow, I got to my 8 am business analytics much earlier than I normally do.  Miracles do happen!  Of course, I was ready for lunch by 9:30 am and spent the day being a bottomless pit.  After afternoon practice, I made a really good vegetarian dinner with a bucketload of homemade Thai peanut sauce 😀

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Anyway, last week’s training was meaty but went well!  I took an off day yesterday and am excited to travel up north with the team for our first 6k of the season later this week.

Week of 10/2-10/8:

  • Monday: AM: 6 miles, felt pretty fresh!  PM: form drills, speed ladder, hurdle drills, 4 miles, 3 x “X” strides, planks/push-ups, rope stretch, foam roll.  Total: 10 miles.
  • Tuesday: AM: 18 min w/u, drills, strides, 2 x 1000 retro w/ 90s rec (3:37, 3:36), 2 x 1000 w/ 2 min rec (3:29, 3:26), 2 x 800 retro w/ 3 min rec (2:39, 2:37), 2 x 1000 w/ 90s rec (3:36, 3:37), 13 min c/d.  Lower body lift + ice bath.  Went hard on the front squats!  PM: 2 miles + NormaTecs.  Total: 11 miles.
  • Wednesday: early AM: 6 miles.  Very sore from lift; some bunion/foot pain but probably because shoes are old.  PM: core + foam roll.
  • Thursday: 18 min w/u, drills, strides, 3ish mile tempo with first 90s hard (17:30), run back to track, 4×400 w/ 90s rec (75, 75, 74, 71), 20 min c/d.  Upper body lift in weight room.  Ice bath.  Total: 10 miles.
  • Friday: AM: 6 miles.  PM: form drills, speed/hurdle drills, 4 miles easy, 6 strides, planks/push-ups.  Total: 10 miles of running…many miles of walking. #Ouch.  Started wearing new shoes and what do you know- like 75% of my bunion pain disappeared!
  • Saturday: Long run workout.  2 mile w/u, 5 x 6:00h, 3:00e, 4 x :30h, :30e, 20 min c/d.  Total = 11 miles.  Started off feeling “eh” but felt progressively stronger throughout the workout!
  • Sunday: Off. Some core/yoga.
Total: 58 miles.
This week was another off week from racing, so our coach piled on the quality.  With three workouts this week, the majority of the team was feeling pretty beat up by Saturday.  Surprisingly, all three workouts went pretty well for me!  I was very pleased with Tuesday’s splits, especially the 800s (which hurt a lot).  The cruise 1000s were nothing crazy, and it was weird but nice to go back to cruise pace at the end of the workout, after killing our legs with some speedy 8s.  Thursday’s tempo and 400s were all quite fast!  Some of us went to Kilwins on Thursday  night to treat ourselves 🙂
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I was pretty tired on Friday but took the afternoon run easy, which was nice.  We went to Busch Gardens after practice, and we ended up walking and running over six miles, after a full day of training and right before our long run workout the next morning.  NOT the brightest decision 😉 But it was a blast!  We rode the rollercoasters, ate churros, and experienced the creepy Howl’O’Scream corn mazes and haunted houses.
We also attempted to dab for one of the rollercoaster photos…I hate us 😉
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 The first half or so of Saturday’s long run workout felt terrible, but I felt progressively stronger (both mentally and physically) as it continued!  We returned to campus and got ready for team pictures!  After that, I spent the afternoon catching up with one of my good friends and going on a ferry/pumpkin patch adventure.
 My friend and I attempted to work on our database assignment for business analytics on Saturday night, but we were both exhausted and confused, so it did not go well.  On Sunday, I reset, worked on the assignment, grocery shopped and meal prepped, watched a movie for my Spanish class, and did some more work after dinner.  And now it’s a new week!
To be honest, our team hasn’t had the smoothest season so far.  Our lineup looks completely different than it was expected to look, but that is okay!  The different group dynamics have been really positive, and it’s exciting to see people progress and step up when others are having a hard time.  I’m excited to see how everyone does this weekend at Penn State.  Going to bed now to prepare for our workout tomorrow morning!

Spring semester! + a setback

Hello from campus!  I moved back into the dorm on Sunday afternoon, and spring semester classes started yesterday.

This semester, I’m taking three business classes and two Spanish classes.  I just declared a Hispanic Studies major yesterday, and I’m currently a marketing minor with the hopes of becoming a double major!  This semester’s class schedule is a little funky, and I’m going to have to miss the lifting sessions with the team 😦 but on the plus side, I have no class on Fridays!  I also have 4 and a half hours between classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, which is why I have time to write this post!

I’m a little apprehensive about the intensity of my courses, but I’m also looking forward to them.

