Summer Training Week 12: 62 miles

Happy Sunday!  I wrapped up the highest mileage week of my life so far (62 miles) with 3.5 miles this morning.  I am TIRED.  In just 7 hours, I will be done with work for the summer and headed to a concert with my friend! 🙌

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Post-run breakfast: apple pie egg white oats with strawberries and chia/flax PB, along with plain Greek yogurt

Week 12 (8/7-8/13):

Monday: AM: 7 miles, felt good! Drills, strides, core, short nap.  PM: 3 miles, felt good but distracted.  Total: 10 miles.

Tuesday:  20 min warm-up, drills, 4 mile tempo on W&OD bike path (6:32, 6:29, 6:17, 6:05), 2 min recovery, 4 x [60,60], 20 min c/d.  Ice bath.  Felt completely out of whack.  Not a stellar workout.  Mentally unfocused, ugh.  Total = 10 miles.  Worked 12-5 pm.

Wednesday:  6 miles with my friend on canal.  It was almost chilly outside!  Core.  Worked 5-10 pm.

Thursday:  AM: drills, 7 miles, strides on turf (2 strides barefoot).  Legs felt exhausted but bearable throughout the run.  Push-ups, dips, pull-ups, and squats.  Worked 12-5 pm.  PM: 3 miles home from work.  Tired but decent.

Friday: Workout at park/lake with teammate!! 20 min warm-up, drills, 7-5-7-5 with 2 min recovery on trail loop, 2 mile cool down.  Didn’t feel fresh but it was SO FUN and we talked the entire time (including during the workout…we just had a lot to catch up on)!   Total: 9 miles.  Ice bath.  Worked 5-11 pm RIP.  Also, OMG EMMA COBURN AND COURTNEY FRERICHS.

Saturday: 13.5ish miles (mostly downhill to Roosevelt Island, back uphill on Custis trail and W&OD).  Listened to podcasts and it was actually pretty enjoyable!  A tiny bit longer than I meant to go because I did a loop from my house.

Sunday: 3.5 miles

Total: 62 miles

Monday was good, Tuesday through Thursday were not great- I just felt really tired and run-down.  Luckily, I had running buddies for a lot of this week’s runs.  Friday was AWESOME just being with my teammate, and Saturday’s long run went pretty smoothly!  Worked six days in a row this week while trying to hit high mileage, which was kind of unpleasant…I definitely have a tendency to get stuck in an intense, over-the-top rut with summer training, but I had a couple good conversations with teammates that reminded me to relax.
It was nice and cool in the mornings this week, which was a pleasant change that made it a little easier to get out the door.
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Long run views!

Yesterday was the longest run I’ve done so far!  I went out for 100 minutes, since that’s what we did the last time I ran 13 miles, but my phone’s Health app said I had gone almost 14 miles at the end.  I don’t know how accurate it was, but my body sure felt like I’d gone that long!
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I didn’t sleep that well this week.  Tried to fit in naps wherever possible, which usually happened to be like 10:30 am and made me feel completely discombobulated for the rest of the day…oh well 😉 Nutrition was pretty strong!  Since I worked so many shifts, most of my lunches and dinners were “clean-out-the-fridge” meals eaten out of aesthetic Tupperwares at work.  We had the week off from lift, so I’m feeling a bit like a noodle.
In non-running news, I finished A Walk West (the second installment of A Walk Across America) and started What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day.  So far, I really like it.  Finally making a crack at the 5-for-$3 books from the used bookstore!
Tomorrow is our training trip!!  I CAN’T WAIT.  I went to Harris Teeter and Trader Joe’s this morning to stock up for the trip and managed to get 10 Siggi’s yogurts for $10 thanks to coupons and sales!  It was #lit.  It was only when I left the store that I realized I’m moving out in nine days.  There is a lot of yogurt in my immediate future.  Why am I like this…
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Generally stick to store-brand, but this was 10 for $10!!

Planning on dropping it down this coming week unless I feel shockingly good.  Overall, I’m sore, achey, and wish I could sleep instead of going to work today.  But just gotta get through one more shift!  #doitforthecarfund
Almost work time!  LAST SHIFT LEGGOOO.  Listening to Ed Sheeran’s older music while I get ready 🙂

Summer Training Week 10 (51 miles + 60 min swim)

It was 60 degrees when I woke up this morning!

