Summer Training Week 1

It’s that time of year again- summer training recap time!  I’ve done this for the past two years, and it’s fun to be able to look back at training from past years.

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Nutrition is an important part of summer training, so here is a pretty parfait 🙂

The 16-mile week doesn’t really count, so I’m going to say that last week was my first week of summer training 🙂

Week 1: (5/22-5/28)

Monday: 4 miles on bike path + some yoga
Tuesday: 4 miles into 30 min bike + lower body lift
Wednesday: 60 min bike
Thursday: 5 miles on bike path + drills and strides + core.  First run in new shoes.
Friday: 4 miles into 30 min bike + upper body lift
Saturday: 6 miles on bike path
Sunday: off

Total: 23 miles + 120 min XT

This first week was okay.  The runs and cross trains felt fine, but unfortunately my bunion really hurt on almost every run.  At home, I don’t have access to the laser and stim/compex and other resources that the training room provides, so I’m going to have to get creative with treatment to keep this pain under control.

What I can do: warm Epsom salt foot soaks, ice baths, rolling, stretching/mobility, topical anti-inflammatory treatment.

On a more positive note, both lifts went really well.  We jumped right back into the full lift routine, so I was so sore after Tuesday!  My hamstring felt like it might rip off my body.  But the soreness has subsided, and I have a nice baseline for my fitness.  I’m excited to get stronger this summer!

Non-training highlights from this week:

A couple of my teammates came up to visit, and we explored Georgetown on an overcast day:

Jazz in the Garden on the Mall with a friend:

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I made cha siu baos from scratch for the first time (it was a two-day process, but so worthwhile):

…and my mom and I went shopping (*groan*) and explored our favorite farmer’s market (*cheers*)!

My goals for this coming week include:

  • Spend less time on my phone, especially before bed
  • Be proactive about bunion pain
  • Two yoga sessions and glute activation
  • Try to get more quality sleep!  I wake up naturally at or before 6 am, so I need to go to bed early to account for this
  • Continue quality nutrition
  • Start my remote writing internship!
  • Focus on non-cooking hobbies as well, such as playing piano, knitting, reading, and writing

 

Summer Training Week 1

I figured I’d write similar recaps as last year for this summer!  Can you believe it’s been a year since I first started college training?  I remember getting my schedule for the first time last year and feeling apprehensive out of my mind upon seeing “39 miles” for week 4.  And here I am, approximately 2,000 miles later!

Summer 2016 week 1 (5/22-5/29):

  • Monday: 4 miles, abs, push-ups/pull-ups/dips, 20 min yoga
  • Tuesday: 5 miles, leg lift
  • Wednesday: 60 minutes pool (40 swim, 20 aqua jog), abs
  • Thursday: AM: 4 miles, push-ups/pull-ups/dips. Very humid and didn’t feel great. PM: 6 mile hike with friends
  • Friday: 5 miles, abs.  Super humid and tired from hike/sun
  • Saturday: 60 minutes stationary bike
  • Sunday: 6 miles, abs.  Hot.

Total: 24 miles, 120 min XT, 6 mile hike

This week’s runs were all pretty short, but some of them felt loooong.  I’ve never done well in the heat or humidity, and I need to re-acclimate to both!  Trying to keep the “if 5 miles feels this hard, how am I going to do 12??” thoughts out of my mind 🙂

I’m also trying to spend time outdoors in the heat in order to acclimate further!  We went to Roosevelt Island the other day, and it made for a beautiful afternoon walk.  “The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased and not impaired in value.”

Nutrition-wise: I ate fairly well for most of this week, but then we had a little dinner party on Saturday night.  My mom went crazy with the cooking and I went crazy with the eating 😉  So I’ve needed a few days to recover from that.  Also, now that I’ve entered the base-building phase, I’ve been playing around with my macronutrient goals and seeing how 45C/30F/25P works for me once again.  I’ll let you know!

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Can we take a minute to appreciate how photogenic this breakfast is?  I tried Kodiak cakes for the first time, and they were a delicious, protein-packed breakfast with some butter, maple syrup, and melted frozen raspberries.  Along with coffee and Greek yogurt, of course. 😉

I also made zucchini oatmeal for the first time (meh…at least it was pretty) and then a “waffle” made out of egg and shredded zucchini.  It was pretty much a waffle-shaped frittata!

I start working on Tuesday, so I’m not sure how much weekday free time I’ll have to check things off on my summer bucket list…which keeps getting longer as I spontaneously add whatever I see that looks interesting!  It’s like three pages long…oops.  This week, in addition to working, I have 32 miles and four cross training days on schedule.