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Last week’s training (1/9-1/15):

M: 3 miles after work + core/yoga
T: AM: drills, 7 early miles, strides.  Went well!  PM: 2 miles to gym + lift day 1.  Felt a little burnt out from the day.  Total: 9 miles.
W: workout with teammates on canal.  3 miles warm-up (too fast…), drills 3 x [9 min progression, 5 min maintenance].  First two sets were rough but I pulled my head out of my butt for the third set and it went really well.  2 mile cool down.  Total = 11 miles.
Th: AM: 5 early miles.  Legs were very heavy/feet sore from the day before.  Not a great run overall, but some good moments.  Core afterwards.
F: AM: drills, 7 early miles, strides.  Felt awesome! Last work day!  PM: 4 miles, felt awesome again! + upper body lift stuff.  Total: 11.
Sat: 3 mile warm-up, drills, 2 x 200 (37, 36), 3 x [1000, 600] with 2 min btwn intervals and a lap btwn sets.  3:37, 2:04, 3:36, 2:01, 3:35, 2:01.  2+ mile cool down.  Feet hurt on cool down.  TBH just wanted to be done the whole time… Total = 9ish.
Sun: 8 miles– feet were in absolutely horrible pain and I ran so slowly and was limping and wincing the whole time.  Finished up with 40 min bike and they were not in any more pain, so it’s definitely the impact.

Total: 56 miles + 40 min bike.
I unexpectedly had two awesome runs on Friday, but that was where it ended.  For Saturday’s workout, I kind of wanted to be done the whole time and chose all the shortest options.  My toes started to hurt a lot on the cool down, and Sunday’s long run only made it epically worse.  Three miles in, I was wincing and limping, but I was on an 8-mile loop and couldn’t go any shorter.  I finally got back to campus and limped to the bike, where I finished the “long run” with a pain-free 40 minutes.
So for the past few days, I’ve been putting in hours on the bike and in the pool, and yesterday I got to use the Alter-G (anti-gravity treadmill) for the first time!  I ran 4 miles at 75% bodyweight.  Unfortunately, it didn’t help much.

My toes feel inflamed and stretched out, if that makes any sense, and I’m continuing to experience a lot of bunion pain.  The athletic trainers haven’t really been able to pinpoint a cause, either, but I seem to be experiencing a lot of symptoms of metatarsal bursitis, so maybe I’ll ask about that.

I also need to remember not to go too hard with the cross training.  This morning, the last thing I wanted to do was get on the infernal spin bike in the windowless room.  I was miserable and exhausted for an hour.  Mentality is key!  This is just a minor setback 🙂

Thanksgiving and last week of classes!

Merry Tuesday!  Sorry I haven’t written in a couple weeks.  I’m done with class for today and am spending the rest of this rainy afternoon in our library coffee shop enjoying peppermint tea and a cranberry scone.  I just finished my last accounting problem set and gender reading notes, and I got an A on a Spanish paper, so I’m going to take a break to write a post 🙂

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I took a week completely off from running and ran every other day last week for a grand total of seventeen miles, along with some intermittent core routines and a yoga session.  It was great to go home for Thanksgiving break; I got to see family and lots of friends and spend five whole days doing no work whatsoever!

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We spent Thanksgiving dinner at a family friends’ house.  Didn’t eat until 8 pm because we couldn’t interrupt the football game!! (I’m still salty the Redskins lost.)  But dinner was worth the wait.

We spent the meal saying what we were thankful for.  I’m thankful for a supportive, mildly crazy family;the ability to go to a wonderful school; my friends, teammates, coaches, professors, and dentists (haha); good food; and many other things.  Our family friends’ adorable 4-year-old son kept putting in his two cents throughout dinner: “I’m thankful for Mom and pizza and Dad and chicken!”

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My (yes, younger) brother also deigned to take a picture with me!  Will wonders never cease? He makes me look so short…

 

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I also got to see my three best friends from high school!  One of them goes to West Point, so I hadn’t seen her since June!

My friend convinced me to brave the Black Friday madness, so he and I spent 3 hours at the biggest mall in the area in the middle of the day.  RIP to my bank account– but at least I got lots of Christmas presents for friends and family!

Even with all the fun reunions and family gatherings, I experienced abnormal depression intermittently throughout the entire break.  It was strange and a little scary.  I think the combination of being home for a short vacation as a college student, not running, some family issues, and social issues made for a tenuous emotional situation.  I could physically feel myself getting happier on the train ride back to campus on Sunday night.  I do love being home, but I think at this point, I love being at school more 🙂

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Who wouldn’t love it here?

Speaking of school, this week marks the end of classes, followed by two weeks of finals!  I have a pretty solid finals schedule, and I’m going to try to maintain healthy (physical and emotional) study habits throughout.  I might expand upon this later!

