Sevilla y Granada

Time to catch you all up on some of our Spanish adventures!¬† No worries, my next post will be about summer cross country training. ūüôā

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La Alhambra en Granada

Sevilla (5/26-5/27)

Last weekend, we went to Sevilla for two days!  It was only an hour and half ride from Cádiz, so we left on Saturday morning and returned on Sunday evening.

IMG_3495.jpgWe arrived at our hotel and almost immediately left for a two-hour walking tour of the city that ended at the Plaza de Espa√Īa.¬† The Plaza de Espa√Īa was beautiful, built in the shape of a “u” with a canal/moat, elegant bridges, and a fountain in the center of the square.

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After the walking tour, we had a bit of free time, so we ate lunch in the park next to the Plaza.  It was peaceful and beautiful, with gardens and fish and intermittent bouts of sunlight.

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We then walked some more and went on a tour of la Catedral de Sevilla, where we observed the incredible interior and climbed la Giralda, which was 33 flights of ramps.

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After the Catedral, we got to see a flamenco show!  (Photography prohibited).  Then we went to dinner, where we enjoyed several courses of tapas, fish, tinto, and a three-layer chocolate mousse cake that I would like to eat for the rest of my life.  That night, we went out for awhile, and I ended up walking 13 miles total that day.  RIP to the foot.

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On our second day in Sevilla, we toured the Real Alcázar de Sevilla.  I loved it.  It was so peaceful and full of greenery and history.  I could have stayed there forever.  IMG_3632.jpg

We also toured the barrio de los judíos and some other places before climbing the Metropol Parasól, a weird wooden structure with great views of the city.

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After that, we ate lunch and wandered around before driving back to Cádiz.  Sevilla was super fun, but group sleep deprivation and a stolen phone made for a really rough second day for some people.  Yikes!

Granada (6/2-6/3)

This past weekend, we went to Granada.¬† The drive was a little longer than the one to Sevilla; it took about four hours, and I stubbornly tried to read a book on my Kindle the entire time even though I am prone to motion-sickness.¬† That went well ūüėȬ† After a minor bus breakdown, we arrived in Granada early in the afternoon and spent the evening looking at the shops, the Capilla Real, the Catedral, and of course¬†Los italianos¬†(ice cream).

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17th-century graffiti!¬† It says “victoria”, presumably after someone finished their exams

I loved the ceiling in the Capilla Real, and it blew my mind how long it must have taken to construct the Catedral, starting in the 16th century!

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I was feeling pretty sick that night, so I stayed in but didn’t sleep very much regardless.¬† Dang.¬† On the second day, we spent four hours exploring La Alhambra- the Islamic palace/fortress renovated in the 13th century.¬† My favorite part was the Generalife, which is the section of the palace where the kings would go on vacation.¬† It was tranquil and perfect, filled with lush plants, beautiful flowers, and trickling fountains.

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We then toured the actual castle portion, which was huge and luxurious and unbelievable.

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We climbed some towers, and the views were unbelievable.

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No one I’d rather cram 5 people into a 3-person hotel room with

After many hours spent wandering the Alhambra, we crammed 27 people into a 15-person bus again and I spent the 10-minute ride down the mountain trying not to puke.¬† We ate lunch at a random restaurant, and I enjoyed another tinto de verano con lim√≥n, which has easily become my favorite alcoholic drink ūüôā

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We rode the bus four hours back to Cádiz and arrived around dinner time.  I felt sick again, and my roommate has been sick all week, so we met our new housemates and I turned in early for the night.  I loved Granada, but I think it would be better to spend more time there, given the extent of the travel!

M√°laga (6/7-6/10)

Next weekend, a few friends and I are going to go to M√°laga to celebrate my friend’s 21st birthday.¬† We’re taking the train there and will spend the days hiking, sleeping, eating, and sunbathing (and probably running/biking if you’re me).¬† I’m super excited!

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First Days in Spain

Good morning!¬† I’m currently¬† in C√°diz, Spain, where it’s 10:30 am (six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time).¬† This is our first morning in C√°diz- 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 Atl√©tico 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 C√°diz 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 ūüôā

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 Andaluc√≠a, 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 C√°diz, 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!¬† C√°diz is¬†beautiful,¬†and the weather is unparalleled.¬† And we have a cute roof/garden right outside our bedroom!