Crazy.

Anyway, happy Sunday!  I was planning on sleeping in, but my body always has other plans…so a 5:45 am wake-up it was.  After writing for awhile, I made some waffles and went to the farmer’s market.

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Week 10 (7/24-7/30):

Monday:  AM: drills, 7 miles with friends on sidewalks/bike path, strides, difficult core circuit!  Legs felt fresh thanks to off day yesterday.  PM: Kayaked on the Potomac with some friends.  Ultimately decided not to double.  Definitely thought about that decision way too much! Ugh.

Tuesday:  AM: pre-early-workout ate toast with almond butter and banana. 2 mile warm-up, drills, 30 minute tempo, 26 minute cool down (that was an accident- I ran too far down the canal during the tempo haha).  Tempo felt strong- it was long, but I was not dead at the end!  Nuun and Picky bar between workout and lift.  Lift day 1.  Ice bath.  Worked 12-5 pm.  Quite tired after, but solid morning!  Abs are sore

Wednesday:  AM: 3 miles.  Sore from lift!  Nice weather.  Worked 12-5.  PM: 30 min swim.  Was very enjoyable 🙂

Thursday: AM: drills, 7 miles, strides on turf (finally did strides somewhere besides the asphalt!!), ate an energy bite between run and lift, lift day 2.  Lift went well!  PRed on farmer’s holds.  PM: 2 miles, humid/hot but felt good.  Worked 5-10 pm.

Friday: pre-workout ate toast with almond butter and banana. 2 mile warm-up on bike path, drills, 6 x [4:00h, 2:00e], 2 mile cool down.  Went well!  I was mentally strong.  Ice bath.  Solo road trip.

Saturday: 13ish miles (100 minutes) on trails/bike path.  Personal distance record!  This was a pretty awesome run!  I felt like I could have gone faster and farther.  Ice bath.

Sunday: 30 min swim

Total: 51 miles + 60 minutes swimming

This was a good week!  I didn’t have any “bad” runs and had two lovely swims.  For the most part, I slept pretty well and felt good about my nutrition this week.  It’s hard for me to be comfortable all the time with the sheer amount of food we have to eat with the level of training that we’re doing, but I’m just trying not to overthink it and listen to my body 🙂
I went kayaking with friends on Monday afternoon and am a little embarrassed to admit that I spent way too long thinking about whether or not I should double.  In the end, I did not double, had a lot of fun kayaking, and felt better on all my runs because I did not double.  Sheesh, Kathryn.
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Both workouts were super strong mentally…I have no idea what pace I was going (except for the one 1/2-mile split that I actually checked on Friday was 2:55).  I didn’t check my watch until 28 minutes into Tuesday’s 30 minute tempo, which was great!
Lifts went well.  I went hard on Tuesday and was noticeably sore for two days.
#Transparency: My period has not appeared for three months (no, I’m not pregnant).  I’m fueling properly and don’t think I’m overtraining, so that’s a little concerning and annoying.  Making a note of it here so I keep it in mind.
Didn’t do any yoga…again…
Well, that’s that!  Another week of training in the books.  A few more weeks until our training trip and less than a month until fall semester!

Summer Training Week 8 (54 miles)

Happy National Ice Cream Day!  After an easy 4 miles and core this morning, I dog sat, perused the farmer’s market, and have been checking various chores off my to-do list.  It’s been a busy week; I’ve worked every single day, and one more shift stands in the way of me and a day off 😉

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Week 7 (7/10-7/16):

Monday:  AM: drills, glutes, 7 miles,  strides.  I felt pretty crappy and was cranky on this run.  Core circuit.  PM: 3 miles neighborhood trail.  1 hour slow flow yoga class.  Got sick afterwards and puked/laid in bed all evening.

Tuesday:  AM: nothing: still sick.  Felt very achey/tired/lethargic, hibernated all day.  PM: 7 miles at 8:00 pace on treadmill.  Feet hurt by the end but body felt surprisingly okay.

Wednesday:  5 miles at Roosevelt Island.  Probably one of the top 5 worst runs I’ve ever had.  Heavy legs, felt off balance and achey, and it was super warm and humid.  But at least I did it!  Lift day 1: felt okay.

