cross-country-season

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Just a lil’ compilation of Saturday morning. I’ve been babying my knee this week & have taken to the elliptical (see previous freak out post from yesterday, lol). Today is my long run day, so that meant trying to simulate a 12-13 mile run through cross training. It wasn’t fun. And it definitely wasn’t pretty; I couldn’t believe how much sweat I had dripping off of me by the end. But I gutted it out. Prayers are appreciated so that I can run again next week and hopefully don’t have to elliptical for that long again (or hopefully ever).

Despite this setback, I’m feeling relatively optimistic. If Emily Infeld can cross train her way to an Olympic team, then I can cross train my way to one hell of a cross country season if I have to. I’m going to get faster. I’m going to get fitter. And I’m going to kick some ass.

Also, I’ve been DYING for blueberry pancakes and finally let myself have them this morning. They were AMAZING.

Summer before my senior year of high school I decided I really wanted to be a champion. I wanted to win, I wanted to be that athlete that always got articles in the newspapers and medals at every meet. That summer I trained the hardest I ever have in my whole life. Every morning I would wake up at 6:00 am to run 8 miles, or do a workout. On the weekends I would do a long run, my longest being 15 miles. I was totaling at least 50 miles each week and each day I would train by myself. Quietly hoping to come in that fall and be great. The first race of my cross country season I ran a 5k in a PR of 20:45. After that things went downhill. I got plantar fasciitis and struggled to simply walk around school. When I would run, my body was constantly fatigued and my foot would be in so much pain. I consistently ran around a 22-23 minute in all my 5ks and was placing no where even close to the top girls. I felt like my entire world was falling down around me. I gave up so much for this, I made so many sacrifices in every aspect of my life, especial socially, and it just wasn’t paying off. As indoor track started the plantar fasciitis went away but the fatigue in my body worsened. I hoped to break my PR of 12:02 in the 3200, but that season I struggled to break 13 minutes, only doing so a couple times. As I went into indoor track, I decided to see a doctor. Something wasn’t right. Sure enough I was anemic due to an iron deficiency. I started taking iron pills and my times got faster and faster and I got stronger and stronger. The picture shown above is me after I won my first race ever. That’s all I ever wanted… all of the passion, dedication, hard work, the early mornings of my pushing myself to run 6 mile repeats on the track alone, the nights of saying no to hanging out with my friends so I could get my sleep, finally it all paid off. It’s silly, I won the 1600 at a small meet with only a few teams running a 5:48 (pretty bad I know) but the whole feeling of winning was something I had always wanted. I couldn’t help but break down into tears after finishing. I am now in my freshman year of college and ran a 5k this season in 18:45. I go to a D2 school and came in hoping I would be top 7, but I am the 3rd place runner on my team right now. I have become a stronger and faster runner. I am proud of myself for continuing to dream even when it was hard. Things seemed hopeless, but you should never ever give up. It may take some time, sometimes years, for your hard work to pay off, but it will. This, right here, is why I run. I want the feeling of winning again and I am so determined to do it. I have 4 years in college to make it happen, and I know I can.

An edit to this: I ended my cross country season as an all american, placing 35th at d2 nationals. So far this indoor track season I have ran a 9:58 3k, 5:08 mile, and 17:28 5k. It’s amazing what can happen if you just believe!

Facebook reminded me that 3 years ago, I broke a 34 year old school record in the 3200m. I have been injured ever since January 2015. Stress fractures simply love my left leg, as they have decided to invite themselves over 5 times without letting me know ahead of time. The last time I raced was at Footlocker Nationals in December 2014, I had a lot of hope in running after the track and cross country seasons in 2014.
For the next 5/2 years, the thought of never running fast again due to factors out of my control made me feel as if my life was out of control. Topping the other negative things that happened which were not my fault, I lost plenty of motivation.

During the last month, I’ve felt the most content since 2014 because I completely let go of things that I can not control. I’ve reached a threshold where I was tired of being unhappy with myself. I forced myself to stop caring about things out of my control, stopped comparing myself to who I was in the past, and stopped going on social media every day, it worked.