Week of 12/25-12/31 (45)

Happy New Year!  Started 2018 off strong with 7 morning treadmill miles, 2 miles outside in the afternoon, two strength sessions, and the first of many intentional Meatless Mondays!

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Ancient, but functional, treadmill set-up

I will do a New Year’s post recapping 2017 and discussing my goals and intentions for 2018, but for now, gotta wrap up the last week of 2017!

Week of 12/25-12/31:

  • Monday:¬†active warm-up, 7 miles, circuits
  • Tuesday: AM: 30 min bike + lower body lift.¬† Pushed weight and did 21/24 chin-ups!¬† PM: 7 miles, 4 x strides, 5 min core (got bored).
  • Wednesday:¬†4 miles @ 8:00 pace + 30 min swim.¬† SORE.¬† Felt pretty shitty.
  • Thursday:¬†Travel ALL DAY.¬† Active warm-up to keep warm… 8 miles @ 7:30 pace on treadmill at night after getting home.
  • Friday:¬†AM: active warm-up, 2 miles, drills, 4 mile pace run (watchless), 2 miles.¬† Upper body lift.¬† PM: 20 minute aqua jog…didn’t stretch afterwards, oops.
  • Saturday:¬†11 miles in the snow @ 7:35 avg (felt harder because slippery).
  • Sunday:¬†OFF.¬†¬†Aches and pains from snowy long run.¬† 45 min yoga/stretching.

Total: 45 miles + 80 min XT

After essentially taking five days off from running the previous week, I ran six days in a row this week and hit semi-normal mileage.  Maybe not the smartest thing to do, but it was convenient!

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Tried this protein shake after Tuesday’s lift and it wasn’t bad! (and I hate protein powders)

I pushed Tuesday’s lift and woke up¬†sore¬†on Wednesday!¬† Wednesday’s run-XT combination was kind of dreadful, and I had to talk myself through every minute of it.¬† “Come on, just swim one more lap.¬† You can do it.”¬† Along with the perennial lie: “There’s nothing you’d rather be doing right now!”

We woke up at 4 am to travel home from California.¬† We were supposed to be home by 4:30 pm Eastern time, so I was planning on doing a maintenance run and then going to the gym to lift.¬† Unfortunately, we got a little stranded and didn’t get home until close to 7 pm.¬† It was 80 degrees in California and 15 in the DMV and we did not have coats.¬† I ended up doing some active warm-up routines to keep myself warm while we waited outside for the train for half an hour.¬† It worked, and the release of endorphins made me less crabby after traveling all day!¬† When we finally got home, I ran eight miles on the treadmill and did not lift because it was like 8 pm at that point.

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I didn’t do a workout until Friday’s pace run, and my watch died 3 minutes into the warm-up, so I went off of effort.¬† It went¬†significantly¬†better than the pace run I’d done the previous Monday!¬† My right leg locked up per usual, but otherwise I felt strong and confident.¬† No idea how fast it was.¬† I spent the afternoon making homemade bagels with my friend, and we went to the pool afterwards for a quick shakeout.

Overnight snow and ice made Saturday’s long run a little treacherous.¬† It wasn’t the most stellar run ever, but I got through it…However, the gait changes I made to compensate for the slippery bike path caused me to wake up sore and¬†hurting¬†on Sunday.¬† I was planning to cross train, but I took the day off, did some yoga, and hibernated inside after attempting to go to the farmers’ market in zero degree weather.

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I had New Year’s Eve plans, but after visiting a friend and eating a lot of mac and cheese, I got minor food poisoning.¬† So I ended up staying home and celebrating with my family. (and by celebrating, I mean eating brownie sundaes, drinking champagne, watching¬†The Holiday, and falling asleep before midnight.¬† Party animals!)

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Even the dog was a party animal.

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I’ll write more about the year transition in the next post!¬† I’ve felt a bit…stale…towards life and training recently, although a rejuvenating double outside in the¬†cooold¬†helped reinvigorate me today ūüôā

Week of 12/18-12/24 (22 miles + 290 min XT)

Merry Day-After-Christmas!¬† I’ll post a recap of my family’s Christmas later, but here’s last week’s training.¬† TL;DR: training interrupted by a niggling foot.