Thursday:  AM: fartlek on canal: 2 mile warm-up, 1-1-1-2-2-2-3-3-2-2-2-1-1-1 min on with 1 min recovery between everything, 2 mile cool down.  Very humid/muggy.  Didn’t feel amazing, but much better than Wednesday.  Ice bath.  PM: 2 miles at 8:10 pace on treadmill.  Very tired, and sore feet/legs!  Total = 11 miles

Friday: AM: 5 miles sidewalks.  Tired but progressively better.  Very humid/hot.  Lift day 2, unfortunately disrupted by some really horrible interactions.  The lift went pretty well, but I was not in a good mindset and therefore it didn’t feel as quality as it could have.  PM: was going to swim, but thunderstorms closed the pool, so I reluctantly took the afternoon off (which I definitely needed!!)

Saturday:  4 mile warm-up, 4 mile tempo (6:30, 6:33, 6:19, 6:12), 4 mile cool down all on bike path.  95% humidity.  Tempo was hard but got progressively mentally stronger throughout.  I knew I would need something extra, so I ate a citrus Clif energy gel after the tempo (so after 8 miles), and I don’t know if it was a placebo effect, but the last 4 miles felt surprisingly good!  Sore toes.  Ice bath. (Total: 12 miles)

Sunday: 4 miles + core

Total: 54 miles

This week was just weird.  I got sick on Monday and really didn’t feel well for about 5 days total.  Running wasn’t super fun, and I was annoyed that my mileage was lower than I wanted it to be.  Also, I managed to do 3 runs on soft-ish surfaces (yay!) but my legs were still super heavy and the constant, miserable heat and humidity didn’t help…

But I tried to listen to my body, and I’m proud of myself for taking Friday afternoon off (haha I’m aware how ridiculous that sounds).  I finally started to feel not-dead on Friday night.  Saturday’s long run took awhile to get into, and the tempo really did not feel great. So I was going to do 2×2 miles, and then “get to 3 miles and reevaluate”, but I got to 3 miles and felt progressively stronger so ended up doing 4 🙂  And I’m now an energy gel believer haha.

I’ve turned into a hermit that only runs and works.  I know my mindset was kinda crazy this week, so one of the things I’ll work on this coming week is not treating every run/mileage like the be-all, end-all of cross country success.  I have a tendency to micro-analyze every week and compare it to last year, etc. etc. etc.  I do really want to hit higher mileage, but I’m trying to remind myself that consistency is key!  There’s no need to rush things, especially after the spring semester…

One of the things I will try to incorporate this coming week is positive mantras.  Even a short phrase can re-center yourself and remind you of what’s important.  I go to a slow flow yoga class every week, and the instructor’s end-of-class mantra is “You are strong.  You are awesome.  You are inspiring.”  Heck yes, we all are!  Power poses can also play a big role in re-establishing yourself and getting out of a short-term funk.  I sound like such a hippie 😉 but I will incorporate these techniques.

Other random happenings:

  • My baby brother turned 13!
  • I finished reading A Walk Across America and re-read Born to Run and Eat and Run.  I’m a fan of all three books.  Now I’m reading Reconstructing Amelia.

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  • I poached eggs in a muffin tin for the first time.  They were delicious!  Just pop em in the oven for like 10 minutes.
  • Made Spicy Peanut Pad Thai for dinner one night (recipe from runonveg.com).  It was really good!  I used shrimp instead of tofu.  Also didn’t have aminos so used soy sauce, but that made it way too soy-sauce-y, so I had to add a bunch of honey to the sauce, haha.
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National Ice Cream Day concoction in the works.  Hint: involves three types of dough

  • Decompressed every night by eating lots of dessert and binge-watching The Great British Baking Show (until 10 pm because #earlyriserprobs)

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  • My coach shared with us the article, “Mindsets: Developing Talent Through a Growth Mindset” by Carol Dweck.  It was a really good read- I would recommend it to any athletes (or anyone!).  She also had us think about our beliefs about natural talent and effort.
  • I tend to align more with a fixed mindset in terms of “concealing deficiencies” and sometimes have trouble accepting criticism.  However, I have a growth mindset when it comes to Rule #2: “Work with passion and dedication- effort is key.”  Just some personal food for thought.

My goals (running and non-running) this week are to: have fun outside of training because I kind of failed at that this week; be less rigid with training and don’t stress about workouts; do something nice for someone every day; practice listening rather than just waiting until someone is done talking and then jumping in with whatever I have to say; plan more fall semester stuff; read a lot; stay off my phone!