I still plan to run again by taking it one day at a time, living in the moment, focusing on things in my control, and finding the positives in every situation by seeing everything as a learning opportunity. Hopefully running can come together and be lit again.

I’m still setting records, but this time, I set a record in life persistence. If I knew that if this were to happen to running in 2014, I would have became a salty person, but now, I know better. However, in a way, not running has allowed me to find my passion in video game design and art, that I am designing my own game today.

The only time that you should look back is to see how far you’ve come.

anonymous asked:

Im going into high school this year, my brother graduated 2 weeks ago, and I'm so excited! Im taking Art as my elective and I'm going to join Drama club and try out for the track and cross country team when the season opens up! Ive always secretly loved school, and even though I've been done since last monday, i just can't stop thinking about going! I start in August and I'm taking all honors and 2 softmore classes!Anyways there was no point in me msging you that lol. (& i want parenthood)

hey congrats! im a super big school lover i just love learning that sounds so exciting!! i cant wait for you youre gonna do great and have loads of fun! <3

anonymous asked:

I've been working on getting back into shape for the upcoming cross country season and I ran 2.83 miles today! I felt good afterwards too, didn't have to take many breaks during each mile. It's not huge, but it's a start. I went out right after it stopped raining like haha joke's on you, it's delightful out here. :D

woAH DUDE!! that’s amazing!! when i tried out for track we ran 3 miles just as a warmup and i fucking Died. i’m rlly proud of u!! and wow…….. just rub ur good weather in my face. but ha jokes on u i found a fan so i’m cool now 😎

anonymous asked:

When (time of day wise) do you normally do your long runs? What do you eat beforehand?

During cross country seasons in college, we had 10am Sunday long runs. I would usually eat a breakfast when I woke up about 7:30 or so….plain oatmeal and a banana or something of that nature? Plus, coffee always.

When I have the chance/when I’m not in-season and my runs aren’t scheduled for me, I like to run early in the morning. Then, I’ll just have a granola bar or banana beforehand plus a post long run big breakfast which is the best kind of breakfast IMO.

I’m far from where I hope to be when cross country season officially starts in August. But I do have to try & keep things in perspective.

Today, I completed 5k’s worth of my 5 mile run only about a minute slower than my college 5k PR. Granted, my college PR is nowhere near being anything impressive. But still. It’s something. I’m starting at a good place, and I need to remind myself of that consistently. Because where you start isn’t necessarily where you’ll end.

As the wise Richard Webber once said: “This is your starting line. This is your arena. How well you play? That’s up to you.” I think that applies to summer training, too. Putting in the work is going to pay off. It has to.

How to run in the heat!

The sun is shining, your skin feels like melting, you go outside and feel the temperature, and it makes you feel like going back inside.

The summer is actually a great time to run or chase your fitness goals because you don’t have school and have more time! It’s also a great opportunity to get faster for the cross country season in the fall!

Heat training will prepare you for races in the unavoidable heat! It will also make you feel like running in more comfortable temperatures is easier, which gives you an advantage!

Instead of avoiding the heat, adapt to it. The heat improves the efficiency of blood flowing from your core to your skin, which also gives you an advantage. Your body gets better at adjusting its core temperature and increases its blood volume, and sweating can help you get rid of toxins from your body! Let the advantages motivate you to dive into the sun!

Also, what I love about summer is the long daylight! It opens up more opportunities for you to run outside during the day. Appreciate this!

But if you are not sure if it’s safe to run outside, you can check the weather forecast for the heat and air quality index.

1. Drink water

Not drinking enough water can make your muscles cramp or feel lightheaded or nauseous during your run. I don’t want this to happen to you so I want you to drink water often throughout the day (make sure your pee is a very light shade of yellow!). Other consequences of not drinking enough fluid are heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

But don’t drink too much before a run if you don’t want to get a side stitch. I usually like to stop drinking water about 30-60 mins before a run! Sometimes, I also drink water during a run if I’m out for longer than one hour! If you’re running for more than an hour and sweating a lot, then you should also bring along a drink with electrolytes.