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I ran normally on Monday and Tuesday (although it felt pretty shitty), but then the mild discomfort in my foot increased to where I decided to cross train the rest of the week.¬† While my brain kept trying to convince me that a) “you’re going to lose all your fitness!” b) “you’re slacking!” and c) “you’re exaggerating the pain in your mind!”, I’ve seen firsthand what happens when you don’t listen to your body.¬† Hell, I’ve become pretty terrible at listening to my body.¬† But I’d rather take a few days off now than be out with tendonitis or a stress fracture for a¬†long time.

Week of 12/18-12/24: 

  • Monday: AM: active w/u, 2 miles, 4 mile tempo on towpath (6:23, 6:22, 6:29, 6:22), 2 mile cool down.¬† Felt tired and not at all in it but toughed out the 4th mile after feeling like quitting at 2 miles.¬† GS1.¬† PM: 2 miles + circuits.¬† Getting stronger on burpees!
  • Tuesday:¬†AM: 8 miles @ 7:42 avg, felt tired, lift day 1 (felt strong!).¬† PM: 2 miles.
  • Wednesday:¬†60 min (3200m) swim.¬† Sore from lift!¬† Pain on top of foot- took Aleve and iced it.
  • Thursday:¬†AM: 70 min bike (with a fartlek during), upper body lift, felt pretty strong.¬† PM: 2 miles, foot still hurts.
  • Friday:¬†Woke up at 4:40 am and spent all day traveling…very tired!¬† Pool was closed to off day today-¬† did active warm-up, some circuits, general band strength, and yoga.¬† Still have foot pain, especially when I point my foot.
  • Saturday:¬†100 min XT (70 min bike + 30 min aqua jog).¬† Set a bike distance PR!
  • Sunday:¬†60 min pool (35 swim, 25 aqua jog) + some yoga
Total: 22 miles + 290 min XT
Monday’s tempo was traaaash, and I made the mistake of programming Strava to call out splits every half mile because I thought it would motivate me. NOPE.¬† Instead, I found myself demoralized and hurting 2 miles in, but I’m proud of myself for toughing it out for 4 miles.¬† Of course, I spent far too long stressing about the splits and telling myself I was slow and how the heck am I ever going to run sub-17 if I can hardly handle 6:20s?¬† #chill.
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Glaring at my legs post-tempo

I ran with a friend on Tuesday, and we were both feeling a little banged up, so we took it easy.¬† I noticed that the top of my left foot was moving from sore to painful, so I cross trained on Wednesday.¬† On Thursday morning, I forced myself not to run and instead did a bike workout.¬† Tested the foot out with 2 miles in the afternoon, and while it didn’t¬†hurt, there was some discomfort.
On Friday, my family woke up at 4:30 am to travel to California.  We hit mad traffic on the way there and even worse traffic in the airport (naturally- it was December 22!), and we hardly made our 7:50 am flight.  But we made it! Wooo.  Meals were really weird, and we were all cranky and tired.  After a marathon travel day, I was looking forward to decompressing with a swim, but the pool was closed for repairs so I took the day off and did a bunch of general strength instead.
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Saturday brought a lovely 100 minute cross train that I split between the bike and the pool.
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Set a distance PR on the bike #nice

Sunday was just maintenance.¬† After icing the foot and sporadically taking Aleve and ibuprofen, it felt passable enough to run on Christmas!¬† And I’m going to go for another run later.¬† ūüôā
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At least I’ve been able to swim in a cool half-in-half-out pool!

It’s a little strange making up my own training as I go along, and I’m trying not to feel guilty about not doing the workouts that are on schedule.¬† But the schedule was sent out weeks ago, and I’ve been cross training my butt off, so I know my fitness isn’t really suffering.¬† I’m just itching to get back up to regular mileage and actually have some good running workouts!¬† I recognize that I jumped the gun a little over the previous 2-3 weeks with maintenance and long run intensity, so lesson learned, and I’m going to practice approaching training with a more balanced, relaxed mindset.¬† ¬†Except I suck at relaxing, and sleeping, and all that jazz.¬† Guess I gotta do more yoga ūüėČ
Christmas recap coming next!¬† We’ll be in California for another couple days before heading home.