The Mile

I raced my very first full mile on Saturday!  Because of my lower leg issues, my coaches and I didn’t decide if I was racing until a couple days before the meet.  I knew I was in decent shape, but I’ve been training more for the 3k and have only been doing one workout per week as a precautionary measure, so I wasn’t really sure what I could do in the mile.

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The meet was 2.5 hours away and the bus was leaving at 8 am, so after a low-key night of cooked cinnamon apples and Interstellar…

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I got up at 6:30 to do my shakeout, shower, and eat breakfast.  I ate oatmeal and blueberry acai yogurt for an early breakfast and packed a PB&J, banana, chocolate chip Clif bar, orange, Sabra hummus and pretzels, and another blueberry acai yogurt to bring to the meet.  I ate the banana and half the sandwich about 3 hours before the race.

Two and a half hours later, we rolled up to the meet.  Two of my teammates and I warmed up for about 20 minutes and did dynamic stretches, skips, and strides.  We lined up, the gun went off, and we were off.

I had never raced a full mile before, so it was weird lining up nine meters before the “normal” starting line.  The first lap was a bit of a madhouse, with twelve pairs of elbows flying and legs tripping each other up.  I found myself out in the third lane on the back stretch.  The clock said 40 or 41 as I passed it the first time, and I freaked out that we were going too slow for a second before realizing that-duh- that was for 209 meters.

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I have no idea what my splits were, but I think I passed halfway in 2:38, maybe?  I know my splits dropped off a little in the second half since I stuck behind two girls that were slowing down, but I eventually passed them.

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I waited until 200 meters out to kick even though my coach had wanted me to kick from much farther out, but I passed two more people and crossed the finish line in 5:17.07.

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I was hoping I’d crossed the line at 5:16.xx, but according to online conversions, a 5:17.07 full mile on a flat track converts to 5:15.23 for 1600 meters and 5:13.9 full mile on a banked track!  I’ll take it.  I haven’t even really been doing speedwork or many workouts at all.  It’s a solid point for the first race after break.

Afterwards, we jogged for a few minutes, did 8 minutes at an up-tempo pace (a little slower than pace run pace), and cooled down for about 12 minutes.  Total mileage for the day was about 8.5.

Last week’s training:

Monday: 6 miles, drills, strides, strength circuit
Tuesday: AM: hip stability, strength, ice cup at the trainer.  PM: 20 min w-u, 10 min tempo, 5 x [:60h, :30e], 5 min tempo, 5 x [:60h, :30e] w/ a couple min rest between each thing.  10ish min c-d.  Total: 9 miles
Wednesday: 60 minutes aqua jog, mini run (8 min) at the trainer
Thursday: 6 miles, drills, strides, strength circuit/abs, yoga
Friday: 4 miles pre-meet, strides
Saturday: 2 mile shakeout, 20 min w-u, mile (5:17.07), 22 min workout/c-d. Total: 8.5 miles
Sunday: 9 miles MR+

Total: 42.5 miles, 60 min XT, extra strength

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Post- 9 mile MR+ treats (the Wawa cup is half coffee, half hot chocolate)

I’ve been absolutely ravenous for the past few days and shoveling in all the fruits and vegetables and yogurt and potatoes and bagels and nut butter and chicken and ice cream I can possibly get my hands on.  I guess we’re hitting that point in training/racing!  The next couple weeks are probably going to hit me pretty hard what with travel, more intense schoolwork, increases in mileage and intensity, and more racing.  I’ll just try to take it as it comes, listen to my body, fuel properly, try to get in a solid sleep routine, and focus on my goals.  We had a team goal session today, and I shared one of my time goals; I’d really like to run 10:15 or faster in the 3k this year.  I shared it.  It’s real.  It’s on the table.  I might race a 3k on Saturday.  I’m feeling good about my fitness right now, so I’d just like to keep taking things as they come and see where that leads me.

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

SKYDIVING

[First things first: my latest running news.

Friday: 6×800 between 2:57 and 3:01.  Saturday: 60 minutes (didn’t use my watch GPS so I have no idea what pace/how far I went).  Monday: 2×200 at 35, 36; 2×400 at 82, 77; 2×800 at 2:53, 2:52; 2×400 at 77, 81; 2×200 at strides pace.]