When you sweat a lot, you also lose salt and other electrolytes. Don’t avoid salt in your diet because it’s important for your body to maintain fluid and not dehydrate due to osmosis.

Try not to drink drinks with caffeine or alcohol because they are diuretics, which makes you lose more water in your urine. Also, avoid foods high protein because those are harder on your digest, which will produce more heat in your body because those take more energy to digest.

2. Timing

Try running in the morning or evening. Try to avoid running outside between 10am-4pm. Heat training will help you if you’re training for a race, but there comes to a point where it will affect your health, especially if the heat and air quality index is poor. If you don’t have other times to run, try a treadmill, or cross train or pool running!

3. Clothing

The clothes you wear can affect your experience of your run. Try to wear loose and light colored clothes. Dark colors absorb heat which can make you feel like a stove.  I like to run with a T-shirt and running shorts. You can also try dry-fit/tech clothing, which are lighter and help your sweat dry faster.

Try to avoid wearing anything on your head because that’s where your body loses the most heat. If you want to wear a hat to avoid sunburn on your beautiful face, try a visor. Instead, you can try pouring water on your head when you feel extremely warm.

4. Sunscreen

I don’t want you to get skin cancer! Maybe also try sunglasses to also protect your beautiful eyes from the sun!

Sunburnt skin also loses its ability to sweat, which will not help you feel cooler.

5. Plan your route

The asphalt and track absorbs heat, so it’s best to avoid them during the middle of the day. Try trail running and planning your route around water fountains!

Running besides a large body of water will also be cooler. It’s also nice to end your run with a swim or pool running!

6. Seek a buddy!

Also, when it’s hot outside, it’s a good idea to run with a group or someone else so you can watch for each other’s safety! You should also let your family members know your running route just in case.

7. Make adjustments

Try to avoid long and high intensity workouts when the sun is at it’s strongest. If you are not able to run when the sun is not as strong, then try going for an easier run or run another day. I don’t want you to get a heat stroke.

Also, when you run in the heat, it can slow your pace by 1.5-3% for every 10 degrees above 55 Fahrenheit. You can also try running your first mile slower and then negative splits to have your body adjust and your legs won’t be feeling like lead the whole run if you don’t run the first mile hard. Because of this, you can also try running based on effort without a GPS watch.

I hope you found this helpful!

I have more life and running tips:

How to start running

How to deal with a running injury

How to be productive and achieve your goals

How to run in the cold

anonymous asked:

I'm recovering from anorexia. But I'm also a beginning runner using summer as training for the upcoming cross country season (first time ever participating!). Is 5 days a week, starting with 1.5-2.5 miles a day, okay for training? Am I on the right track? Some days I can't run because my body can only take so much (I'm at a 'healthy weight' but still need to gain more). I just need reassurance that I'm doing enough? Helppppp. Do you have any tips for a beginner?

I’m so proud you have chosen recovery, and decided to pick up running! 5 days a week with 1.5-2.5 miles sounds great when you are just starting out. Just remember when you first start it’s going to feel weird, and to stretch after your runs. Do not do static stretches before you run unless you’ve warmed up a little, or you could pull a muscle. Also try and eat 30 min after you exercise to avoid breaking down your muscle. I usually go for chocolate almond milk and a banana. Foam rolling goes a long way also. Most importantly make sure you’re enjoying it. Try to find a running buddy on your team for some of your runs, run in new places, and listen to your body. If you ever feel like your just super tired and fatigued do not push it. Instead go swim that day or find a cross training method that has less impact. Running on tired legs is important to building endurance, but if you’re super fatigued and keep running fatigued then you will get injured. Hope this helped best of luck!!

Blind!Marinette AU

My own take on a blind!Marinette.