An Adventure

This weekend, I had Friday and Saturday off from work, so I made plans with some of my teammates to meet up in our college town. ¬†Yesterday, I ran a workout, took an ice bath, and headed down after breakfast. After thunderstorms and bad traffic, I finally arrived…and one by one, all of my friends cancelled.

AWESOME.  I almost turned around and drove 3 hours home.

However, it’s important to be comfortable spending quality time with yourself! ¬†Sometimes things don’t turn out the way you expected for a ¬†reason.¬†¬†The trip turned out differently than I expected, but it was honestly still a good time! ¬†The worst part was the traffic.

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Since I hadn’t been back in our college town since the end of spring semester, I spent a couple hours just enjoying being there. ¬†It was pretty stormy and gray, which was perfect weather to do a bit of outlet shopping and then take myself on a date to my favorite coffee shop/restaurant.

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I enjoyed some Caribbean blackened salmon, grains and veggies, and a massive slice of “Chocolate Overload” cake while reading¬†A Walk Across America, Part 2.

After awhile, I made plans to crash at a friends’ apartment. ¬†I met her subletter, who was extremely nice, and we actually ended up talking for a long time that evening!

This morning, I made plans to long run with a new teammate and another acquaintance who were both in the area. ¬†We met early at a local park and bike path, and I ran with them for 100 minutes (~13 miles) for a new personal distance record! ¬†I hadn’t spent too much time with either of them, but the run flew by as we all shared stories. ¬†At one point, one of them mentioned that we had already been running for almost an hour, and I was shocked!

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After 13 miles, I headed back to the locker room to stretch, roll out, and ice bath.  Talked to a couple track teammates that happened to be there at the same time.  Then, I headed into the historic area to wander around (read: get coffee and free fudge samples) at all the cute shops.

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I had never been in this Spice and Tea place before!  Their peach turmeric tea was amazing.

After running some errands, I went to tour the apartment complex that my roommate and I will be moving into this year! ¬†We’re excited to start planning the set-up.

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The most important part ūüėČ

Finally, I hit the road and drove home. ¬†Traffic wasn’t great, and it took a pretty long time. ¬†Stopped for a fruit-and-yogurt pit stop. ¬†I’m done driving long distances for awhile ūüėČ

Anyway, this solo trip was definitely out of routine for me. ¬†I am¬†not¬†the world’s most extroverted person, and I generally don’t spend hours talking to new people. ¬†But for the past 26 hours, I did! ¬†I met some awesome people, made plans that I wouldn’t normally make, was generally productive, and was also comfortable spending time with myself. ¬†I’m quite happy about this. ¬†To top it all off, this morning’s long run was¬†incredible! ¬†I felt like I could have gone farther and faster. ūüôā

Can’t stop won’t stop

Holy moly, there is so much to catch up on. ¬†First off, Happy Mother’s Day!

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The past two weeks have been crazy. ¬†I trained through to the conference championships with my team, and since I didn’t have any finals until last Wednesday, I actually drove ten hours round-trip to Delaware to watch them compete last weekend! ¬†It was rainy and cold, but there were some great performances, as well as¬†some not-so-great ones. ¬†My last run of the year was with my friend on some local trails, and it was great!

I took a week off from running and gave myself the freedom to eat whatever the heck I pleased and not feel the need to do core/strength/whatever.  It has been very freeing.  Break weeks are the time to let the body and mind recover.

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Chocolate chip cheesecake Cookout milkshake at 3:30 am pretty much sums up the whole break

Another awesome adventure included staying up all night and watching the sunrise at the beach with some other sleep-deprived friends.

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The two final exams that I took were both very difficult.  The accounting final murdered everyone in the class.  But we made it through!

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On Thursday, I packed up my entire room, loaded the car by myself, and drove home.  It was very tiring.  I already miss school!!

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this was depressing

I actually got into a little fender bender on the way home due to an unfortunate combination of torrential rain, drowsiness, and a loaded-up slowly-stopping car.  It was completely my fault but still shook me up a lot.

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Made some nice oatmeal at home

 

After spending all of Thursday packing, driving, and unpacking, I decided to go on another road trip with my roommate, and we drove up to New Jersey on Friday to watch our team compete at ECACs.  Princeton was super fun, even though it rained most of the time!