The majority of my spring break was pretty boring.  I make a to-do list every night for the next day, and my lists over spring break looked pretty much the same every day.  Example: “Make bed.  Fold laundry.  Breakfast: oatmeal.  6×800 and 8 minute abs.  Clean bathroom/kitchen/whatever.  Read anthro book.  Start math homework (that never happened).  Target: conditioner and mouthwash.  Make dinner/wash dishes.”

However…

Yesterday was different.  Sundays are generally my rest days, so I didn’t have to run.  I woke up around 7:30, packed some food, printed out directions… and headed off with my friend to go skydiving!!!

As soon as my friend turned eighteen (three weeks ago), we wasted no time in planning this trip.  Skydiving is one of those things that goes on a bucket list and never gets checked off, but we were determined to check it off.

We got to the skydiving facility at 10:45 am; it consisted of a warehouse-like building, a small runway, several small planes, and a landing field.  We filled out the paperwork (“don’t sue us if you die”, basically), received some training…and then waited for 4 and a half hours.  Strong winds were responsible for one hour of that delay, but finally we tightened our jumpsuits, put on our helmet hats, and boarded the small plane.  There were two benches inside the plane, and the two of us (plus our instructors) were the only tandem jumpers in the group.

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The jumpsuits aren’t exactly flattering 😉

We flew up to 14,000 feet, and the individual jumpers jumped first.  Finally, the only people left in the plane were our instructors, the camera/video guy, and us.

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During the flight

Pretty much the only time I was a little apprehensive was at the end of the flight before we jumped.  Personally, it was more overwhelming to watch other people jump than to jump yourself!

My friend jumped before me, so my instructor and I were the last ones in the plane.  We crouched at the door, and then all of a sudden we jumped!

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The first few seconds were exhilarating, but as we leveled out from vertical, I realized I couldn’t breathe.  Oops!  I didn’t enjoy the free fall as much as I should’ve because I was focused on the lack of oxygen in my lungs, but it was still a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  For some reason, falling through the air at 125 miles per hour didn’t scare me at all!

Side note: it is impossible to smile when your cheeks are being pressed up to your forehead.  The below picture is the only one where my face is not contorted into ridiculous positions 😉

IMG_5908After about a minute of free falling (which is a LONNNGGG time!), my instructor pulled the parachute and we swung up back to vertical and slowed down dramatically.

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The scenic 5 minute parachute flight was much more…relaxing…than the free fall.  I could breathe!!  We floated about 4,000 feet down, complete with turns and spirals which were amazing.  The winds got pretty strong as we entered the last 500 feet or so, but my instructor managed to land us perfectly without any difficulty.

We hadn’t eaten lunch, so we stopped at Noodles and Company and then gorged ourselves on hot Krispy Kreme doughnuts! (Is there anything better than a hot Krispy Kreme doughnut…no)  My amazing friend did all the driving, and we got home around 8, when I promptly gorged myself on the lamb and potatoes and apple crisp that my mom had made for Easter dinner.

All in all, skydiving was pretty much the craziest thing I’ve ever done, and I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again! (if I could afford to do it that often…)  I definitely need to work on my photogenic skydiving face, though!

 

 

 

Spring break: rough running

It’s spring break week!  Unfortunately, I’m staying at home for the duration of this break.  Mostly everyone else is on vacation in exotic locations, so I’ve run alone all week.

Monday was supposed to be 5×1000, but I felt pretty awful and only did 3×1000 and 2×500 (with double the rest time).  I tried to put that workout behind me and had a pretty decent run on Tuesday (40 minutes/5.1 miles).  Wednesday brought 8-10 x 400, and I recruited my friend to do the workout at the same time as me!  She’s slower than me, but it was definitely a plus to have her working out at the same time.  We kept each other honest. 😉  I ended up doing 8×400 and 2×200 with 200 rest (and 400 after the fourth 400); my body still didn’t feel very good, but I went 81, 81, 81, 80, 81, 80, 79, 78 and 37, 36.  It could’ve been worse considering I was running by myself (agaaaainnnn).

Today was an easy 35-40 minutes, but it was by far the worst run of the week so far.  I stopped at least 6 times (stoplights, general fatigue, etc.) and even though I was running easy (8:20ish pace), any pace that I ran felt impossible.  It was just one of those days, I guess.