We’re starting to gradually build our mileage back up this week but keeping all of our runs at maintenance pace.  You never realize how much running keeps you stable until you’re forced to go without it for a little while 😉  I’m keeping it low for a little while (around 28 this week) before increasing over the next few weeks until I’m back at 55-60ish.  We’ll start workouts after Christmas, and our first race will be after we get back from winter break in mid-January.  I was going to write my track goals, but this post is already pretty long, so I’ll do that for the next post!  For now, I’ll just keep enjoying shorter maintenance runs and the lovely aches and pains that come after time off… 🙂

PS: 26 days until Christmas!!

Back at school!

I’m finally back at school!!

Yesterday, I went out for my long run around 8:30 before I left to come back to school.  5 miles by myself, 4 miles with my friend, and 2 miles by myself for a total of 11 miles.  It was actually a pretty good run!  I was dreading it a bit because my original long run buddy canceled on me and I couldn’t find anyone to run with and really didn’t want to do another long run by myself, but then I found someone to run with for four miles which helped break up the run.   Aside from the normal bit of tightness, my calf and Achilles didn’t hurt at all!

After the long run, I ate a huge breakfast and finished packing.  Right before we left, it started snowing!!  First snow of the year.  The flurries were barely visible, but it still counts, right?

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Trust me, it’s snowing!

We finally got on our way, and I made sure to be stocked with great snacks.  Ate the entire bag of sugar snap peas in about ten minutes… Gotta get all the Vitamin C I can before reentering the cesspool of germs that is college dorm life 😉

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Three hours later, we were at school at Trader Joe’s stocking up on all the essentials.  But finally I was reunited with my adorable roommate.

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Can you tell we were ecstatic to see each other?

Last week’s training:

Monday: 6 miles, drills, strides, upper body strength
Tuesday: 20 minutes warm-up, 4 x [3 x 400] with increasing rest, 20 minutes cool down, balance circuit.  Total = 9 miles.
Wednesday: 50 minutes stationary bike, upper body drill
Thursday: 6 miles, drills, strides, balance + glutes circuits
Friday: 3 miles warm-up, drills, strides, fartlek (5-8-8-5 with 2 min recovery), 3 miles cool down, abs.  Total = 10 miles
Saturday: off
Sunday: 11 miles

Total: 42 miles, 50 min XT

I had 45 miles on my schedule, but after communicating with my coach about my calf/Achilles discomfort, she told me to feel free to take whatever days off I needed to.  So I took a complete recovery day on Saturday instead of doing the 3 miles on my schedule.  I think it was a good decision!

Anyway, we have practice in less than an hour!! I saw a few of my teammates last night, but I am so excited to see everyone today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brain dead

I just finished the History of the Americas portion of my IB Topics mock exam.  Three essays in a little over two hours… needless to say, I’ll be brain dead for the rest of the day.

Yesterday was our last workout before states.  We were supposed to do a warm-up, 6×200 with jogging recovery, and cool down.  The track was completely covered in snow, but our school has a long parking garage over the highway and there’s a flat portion of the bike trail that runs right underneath it.  The local community is really good at clearing the bike trails around here when it snows, so the trail was pretty clear!  We did 6x 35 seconds hard on it, and it was absolutely killer.  My legs and lungs are no longer used to running fast!

I recovered by going home and taking a snow bath.  I filled the tub with cold water and dumped a bucketful of snow into it.  Coooooooold…but effective. 🙂

My foot is bothering me, so I’m going to tape it up and ice it.  We’ll see what happens.

Can you tell I’m brain dead?

WHAT!

 

Guess what!! My mile time is officially less than a minute slower than Mary Cain’s!

I’m sorry for post after post of race results.  I didn’t mean for that to occur, but I get especially excited to write a post after a race because it gives me something to write about.  I’m sorry if it’s boring.

I’ll admit it.  I’m a little terrified.

I haven’t had a bad race this season.

My races have ranged from “Wow, I did better than I thought I would” to “Holy shizzz that felt freakin’ INCREDIBLE!”

The mile yesterday tipped the latter end of the scale.

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Warming up

Top six move on to regionals, and I was seeded sixth.   I had no time goal.  I didn’t even have a place goal because I’d already qualified for regionals in the 2 mile and this was just an “extra.”  My coach’s plan for me was to have me latch onto the back of the top group and hold on.

My sub-5-minute-miler friend was in this race, along with several other girls (most of them my teammates) who are super speedy, so I expected the race to go out fast.

It didn’t.

200-40, 400- 1:20

Huh!?

Two girls from other schools went right to the front, and the rest of us bunched together in an aggressive, elbowing-and-spiking-each-other pack.  We caught up to and passed the eager beavers in the front by the 800 (2:41).  The pace subtly increased, and there were still probably 10 people in the pack, so we were all feeling pretty antsy.

With 400 to go, it was clear that this would be a “kicker’s race.”  I’ve had mixed results from my kick in the past, but I felt fantastic at this point.

