Tempo Tuesday (LOL)

Hoo boy.  Today’s workout was not amazing.  This week, I’m trying to hit high mileage (60+) while working six days in a row…rip Kathryn.  So far I’m 2 days and 20 miles in.  Currently chilling in my bed with my nightcap (fresh peach, homemade cookie dough bites, and Kombucha) after a long day of working out, working, and picking up furniture for my apartment off of Craigslist (lol), so I thought I’d recap the day’s workout before turning in for the night.

The workout: 2.5 mile warm-up, 4-5 mile tempo, 4 x [:60h, :60e], 2.5 cool down.

What actually happened: 2.5 mile warm-up, 4 miles (6:32, 6:29, 6:17, 6:05), 4 x [:60h, 60e], 2.5 cool down.

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Ugh.  Honestly, it wasn’t great.  My body felt out of whack during the warm-up, during the drills, during the workout, and during the cool down.  The first two miles of the tempo were slowwww. The third mile was hilly, and I was not having any fun.  While I would have preferred to do a 5 mile tempo (and at a faster pace), I gave myself an out at 4 miles.  Really struggled the last 1/2 mile or so, so it was probably good that I stopped.

During the 4 x [:60, :60], I saw some runners from my high school’s team.  Seeing them working hard early in the morning motivated me to crush the little fartlek, so that portion of the workout actually went pretty well.  Hobby jogged the cool down and took an ice bath after stretching and rolling out.  I was freezing!  Refueled with a truly massive bowl of oatmeal.  This is getting ridiculous…

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The mileage total for the day was 10 miles.  I had a double on schedule, but I had zero desire to double after this morning and after working all day, so I elected to lie in my bed the second I got home instead 🙂

I’m not sure why I felt so poorly this morning.  Maybe it’s because I did a Meatless Monday yesterday and possibly lacked in protein?  Who knows.  Some days are just tougher than others!

Tomorrow is an easy recovery run with my friend that runs for another university.  I’m excited!  This week is going to be hard.  But it’s the last week of work before our training trip and move in!  Just gotta power through.  We can do hard things 🙂

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First workout back: 4-mile tempo run (in which I remember how hard tempo runs are)

(If you don’t want to read the whole thing: 6:27, 6:15, 6:18, 6:14)

Happy 4th of July!  I can’t say I’m always proud to be an American, but I’m grateful to live in a country with freedom and opportunity.  I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and gets to spend time with family and friends.

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Speaking of family and friends, here’s a photo of all the cousins (and my gramma) from the wedding!

Today started off with an early morning workout.  I was up and ready to go at 6 am, so I ate some Ezekiel toast with peanut butter and banana before heading out to complete the first workout of summer/cross country season!

The workout was 2.5 mile warm-up, 4 mile tempo, 2.5 mile cool down for a total of 9 miles.  It was 75 degrees and about 85% humidity when I headed out the door, which wasn’t unbearable.  My legs were still pretty tired from Sunday’s long run, so I told myself that 6:20 pace sounded reasonable.

Warmed up for 20ish minutes and did drills on the asphalt bike path.  Didn’t feel stellar.  Contemplated studying the plants lining the side of the bike path instead of doing the tempo.  Just kidding.

Started the tempo…It felt a wee bit harder than it should have, and I hit the first mile in 6:27.  Reassured myself that it was fine and that I wasn’t a slow hobby-jogger 😉 Entering the second mile where two bike paths converged, some guy came tearing along of the adjacent bike path at the same time and pace that I was tearing along the other one.  So I latched onto him without asking, mostly because I couldn’t spare the breath to speak.  Hehe.  He pulled me through the second mile in 6:15, at which point I turned around.  Thanks, runner dude- hope you didn’t mind a random girl tailgating you for a mile!

I hit the third mile in 6:18 and contemplated quitting.  But not actually.  Well, kind of.  You know those moments where you dream of stopping but know it’ll never happen because a) you would kick yourself and b) pain is a mental construct and it isn’t real!! ?  Yeah.  It had been months since my last tempo, and I forgot how hard they are!  That last mile is always a grind.  I just tried to relax and told myself that I had done harder things and to stop being a baby.  Clearly I’m very nice to myself.  Fourth mile was a 6:14.  Total time for the tempo was 25:14.

The cool down was more of a shuffle because my legs kept deciding without my permission that they didn’t want to run anymore.  I finally got home after 87 years (20 minutes).  But after stretching, rolling, an ice bath, and a short walk with one of the dogs I’m dog-sitting, they’re feeling a bit better.  I’m drinking coffee for the second day in a row- crazy!  The rest of the day will include lunch (wedding leftovers for YEARS), a nap, spending time with family, another run for a total of 11 miles today, potentially a light leg lift, and 4th of July fireworks and dinner tonight.  I’m lucky enough to have today off from work, so I may binge-watch The Great British Baking Show 😉

Anyway, Cliff’s Notes version because I managed to write an essay about 25 minutes of my life: the first workout back was hard, now I remember what a grind tempos are, excited to get faster this summer, and I would love to find workout buddies.  The end!!