I haven’t decided what I’m going to do tomorrow; I’m thinking either a tempo run, long intervals (1000-1600), or aqua jogging.  Depends on how I feel.

I currently have cinnamon apple bread in the oven, and hopefully it will be delicious!  It’s a beautiful day (70 degrees and sunny), so I took my dog to the dog park and he was very happy.  I think I need to reset mentally because the past few days have been pretty negative towards running.  Miss my running buddies 😦

First real week of training: 32 miles

Hi everyone!! Today was the first day of spring break, and I am so glad that I have a week or so to relax (with interspersed homework, running, and SKYDIVING, of course!)

To catch up on what’s been happening over the past week:

I got sick last Saturday and therefore took a total of four more days off.  My first day back running was Monday; while everyone else did mile repeats on the track, I went for an easy 4.5 mile run with one of the guys on my team.  It felt pretty good, but I was still congested.  I remained congested and cautious about my lungs all week.

Tuesday brought another 4.5 mile run, nothing interesting.

On Wednesday, our school hosted a track meet, but I knew I shouldn’t race, so I did mile repeats on the track before the meet started.  I only did 3 because I still had a hacking cough and congestion, but I went 6:20, 6:20, 6:15.  Nothing too challenging, but certainly not easy.

I ran for 40 minutes after tutoring and missing practice on Thursday, and it was not the greatest run ever.  My legs and lungs were tired, and I never got my breathing into a rhythm.  Also, the temperature randomly skyrocketed up to 75 DEGREES!!  I was drenched in sweat by the end…this body is used to below-freezing weather!

Friday brought another track workout.  2 x [200 hard, 200 easy, 400 hard, 400 easy, 800 hard, 400 easy, 400 hard, 200 easy, 200 hard, 400 easy].  I ran 35-36 for the hard 200s, between 78-82 for the 400s, 2:58 for the first 800, and 2:49 for the second 800!  Although it was a pretty short workout (4000m of speed), it was encouraging to know that I’m not completely out of shape and can still hit some decent paces during a workout.

Today was my “long” run.  The temperatures had dropped back down to the 30s, and I was originally only going to go for around 50 minutes because I didn’t want to add too much too soon.  But I got to 25 minutes and felt pretty good, so I turned around at 27:30…and my phone turned off because it was too cold!  No music for the second half of the run 😦 but I felt really good during the second half.  In total, I completed 7 miles at a 7:40 average pace, with a 7:15 last mile!  I negative-splitted (negative splat?) by 90 seconds in the second half of the run…oops.

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I love having a watch that works

We went to a Thai restaurant for dinner, and I ate a crazy amount of pad thai, spring rolls, beef with basil, and garlic shrimp.  Our favorite ice cream place was right across the street, so of course we had to stop!  I got a chocolate fudge brownie sundae…hey, splurging is living!!

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It was huge, and I am disappointed to say that I could not manage to eat the whole thing

In total, I put in about 32 quality miles this week.  A big improvement from the 14 I ran last week!  I’m hoping spring break will be good for me.

In other news, I got into my first choice college!  AND I will hopefully be running for them next year!!  Nothing definite yet, but it’s definitely on the horizon!

Fun fact: if you want to feel bad and lowly and like you have no talents, go search “Emily Bear piano.”  She’s INCREDIBLE.  I usually feel pretty good about myself for being reasonably musically talented, but she possesses UNREAL talent.

Workouts: “Slow” and steady or fly and die?

I’ve been mulling something over for the past few days, and I haven’t completely decided what my opinion is on the topic.  —-Sorry for no pictures!!—-

As you well know, I am a high school runner, so because of that, I do almost all my workouts with my team.  There’s one teammate that I consistently work out with, and there are about four other girls of varying speeds in our workout group.

Here’s the debate topic: When the two of us are assigned a certain range for our repeats, the other girls ignore their workout paces and just fall in behind us. This is going to sound snarky, but none of them can calculate splits, so when the two of us calculate our splits, the other girls just go off of ours.  For example, if we’re aiming for a 2:55 800 and the other girls are supposed to run a 3:05, they just run a 2:55 with us.

Of course, this results in nobody finishing the workout except for the two of us who actually run our paces.  If it’s a 6-8×800 workout, most of the other girls rarely make it past 4 800s before they have to stop or modify their workout.  This is what I refer to as a “fly and die” workout.  Meanwhile, the two of us almost always complete our “steady” workout, usually finishing the last few repeats faster than we started.