I passed one girl.

I passed another girl.

My kick didn’t fail me.

I flew down the final straightaway and…

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 …crossed the finish line in fourth at 5:19!

Overall splits: 80, 81, 82, 76

Needless to say, I’m thrilled.

I’m also thrilled because my grades for second quarter were better than I expected. Remember how a couple weeks ago I was drowning in schoolwork? My quarter GPA was a 4.78 (That’s not a typo). I’m pretty proud of that.

I have a ton of work this weekend.  Should I get started on that? Or should I make some more healthy chocolate peanut butter frosting?

🙂

Snow Day!

Snow-day roulette worked in my favor! I woke up at 5 this morning and looked out the window to see the world gloriously coated in powdered sugar  snow.

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Don’t comment on the amount (or lack thereof) of snow- school was once cancelled because of rain.  I’m not complaining.

The school website proclaimed, “All county schools are closed Friday, Jan. 3.” In my foggy sleep state, I just stared at it for a few seconds, then processed that Friday, Jan. 3 was today and I did not have to go to school.

So of course after that I couldn’t go back to sleep at all.

On my morning walk with my dog, I completely miscalculated how cold it was. “Oh, it’s probably about 30 degrees. I’ll just wear some light gloves.”

Wrong.  I checked the temperature after I got back: 16 degrees plus wind chill.

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frozen fingers

You have no idea how cold I was in this picture.  I could not even feel my fingers, or my nose, or my toes.

I holed up in my room with my space heater going full blast, drinking Earl Grey tea and watching Parenthood and Silver Linings Playbook.  (Yay for Jennifer Lawrence) Unfortunately, the 18-degree temperatures meant that the snow did not go anywhere today.  I saw a woman trying to jog on the icy sidewalks this morning and the way she was struggling I decided:

Toddlers and Tiaras…ohhh goodness.

With running and biking out of the question (and my lack of access to a treadmill), I started feeling crabby.  If there’s anything I hate more than Chinese food, it’s missing a run.  Luckily, the high school pools were open today even though the schools themselves were closed. I changed into a bathing suit, thinking, “What the hell am I wearing a bathing suit for when it’s sixteen degrees and icy outside?”  45 minutes of aqua jogging was a better decision than running because a) my legs still hurt and I figured low-impact exercise would take the strain off and help them recover, and b) I was not about to fight my way through the ice and snow and freeze to death.  I haven’t cross trained in forever, so I also needed this aqua jog.

I get so bored when I aqua jog.  There’s literally nowhere to look except the clock, which of course seems to move extra slowly when you’re constantly looking at it.  My aqua jogging goes something like this: Get in pool. Look at clock. Jog one lap. Look at clock. Force myself to not look at clock for three laps. Look at clock. Two minutes have passed. Repeat.  Does anyone have suggestions on how to pass the time/not be bored while aqua jogging?  I usually go with friends (except for that awful week in September when I was injured and had to aqua jog every day by myself).

Happy snow day! What do you do when your run is disrupted by inclement weather? (Rain doesn’t count because anyone can run through rain, just suck it up and don’t wear mascara.)

Inspiration/kick in the pants

I had an amazing 49-minute run yesterday and probably ran about 6.5 miles. It was cold and windy, and my legs were kind of numb so I couldn’t really feel how fast I was going.  Which was fast. Whenever I run by myself, I’ve noticed that I tend to go really (almost too) fast.  My weekend run is supposed to be long and easy, but because we’ve only been running for a week or two since our break after cross states, our coach has been having us do weekday runs that are a little shorter than normal (35-45 minutes). So I decided to do 50 minutes yesterday. I have this problem mindset where if I’m running alone, I always have to be the fastest runner on the trail. I don’t mean for this to happen, it just happens.  It started last year when I noticed I was going much faster than most of the community people jogging at 2 in the afternoon on a Saturday. So now, I have to be. Unless it’s an elite marathoner or something. Then, I feel justified in letting them pass me 😉

Anyway, it’s snowing right now (first snow of the ((school)) year!) and I was feeling very polar bear/hybernation-y and lazy. I decided to give myself a kick in the butt and feel re-motivated again.  Naturally, I turned to my all-time favorite inspirational running video:

This is the greatest video ever. It’s not Nike official or anything, just done by some random person who was watching the 2012 trials. But the music and the footage are so compatible! And so inspirational!  Now I’m in the mood to go for like a 2-hour run which a) I’m definitely not supposed to do and b) I’m pretty sure I’m not physically capable of doing at any acceptable pace.

Now let’s hope this “snow” keeps up so I don’t have to go to school tomorrow. I have a crap-ton of Spanish reading to do.

Is it snow or is it rain? It's slush! (Yuck)

Is it snow or is it rain? It’s slush! (Yuck)