First college race! and dead legs

Hey guys!  I’m currently lying in my bed eating popcorn, dark chocolate, and microwaved cinnamon apples.  I’m a little too tired to go out tonight, so it’s just a quiet night with my sick roommate, food, and a sushi documentary on Netflix.  I thought I’d spend this time talking about some recent running things!

On Tuesday, I had my first college race!  We didn’t really treat it like a race- more like a hard workout effort.  The meet was a strange format where we divided up into two-person relay teams and each leg raced a 3k, then a 2k.  So the race was 3k-3k-2k-2k for a total of 10k.

We ran two miles in the morning to prep for the evening race.   It was 95 degrees and very humid when we arrived at the race venue, which was an extremely hilly park used for religious retreats, I think. I didn’t feel very good on the warm-up.

The first of my two relay legs (3k) wasn’t great.  I was caught completely off guard by the most monstrous hill I’ve ever seen/run on!  First time I’ve ever walked in a race. 😉  I recovered while my relay partner was running her 3k leg.

Freshmen ran unattached, so I did not wear a uniform

Living that unattached life

I started my second leg a bit behind the rest of my workout group, so the first part of my 2k leg was spent catching up to them.  I passed some of them right before I hit the monstrous hill for the second time, and I’m proud to say I successfully ran strong up the entire hill!  My second leg felt much better than the first.

After that, we did 5 x 1:00 hard, :30 easy, with the hard minute around 5k race pace.  Followed that up with about a 1.5 mile cool down, so in total I ran about 10 miles on Tuesday.


Today, we had another pace run!  We warmed up for a little less than 3 miles (7:30 pace) until we got to the park/rec area where we were doing our workout.  After drills and strides, we got started!  My workout group was supposed to do 4 miles at 6:30 pace with a slightly faster finish, but we started out conservatively because it was 88 degrees and humid.  Our splits ended up being 6:35, 6:35, 6:38, 6:18.  The last mile was really hard, but I’m happy with the time!  My legs have been dead all week (trying not to dwell on it), and I thought about quitting multiple times throughout this pace run, but I finished strong with my group.  We cooled down for a little less than 3 miles at about 8:55 pace, and some of us went to Wawa for chocolate milkshakes before stretching, ice bathing, and doing core.

After a workout like that, I’m always ravenous, so I’ve been eating nonstop for about four hours.  I had the post-workout milkshake, multiple plates of chicken, rice, baked potato, chili, and carrots at dinner, a berry smoothie, and of course all the popcorn, dark chocolate, and cinnamon apples.  Living the good life.

I have three miles and yoga tomorrow and ten miles on Sunday.  My weekly mileage will end up being around 45 (plus 90-100 minutes of cross training)!  As I mentioned before, I’ve been feeling pretty dead this week, but I’m trying not to worry about it since it’s kind of expected with a complete routine upheaval, much more walking, a lot more “little things” like activation drills and hurdle drills, a new diet, a new sleep schedule, and a new workload.  Phew!  My workout buddy (who’s a junior) said it takes most people at least a few weeks to adjust.

I’ll try really hard to not let this tiredness get to my head.  And now…sleep!

Training week 7 (40 miles)

Welcome to the end of Week 7!  I officially hit 40 miles for the first time!!

Week 7 recap:

Monday 8/3: 5 miles @ 8:26 average pace
Tuesday: 7 mile workout (1.5 warm-up, 6 x 3:00 tempo, :90 easy/off, 2.12 cool down), 7 miles hiking from Mt. Whitney campground to Lone Pine Lake and back
Wednesday: off
Thursday: 6 miles @ 8:22 average pace, 40 minutes swimming
Friday: 9 mile workout (3 miles warm-up @ 8:30 pace, 3 miles tempo @ 6:48 pace, 3 miles cool down @ 9:18 pace)
Saturday: 3 miles @ 8:29 average pace
Sunday: 10 miles @ 7:48 average pace

Total: 40 miles running, 40 minutes swimming, 7 miles hiking

Comments:  This week was pretty tiring; I only had one complete rest day (Wednesday) because I had to run 3 recovery miles on Saturday to hit my mileage for the week. I didn’t do much cross training because we were at Whitney.  Tuesday was my first college workout!

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Tuesday’s interval workout. Light blue = pace. Dark blue = elevation.

 

On Thursday, my brother was supposed to bike next to me, but he didn’t actually end up really doing that.  Don’t tell my mother.  Long story short, he’s kind of an idiot.