  • Marinette’s blindness was not caused by an accident rather she was born blind as she was a premature baby and developed ROP.
  • She knows how to read braille but she prefers to listen to her books.
  • She has a seeing eye dog named Fleur that she’s had for three years now and is a German Shepherd.
  • Before she had Fleur she was either accompanied everywhere or had a cane and she really didn’t care for the cane.
  • Because she cannot see she isn’t aspiring to be a fashion designer and she really doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life.
    • The only thing that she knows for sure is that she doesn’t want to be a burden on anyone.
  • She is very familiar with her house so she doesn’t need help navigating around her house. 
  • Despite her blindness she is a very good cook and baker with the help of her parents. She isn’t good with decorating for obvious reasons and she leaves that to her parents.
  • Her hearing is much more sensitive than normal people’s because of her blind status
  • She deals with even more tormenting from Chloe because of her disability but she tries very hard to ignore it.
    • Chloe makes fun of Fleur a lot and calls him a mangy mutt however the rest of the class loves him and always asks permission to pet him.
  • When Marinette got her Miraculous she was very self conscious because of her blind status.
    • Tikki revealed that Marinette was not her first disabled chosen and that her suit would help her deal with the disability
  • Her suit remains the same as normal, with the only addition of a pair of ladybug wings on her back
    • Those wings allow her to keep spacial awareness by beating and the use of echolocation
    • The faster they beat the better that she understands her surroundings. They continue to beat while she is resting but it is not nearly as noticeable or loud
    • She doesn’t use her yo-yo to get around the city
  • Her eye color does not change when she is Ladybug and the media just assumes that it’s to help her hide her identity
  • No one knows that Ladybug is blind and she is intent on keeping that a secret that includes her partner.
    • Chat Noir eventually finds out after an Akuma attack that gunks up her wings and for the first time Ladybug is actually reminded that she is blind.
  • Her hearing is further increased by her Miraculous and it is almost as sensitive as Chat Noir’s 
  • She prefers flying but she still runs around the roof tops from time to time.
  • Marinette loves to run with Fleur and she wears a bright yellow vest with the words BLIND RUNNER on the vest and she runs with him
    • She does eventually try out and makes the cross country team at her high school. She runs with the team with Fleur sometimes and other times Alya, Nino or Adiren ends up watching him.
    • Nino is the one who usually gets stuck with Fleur as Adrien eventually becomes Marinette’s guide runner.
    • Chloe tries to get Marinette off the team but she never succeeds and the Cross Country team ends up just getting annoyed with the blond girl.
  • She has a harder time transforming because she not only needs to sneak away she also has to hide Fleur from sigh.
  • Adrien gets closer to Marinette much quicker and she doesn’t stutterer around him as long. She gets very comfortable around him before the cross country season starts.
  • Alya and Marinette switch spots in class because of Fleur and it was a better idea for him to sit on the outside bench.
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First ever college cross country workout AND it’s global running day?!?! Coïncidence????? Probably. But! I’ve never been so excited to wake up at 6am and run around in the middle of the southern california desert. I feel like there are lots of great things to come this XC season. CROSS COUNTRY IS HERE YOU GUYS I’M A COLLEGE CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER AHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! happy :)

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It seems pretty dumb to say that my love is my sport. In fact, it seems like some sort of cliché you would see in an under quality sports movie.  But after years of running, I have come to the conclusion that running is more like my life partner than my sport. I can survive without it, but why would I want to be without? I can be complete without running, but I feel more whole when it is with me. Of course running and I haven’t always had the perfect relationship. I’ve complained, cried, been angry. We certainly did not have love at first sight. I’ve wanted to give up during workouts and races. But never have I once wanted to quit on running. Never have I once considered that running and I would not grow old together. I knew it was special. It had given me strength in the darkest of times, it had given me revelation upon revelation. It had brought me peace, and it connected me to nature, my friends, my family. And most of all, in times when my soul, my mind, my life felt weak, it made me feel strong.

