Greetings! I’m back in my college town after a crazy, eventful week. School doesn’t start until Wednesday, but practice starts on Monday. I’ll recap this week’s training and then catch you guys up on what else has happened!
Week 14 (8/21-8/27):
Monday: AM: drills, 8 miles on bike path/sidewalks, strides, core circuit. PM: 2 miles.
Tuesday: workout at Burke Lake Park with teammate. 20 min warm-up, drills, 32 min tempo on trails, 20 min cool down. Most of the tempo was mentally hard for me, but we encouraged each other and pushed it at the end. Total: 10 miles. Also- got my period back!
Wednesday: AM: glute activation, 6 miles on bike path, 10 min core. PM: 1 hour slow flow yoga class.
Thursday: AM: 3 miles. Packed car/moved into apartment! PM: 7 miles on trails around campus- awful bathroom issues, yikes!
Friday: 2 mile warm-up, drills, fartlek with teammates (2×5 minutes, 2×4, 2×3, 2×2, 2×1 with half recovery), 2 mile cool down. Ice bath. Felt a little tight/tired because I had slept poorly and was sore from moving, but overall went well! Mentally strong. Total: 10 miles.
Saturday: 12 miles with teammates. Pushed the first 8 miles (close to 7:00 pace) and then got on some trails. Felt tired but not bad. Ice bath.
Sunday: off + light core.
Total: 58 miles + yoga class
This week was kind of crazy! It’s amazing how the miles add up when you’re distracted by major life events and don’t overanalyze every little running-related thing. That being said- I definitely slacked on strength this week. Aside from some half-hearted core, I did nothing…
On Monday, I semi-spontaneously bought a car! After looking on and off all summer, I had resigned myself to the fact that I was going to spend the year taking the bus, riding my bike, and/or begging my roommate for rides to and from our apartment 1.5 miles off campus. However, I found a used car that was in my limited price range, went out and test-drove it, got more specs, and ended up buying it two days before I went back to school! Can you say last-minute??
Also got a haircut, but that’s not that exciting 😉
This week has also included a lot of treats, but it’s the last hurrah before we buckle down into racing season, so it’s okay, right!? My family went to The Cheesecake Factory for a farewell dinner on Wednesday night; while the food wasn’t great (my chicken pot pie was less than stellar), the cheesecake was amazing. We waddled out of the restaurant 😉
On Thursday morning, I got in three miles before my mom and I tandem-drove down to my college town. This year, my roommate and I are sharing an off-campus apartment. We each have our own rooms and closets, along with a shared bathroom and kitchen/living/main room. It’s not the most upscale apartment ever, but we’ll make do! I’ll do an apartment tour post once we finish setting it up!
I’ve spent the past few days setting up the apartment, driving all over town to every single discount store ever, going to the farmer’s market and grocery stores, spending FAR too much money, running and hanging out with my teammates, not sleeping enough, and generally existing in a perpetual state of distraction and exhaustion. Good times 😉 Practice starts tomorrow, classes start on Wednesday, and it’s off into another year of college! I’m VERY excited and a little nervous about this year!