Happy New Year! (3 days late…)

Looks like my procrastinatory publishings aren’t going to change much in 2016…

Happy New Year!  Wow.  It’s 2016.  My last full year before my twenties…oh man.

Quick review of 2015:

2015 was full of ups and downs, running and otherwise.  I was accepted into my first choice college and got to join an amazing team that I absolutely love.  I got injured, made stupid decisions, fought with my family, turned eighteen, turned in my IB Extended Essay, went skydiving, graduated high school, received my IB bilingual diploma, went back to California over the summer, lost some friends, gained a lot more, ran more mileage than I ever have in my life, raced my first 6k while redshirting the cross country season, and raced in uniform for the first time.  I finished my first semester of college! (Haven’t worked up the nerve to check my grades yet…)

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2015 has left me half an inch taller, faster, happier (when I’m at school), and more knowledgeable.  I have some vague ideas about resolutions for 2016 but nothing definitive yet.  I’ll let you know as they develop further.


Training recap 12/28–1/3:

Monday 12/28: 6 miles with friend, drills, strides, upper body + abs
Tuesday: 20 min warm-up, drills, strides, 6 x 800m with 80-90s recovery, 20 min cool down.  Total: 8 miles
Wednesday: 60 min XT in pool with friend, 10 min drill, balance circuit
Thursday: 5 miles with friend, drills, strides, upper and lower body strength
Friday: 20 min warm-up, drills, strides, 3 mile pace run (6:35, 6:30, 6:08), 20 min cool down, abs
Saturday: off
Sunday: 10 miles @ 7:22 avg

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Not sure what happened with that 0.02

Today’s Church of the Sunday Long Run wasn’t stellar, but it wasn’t horrible.  My legs felt tired for the first, like, 8 miles… Also, my left Achilles was bothering me, especially during the second half of the run.  You know that feeling where you’re tired on a run so you push it because you think you’re going slow, but it turns out you’re running a completely normal pace so you just end up exhausted from pushing it and going too fast?  Yeah, that about sums up my long run today.

Total for this week: 37 miles running, 60 min XT

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First week of training

Well, I just wrapped up my first week of college cross country training with seven miles at an 8:06 average pace on my typical long-run route.  It was really tiring, so I probably should have taken it slower.  I had a pretty big negative split (that always happens…oops), which isn’t bad, but it’s not quite what I wanted to do, either.  Mentally, it wasn’t the greatest run, especially because my dad called and yelled at me in the middle of it, then hung up.  Twice.  Yay.

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Oh, well!

Training week recap:

  • Monday: 5 miles at 8:05 average pace, partially on the bike trail and partially on our cross country course
  • Tuesday: 4.65 miles at about an 8:30 pace with some former teammates at their captain’s practice
  • Wednesday: 5 miles at a 7:49 average pace
  • Thursday: 25 minutes swimming (I was supposed to do an hour, but I got kicked out because there was a dive meet)
  • Friday: 6 miles at a 7:57 average pace on the bike trail.  Was not an easy effort. 30 minutes swimming.  10 minutes of yoga.
  • Saturday: An hour of lifting at the gym in the morning, 32 minutes stationary biking in the afternoon.
  • Sunday: 7 miles at an 8:06 average pace (big negative split 28:53/27:56).  Very tiring…

Overall: 27.65 miles running and about 90 minutes of cross training.

Things I need to keep in mind:  Have more easy effort days!  Even if I’m going an “easy” pace, it does not mean that I’m exerting an “easy” effort.  Some days, easy pace is 7:45/mile, while on others, it could be 8:30 or even 9:00/mile.  I only had like one or two “easy” days this week, and I think I should have three so that my long run is less devastating.  Hard efforts every day are BAD.

My training plan started me out with low mileage this week, but I’m grateful for that because a) it’s the first week, so I should be running low mileage and b) there’s a lot more cross training built into the schedule than I’m used to.  I’m not very good at biking, but I had a bad reaction to the chlorine at our pool which resulted in me being covered in itchy welts all over my body, including my eyelids. (I’m still covered in them right now; I want to tear my skin off).  So I’m going to be spending a lot of time on the bike over the upcoming weeks, and I need to be running low mileage at the beginning in order to get used to that.  Cross training is tiring!

Well, it’s off to the farmer’s market for me!