Yeah, I did my strides here.  No big deal ;) source: http://www.itoda.com/photos/eastern-sierra/AlabamaHillsRecreationArea.html

Yeah, I did striders here. No big deal 😉
source: http://www.itoda.com/photos/eastern-sierra/AlabamaHillsRecreationArea.html

On Friday, I had my first tempo run.  In high school, my tempo runs were 10 minutes warm-up, 20 minutes tempo, 10 minutes cool down for a total of about five miles.  This was my first time having six extra miles to run outside of the tempo (for a total of nine miles), and the last three miles were absolutely killer!  My legs would just not move- I was crawling along the sidewalk.  #lacticacidprobs.  Oh well, it was supposed to be a cool down anyway…

tempo run fridayThis week was my first time not having two non-running days because I ran three miles on Saturday.  I just ran recovery pace along the sidewalk, so it was not difficult at all, but it was one of those days where I just wanted the run to be over.

This morning was my ten-miler.  I wore a water belt for the first time ever because SoCal is dry and lacks water fountains (although I ran a new route that actually had a lot of water fountains…), and I felt like a marathon mom with my snazzy blue bottles.  The extra pound and a half or however much it weighed made me feel like I was going super slow and couldn’t lift my legs, so I was pretty surprised to see my average pace at the end! (I don’t look at my watch while I run, except to check for the turnaround point.)  My pace was like 25 seconds faster than last week!  I even had a random 7:24 mile thrown in the middle of this run.

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Exactly the last half mile of my long run was straight up a steep hill, and I almost chickened out and ran longer along the flat sidewalk on the main road so that I could be done before the hill.  However, I reached the bottom of the hill and thought, “no, I’m better than that.  I can conquer this.”  So I selected “Till I Collapse” by Eminem on my running playlist and pounded up the hill with the music blasting in my ears.  THE HILL WAS REALLY DIFFICULT.  I climbed 190 feet after already having run 9.5 miles.

My go-to hill song

My go-to hill music

I ate a lot of food this week, including some stuff I probably shouldn’t’ve eaten but did anyway.  Last night, I fueled up for my long run with spaghetti and meatballs, a ginger ale float, and strawberry shortcake.  That ginger ale was the first or second soda I’ve had in the past year!  I had Starbucks (mocha with extra whipped cream) and Panera (lentil quinoa broth bowl with chicken) and even a tiny bit of Chinese food (orange chicken and sweet shrimp) after my long run today, but it’s cool.  Moderation 😉

I also ate a lot of salad, fruit, and the rainbow trout that I caught.  My brother and I used to eat the fish eyeballs when we were little.  It’s hard to get much fresher than that!

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transformation tuesday…

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Sorry, all you ethical vegetarian/vegan types

Next week is more of a “recovery” week, so my mileage is decreasing to 35 miles.

TWELVE DAYS UNTIL I GO TO COLLEGE!  I’m ridiculously excited.

 

Happy 2015!

Happy New Year!!  It’s officially my graduation year, so that has me a little freaked out.

Monday brought a quick track workout (6x800m) which felt pretty good.  Tuesday’s run was a little longer than usual, but still felt okay.

Wednesday, on the other hand… I was supposed to do 4x1600m between 6:15 and 6:30, but right from the first lap it felt terrible.  My breathing was constricted and my legs were abnormally fatigued.  Not fun.  I ended up doing 2x1600m at 6:17 and 6:18, then a 1200 (4:43), but I had to stop after that.  Not finishing a workout is always a huge mental struggle, but I know that if I had kept pushing, it would have affected me negatively in the long run.

New Year's Eve, where miraculously we were both awake!

New Year’s Eve, where miraculously we were both awake!

We went to a New Year’s Eve party at my mom’s/brothers’ friends’ house, so I didn’t really have anyone to talk to, but it ended up not being a nightmare. 🙂  My mom actually stayed awake this year (last year, she fell asleep around nine!).

When we try to take a nice family picture... (that's one of my younger brothers)

When we try to take a nice family picture… (that’s one of my younger brothers)

Yesterday, I ran with two friends who are home from college!  I hadn’t run with one of them in two years!!

Today’s schedule includes a tempo run and the submission of my last college application!!!  I’m almost done!

I hope everyone’s New Year started off positively, if not with a bang.  I didn’t really make any New Year’s Resolutions, but my three best friends and I do have a huge bucket list of things to do before college.  We only have eight months to complete it!

Maybe one of my New Year’s resolutions should be to eat more of these chips!

IMG_4542 I discovered them in my house the other day, and they’re pretty much the best chips I’ve ever tasted.  I’m usually of the “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality, meaning things that are unhealthy are meant to be unhealthy (i.e. I don’t believe in “healthifying” desserts and chips and whatnot), but these chips are one of a kind.