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We got back this evening. ¬†It’s been a whirlwind three days, but I’m¬†finally¬†home and don’t foresee any more road trips for at least a couple days! ¬†I have an incredible amount of unpacking, organizing, and planning to do…

This week, I’ll be running a few miles every other day and cross training if I feel like it. ¬†Real summer training will start up next week. ¬†So far, I don’t have a job lined up for the whole summer, but I’ll be doing a remote writing internship for most of the summer, as well as more short-term jobs. ¬†I would like to travel a lot and train hard, but I also need to save money for next year…

I’ll talk more about running once I start running more! ¬†For now, I am going to continue to eat all the foods, recover from three road trips in a week, and try to relax for a little while at least! ¬†It’s¬†unbelievable¬†that I’m a junior in college!!!

 

Travel adventures

(This was written yesterday evening)

Happy hump day! My team is currently en route to Penn State, where ten men and ten women will be racing on Friday. The WiFi on the bus isn‚Äôt working, so I can‚Äôt do homework‚Ķwhat a shame, right ūüėČ

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Fall break was fun! (I do have a ridiculous travel story.) I took another complete off day on Sunday, so most of the day was spent doing some of my favorite activities. My mom was doing her longest long run of marathon training (23 miles!!), so I met her about 5 miles in to pick up my dog and deliver her water belt and sunglasses.

fullsizerenderAfterwards, I made pumpkin waffles for breakfast and then went to my favorite farmer’s market! I also had brunch at a favorite hipster coffee place with one of my good friends. Afterwards, I went to Trader Joe’s and Victoria’s Secret (hey, gotta take advantage of the 7/$27.50 sale while it lasts!).

Lunch: lemon blueberry scone, almond milk cappuccino, and a spinach, cheddar, and poached egg breakfast sandwich on a honey IPA roll. Not exactly the most balanced meal, but it was amazing.

Anyway, travel story: I was supposed to be back on campus by Sunday night, since we had morning practice on Monday and Tuesday. So I made plans to take the train back on Sunday night. Unfortunately, I ended up getting on the wrong train (I got to the station right as the train was loading, and it matched my ticket so I got on). The conductor didn’t check tickets for a while, and at some point I noticed that we were going too far west. When he did check tickets, he said I was on the wrong train and that he would sort it out. I’m not the type of person to freak out over travel disruptions, and I figured I’d get to my destination eventually, so I just stayed calm.

The conductor came back and said I should get off at the next stop and he had rerouted my ticket for a bus that would take me halfway to my destination, and then there would be another bus that would take me the rest of the way. At this point, we were about two hours into the journey. I got off the train at the next stop, and sure enough, there was a bus that took me to the next point. However, when I got to the station and asked the clerk about the next bus, she looked at me funny and said, ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know why they told you that. There‚Äôs a train tomorrow morning, but no bus tonight.‚ÄĚ

Great.

 At this point, it was 9 pm, and I was stranded two-thirds of the way to campus. Still wasn’t freaking out, though, because luckily my roommate lives close to where I was.   She was already on campus, but I called her parents and spent the night at their house. Took the train the next morning, so I missed practice, but at least I eventually got to campus!

So, yeah. While fall break was relaxing schoolwork-wise, it was a tiny bit stressful travel-wise ūüėČ Oh, well! It was great to be home for a little bit.

Tuesday‚Äôs workout- the last before Penn State- went pretty well. We warmed up for 3 miles and then did 2×400, 5×800, 4×400 on an 800m grass field. With the grass, we were a little slower than on a track. We were a few seconds off the range that the coaches gave us, but we stayed consistent, and I thought we did well.

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Splits: 82, 82, 2:53, 2:53, 2:53, 2:57, 2:54, 81, 80, 79, 79. Personally, the fourth 800 was a struggle, but I pulled it together for the fifth one. We had 60 seconds of rest between the first set of 400s and 90 seconds between everything else (except for 2 minutes before the last 400).

This morning, I ran 5 miles on the trails, and I was definitely tired from the workout. That’s okay, though.