I don’t think there has been a single workout yet this season where five girls started and five girls finished.  I’ll readily admit, I’ve dropped out of a couple as well, one due to me being out of shape and one (the one a few days ago) due to weird abnormal fatigue/shortness of breath.

Anyway…

Should the other girls continue their fly and die tactics?  Is it better to run fewer, faster repeats until you can’t hang on anymore?  Maybe it doesn’t matter, but the two of us lean more towards races like the 3200, while the other girls are milers, 1000 runners, etc.  Should we take that into account?  I just wish the other girls would calculate and stay true to their own splits in order to finish their workouts; I think I support the “steady” workout more than fly and die.  Even if the other girls were faster than us two (which one of them almost definitely will be come outdoor track), I would still wish they’d finish their workouts.  It seems as though modifying or dropping out of every workout takes its toll mentally as well as physically.

How is spring break already over??

I’m a terrible person because I’ve been trying to publish something- anything- for four days and just haven’t gotten around to it!

Happy Easter to everyone, no matter if you are super religious or if you used to be super religious but are now a Christmas-and-Easter-churchgoer. (Guess who the latter applies to)

I finally have my driver’s license!! Now there’s just the issue of acquiring a car…what with my current savings, I see that happening when I’m, oh, maybe 35.  I did go on my first official errand, though, to Harris Teeter for vanilla ice cream!

My driving instructor came into the house to have my mom sign all the necessary papers, and my eighth-grade brother was singing some sort of pop song, in falsetto, at the top of his lungs upstairs.  So my driving instructor went, in his thick accent, “Is he auditioning for American Idol?”

Maybe it was a had-to-be-there moment.

Spring break has gone well for the most part.  I’m definitely behind on my homework/SAT prep, but that’s to be expected.  I typed up a long, boring post about my road trip last week, but probably no one wants to read about what I did every second of the day, so here’s the Cliffs Notes version: My mom and I road-tripped Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday touring colleges, resulting in some gigantic not-so-healthy meals because we went out for lunch and dinner every day. Luckily, I’ve gotten back on the nutrition train for the most part, aside from a few froyo field trips to celebrate me not failing my driver’s test. 😉

Spring break training

  • Saturday 4/12: 50 min run + core + push-ups
  • Sunday: off
  • Monday: mile warm-up, 6x800m w/ 2-3 min jog, 800 cool down while accidentally trespassing (I think) on some random track in North Carolina. Very humid. Yuck.
Post-humid morning workout on the track we weren't supposed to be at.

Post-humid morning workout on the track we weren’t supposed to be using.

  • Tuesday: 40 min treadmill + core + weights in the hotel fitness room
  • Wednesday: mile warm-up, descending ladder- 1200, 1000, 800, 600, 300 w/ 3 min jog between each, 1200 cool down + core
  • Thursday: 40 min run + core + push-ups
  • Friday: 10 min warm-up, 20 min tempo, 10 min cool down
  • Saturday: long run- 8 miles.  Morning weight lifting + abs.  Mom was late coming to drop me off at a spot on the trail so I had to improvise some quick pre-long run fueling…spoonfuls of peanut butter and jelly!

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  • Sunday: off

In typical teenage fashion, I discovered on my long run that your phone (which I was carrying to listen to music) makes a very good distraction from the pain you’re putting yourself through.  Have you ever tried texting while running? It’s difficult, man!  I ended up sending my friends short videos of me narrating my run because I was a) bored, b) in pain, c) mentally dysfunctional, and d) it’s really, really hard to type while running so naturally videos are the way to go.

Here are some other snippets of my spring break:

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I don’t even know what this face is… enjoying the return of warmish weather. Should’ve brought sunglasses. #selfie

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My breakfast every day for the past month.  Oatmeal made with milk, buried under a mountain of bananas, strawberries, frozen raspberries, almond butter, and cinnamon. ❤

More highlights to come.

My next “goal” race- the mile- is in six days! Yikes!  I wish it wasn’t right after spring break because that’s notoriously the time when everyone is out of shape.  However, I did PR in the two mile nine days ago, and I’ve had a solid week of solo spring break training, so hopefully the race won’t be too bad.