People always ask how I do it. They call me crazy when I run 7 miles or run in the rain. They act shocked when I say I did an 8 mile interval workout, as if I just pulled it out of my butt, exclaiming that they could ‘never do that.’ But what they don’t see is the countless mornings I roll out of bed at 7am just to struggle on a 2 mile run. They don’t see the sweat, the tears, even the blood on my feet or from the times I have tripped, the scar on my leg from that race sophomore year when a girl spiked me. They don’t see the days I am forced to cross train indoors, longing to be outside in the wind and the sun. They miss the days where I am tired and drained, but I run anyway. They can’t fathom the thousands upon thousands of doubtful thoughts in my head that I am forced to throw aside during each run. They act as if I was born into running. My proposal is that anyone can run. Anyone can work up to 7 miles. Anyone can get up at 7am for a workout. But most people choose not to. Most people don’t like being uncomfortable, being exposed, being raw. I guess that’s what makes runners crazy.

The biggest fight I have with my life partner is over my shins. You see, even though I believe in my heart and soul that running and I were meant to be together, sometimes it feels as if the universe is against us. For years now, my shins have constantly been in defiance against running. They claim I have an unhealthy relationship, and let me tell you, their complaints are heard. Some nights I would practically crawl up the stairs, others I would be forced to wear gym shoes with dresses in fear of the pain. I’ve run my shins down to the wire, air cast after air cast, ice bath after ice bath, until finally I was forced to take almost a year off in the prime years of my collegiate running career. Family, friends, doctors insisted I should leave running, give it up, find a different partner, whisk it away as if we had not been in love all these years, as if it was simply a phase in my life that was ending. I got angry at these people, insulted even. I didn’t get how they thought I could so easily throw something away that had made me who I was. I did not understand at the time that they only wanted me to be healthy and not damage my legs permanently. All I could see was the pain of losing the thing I loved more than anything I had ever loved. I had never imagined that I could lose running, especially forever. I was told that I should become a swimmer. I was told that running and my body would keep causing shin problems. All my dreams of running marathons, being a 60 year old runner, running with my kids one day; those dreams started to feel distant and mangled. I started to lose myself at that point, and I went down a path of laziness, defiance, wanting to be alone, feeling so weak.

It wasn’t until a few months of no running went by that I realized I was a person without my sport. I was not simply defined by my running shoes, like I had always thought. I had more to offer the world. And that was when I realized, running truly is my passion. It’s not some sport I picked up in high school. It is the reason I am who I am today. I’m not very good at it. At best in high school, I was 6th on varsity. I’ve never been top 10 in a race. Heck, I’ve never been top 20. Probably not even top 50, depending on the race size. None of that mattered to me though because running was what I was meant to do. But without it, I am still whole.

Finally, when I started running again, it was frustrating. I am doomed to a cross country season of running every other day and no track season. I will not have good times this season, and I certainly won’t make top 7 like I had hoped. I believe in the underdog, but this is more like a “barely hanging on” situation than a “you might surprise everyone” kind of thing. My teammates will not understand why I run every other day and they might not even ask. I will struggle in workouts, I will be behind the team all season. When I race at my college, my friends will come to watch and I will probably be towards the back of the race. People have asked me over and over why I am continuing this sport on a team, or why I continue it at all. You see, running has never been about winning to me. Of course I am not satisfied when I am in the back, but if I gave everything I had that day, I am proud of myself. This season, I will not take a single step for granted. I will push myself every single damn workout because just 10 months ago, I was told in the doctor’s office that I might not be able to ever run again. I will never complain because it would be stupid to complain about something that is the reason I am here today. And if my shins start to hurt again, I will stop because I want to take care of my body and make sure I can run forever, even if that means running only once a week the rest of my life.

Running is my life partner. Running is the heartbeat to the melody of my soul. It is where some of my best friends and best mentors came from. I hear people complain during workouts, and I want to smack some sense into them. I hear about people who claim to be passionate about running skipping runs simply because they didn’t feel like running that day, and I get angry. I’m not saying you have to dedicate your life to running. I’m not saying off days are not necessary. I’m certainly not saying you should push your body to its breaking point. All I am saying is that if you claim to be passionate about something, be passionate about it. I learned that lesson the hard way. There aren’t many things in life that make your heart beat faster, your soul jump to the sky, your eyes twinkle, and round you into a better person. Don’t take running for granted. Don’t complain. Because complaining won’t get you anywhere. In fact, it will only slow you down. Running is my soulmate. I hope you’ve realized if it’s yours too.