Side note: guess who’s gone 5 straight days without Wawa (me)! I’ve stuck to my 8 oz coffee limit for almost a week. Yesterday, I didn’t even have any. #killingit

Summer Training Week 6: long run gets longer

Summer 2016 week 6:

Monday: 7 miles Horseshoe Meadows Road at Mount Whitney, drills, strides
Tuesday: 8 miles Movie Road at Mount Whitney.  Slow + tired.  Push-ups + 10 min abs
Wednesday: 6 miles Horseshoe Meadows Road at Mount Whitney
Thursday: 7 miles Santa Clara river trail, drills, strides, 10 min abs
Friday: 3+ mile warm-up, 22 min tempo (6:20-6:30 pace, I think), 3 mile cool down = approx. 10 miles
Saturday: off.  Upper body strength + 10 min abs
Sunday: 12 miles @ 7:35 average

Total: 50 miles, 7 mile hike

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The first three days of this week were spent at Mount Whitney, and my brother and I woke up at 4:45 am every day to drive down the mountain so I could run!  (You rock, bro.)  I was definitely very tired while I was there and spent most of the time that I was not training/hiking/eating taking naps.  I was still tired on Thursday but expected that.

Flew home on Thursday night so I missed that day’s double (I was supposed to hit 53 miles this week). ¬†On Friday, I woke up early for the workout, which surprisingly went okay considering jet lag and travel tiredness. ¬†I had a buddy for the warm-up, cool-down, and 16 minutes of the tempo. ¬†It was definitely a workout rust-buster and a shock to the body, but we got through it!

On Sunday, I met up with a teammate for the first time since school ended, and we had so much to talk about that the first 9-10 miles flew by!  The weather was awesome, too- 65 degrees and cloudy/rainy.  Officially hit 12 miles for my long run for the first time!

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I stopped at the farmers’ market on the way home and picked up some tomatoes, peaches, arugula, garlic and herb goat cheese, and a fresh baguette. ¬†Made crostini for part of my lunch, but while I was at work, my idiot dog ate the rest of the baguette ūüė¶

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French bread, goat cheese, tomato, arugula, and balsamic vinegar

The upcoming week has 56 miles on the schedule, so another increase in mileage. ¬†We’ll see how it goes! ¬†I’m truly enjoying summer training since the weather is behaving, but I know that at some point I need to get used to the heat again…

Workout on Vacation

I’m a blog post behind on where I want to be, so I guess I’ll do the post I meant to write last week today and the one I meant to write today tomorrow.

Today’s post will feature weights’n’running from last Saturday and Sunday while I was in California.

Saturday: I went the fitness center at 5:30 am in order to take my mind off the fact that breakfast didn’t start until 7 ūüėČ (I was starving because I was on east coast time). ¬†The fitness center was pretty nice- it had two treadmills, two recumbent bikes, (a broken elliptical), some complicated unidentified tricep machine, a full rack of dumbbells, and a rack of medicine balls. ¬†I decided to focus on my arms because I was planning on going for a run later. Here was my arm workout:

2 x [10x bicep curls, 10x front arm lift]; 2x [10x shoulder raise, 10x rotating shoulder raise]; 2x [10x bent-over one-arm lift, 10x side-to-side with one dumbbell]

I used 10 lb dumbbells for everything except the last two exercises, in which I used one 20 lb dumbbell.

I also did medicine ball squat jumps in a square (jump left, jump backwards, jump right, jump forwards) and vice versa. ¬†I’m terrible at those because I always lose my balance and fall over. ¬†Then I did a 5 min easy jog on the treadmill for no particular reason. ¬†Afterwards, my brother and I did 6-minute abs. (We’re having a contest to see who has better abs; I’m winning)

Working out in the hotel fitness center in the wee hours of the morning... not posed at all ;)

Working out in the hotel fitness center in the wee hours of the morning… not posed at all ūüėČ

That afternoon, I did a 50-minute “exploration” run (meaning I made up the route as I went along because I had no idea where I was going)

Sunday: My workout was 8x600m…by myself. ¬†How fun. ¬†I couldn’t get to a track, so I did my workout around a park. ¬†It worked out well because it turned out that one loop on the sidewalk around the park was exactly 600 meters! ¬†It was also 75 degrees…a nice change from the normal 30 back home.

So that’s my traveling workout recap. ūüôā

The park where I did my workout

The park where I did my workout