I was having some GI issues on my run and stepped off the trail to do my business and (afterwards) as I was stepping back towards the trail i felt a sting on my leg, saw a bee, thought “shit” and went to flick it off when suddenly I felt another sting and heard buzzing and before I knew it I was sprinting out of there screaming my head off. After about a mile I thought I was safe but still heard buzzing and finally realized one was stuck in my braid so that was a fun challenge to get out.
Overall I only got three stings and luckily I’m not super allergic like some people so in the grand scheme of things it wasn’t too bad but still not a fun time. Once I realized what was happening I ran towards the water fully intending to jump into the sound if I was still being chased when I got there.
I was only 6 miles into the 16 and with only 5 weeks until race day I wasn’t about to sacrifice a long run so I ran through the stinging (and bleeding jeez).
Tbh it hurts a lot more now that the running adrenaline is gone.
Would not recommend BUT it does make me feel a little badass.
Mostly just proud of myself for not skipping this workout. Speedwork straight up scares me, especially when I’m running solo and have every opportunity to quit or cut reps.
2.5 mi w/u
12 x 400m (90-95sec)
1.5 mi c/d
Worked at Alumni Arena for 2 years and have been on campus almost everyday for 4.5 years, but last night was the first time I’ve ever set foot in UB Stadium. The lights were off, but scoreboard was still alive. Never a dull moment with Checkers✌🏼
3 mi w/u
2 x 2 mi @ tempo (6:56 avg)
4 x 200m (43s avg)
1 mi c/d
I’m using SC to train for my first race of the year. I may have been too conservative with my 5K time. I’ve only been running half-assed for almost 8 months since the ankle break. This is the 2nd week of the training plan.
Today was Speedwork
Distance: 5 mi
Pace: Warm: 2x1600 w/800 jogs; Cool
I haven’t done 1600’s in over a year, so I was nervous if I would be able to do the goal pace.
Shaved off 39 seconds! Woot!
There is hope that I will be able to get my speed back and hopefully without injury!
These are my new kicks. Ignore the bulging vein. What’s up with that?!
P.S. It was 48 degrees outside. I do believe that is my perfect running temperature.
Tempo Tuesday with my Checkers crew! It was cold and dark and I really wasn’t feeling like I️ wanted to go fast. Our usual track was closed, so we moved to Kunz stadium instead. I worked 8-3:30, went home to have a phone meeting and change, then was right back on campus at 5:15… You can literally see my lab from the track in the first photo!
There was something that kind of clicked though while we were out there; the Village mentality. I skip things like speedwork because it scares me, but with a group, I’m accountable and supported and I do it. My tempo pace is 7:02. Usually it feels really really hard to hit and when I’m done, I cough for the rest of the day/night. Coughing attacks after a “hard” effort have been happening to me for years (Thanks pneumonia and scarring from 3rd grade), but ever since the bacterial laryngitis I️ got in Allegany, they’ve gotten worse. This week I ran my tempo 6:56 > 6:41 > 6:43 and Did. Not. Cough. Not at all. Maybe I’m getting stronger? Maybe? Please?
so at run club today i told the speed workout coach that he should totally kick it up a notch, and that i expect my innards to be spewing all over the track for the speed workout tuesday (this is roughly the PG version of what i actually said).
TOTALLY can’t wait for tuesday. may have to make sure i get extra rest before then too.
NYC Marathon Training Day 55
1 warm up
1 cool down
It was raining and I was TIRED and I really don’t like speedwork but I lived up to my ring and ran like a badass in the pouring rain. Now I will bask in the glory that I do NOT have to run again until Thursday morning!!!!!!!
This is only my second time running it and even though I give it everything I have, I don’t run it to win (Something about Kenyan runners and prior Olympians), just to compete with myself. It was 75, sunny, and humid, and even though I didn’t hit my goal time, I’m very happy with my performance :) Lots of speedwork to catch up on!
Mile 1: Went out strong, smart, and right on pace. I actually felt really good and was glad - 6:50
Mile 2: Downhill usually means faster. If you’re me though, you fight downhill… Dumb, but hey, I don’t do it on purpose! Still felt okay, but my pace slipped - 7:11
Mile 3: I stepped up my pace a little, but felt my goal slipping away. I was starting to feel the heat, but kept going. I really like the end of this mile (Turning onto Elmwood) even if I’m not a fan of the beginning? - 7:05
Mile 4: This last mile is enjoyably hard. I LOVE running up Elmwood, but definitely get tired. I saw my cheer squad (Grandma, Aunt Sara, Anna, Andrew, and Chanel) on the final turn and made a little comeback - 6:59
Finish: 28:20 - Missed my goal by 20 seconds, but honestly didn’t care. I haven’t “raced” since May and am still recovering from my injury, so not much speedwork. Solid 40 seconds faster than last year, and managed 4th in my AG too :) It was really nice to see so many running friends too!
Post-race dinner with Chanel of Sushi, Elderberry Kevita, and a giant Chocolate Chunk Cookie from the Co-Op
Since I get asked this a lot, I figured why not make this wonderful convinient one-stop shop for all my wonderful and supportive followers? :D This page will be periodically updated.
First of all, everyone is different. I want to stress the importance of sticking what works for you. This is what worked for me, and I hope you find what works for you. :) You can also find everything I did every day since December 2013 when I first made this blog if you go under my “diary” tab on desktop.
I credit all my accomplishments in the year of 2014 to my change in mindset. The most important principle if you want to achieve anything in life is happiness. If you don’t enjoy what you do, then you won’t do it so you won’t improve. Pain is a major barrier for most people. Associate that with happiness because pain is an indication that you’re achieving all that is possible in that given moment and isn’t that just fantastic??
I would also like to stress the importance of sleep and recovery. When I start feeling something, I shut it down and cross train until it’s completely gone. I also take at least one rest day every week. On rest days, I’ll go on a short 20-30 min walk with my mother or lightly cross train.
Part one: Running!
You can find my thoughts/reflection of each season on the “about me” tab if you go on my blog on desktop.
This is so important to me: I love races because I love making friends from other schools. Ever since I started going up to people and introducing myself and warming up/cooling down with them. Now races seem like I’m not running against people, I’m running with my friends and we’re helping each other to achieve our goals. People are no longer intimidating.
I ended cross country 2013 with a 9th place finish at Junior Olympic Nationals in San Antonio and took a two week break from running. When I take breaks from running, I always cross train. I find it difficult to go through my days without doing anything because exercise feels liberating to me. During this time, I swam almost every day since it was finals week and school ended earlier and winter break, so I had time. I also ellipticalled/went on the strider machine at the YMCA, What I’m doing this year is also relatively the same.
When I got back to running, I started my first week alternating between 2-3 miles each day, and the next two weeks 3-4 and slowly up from there. It’s important to build up slow so you won’t get injured since your body isn’t as used to using those muscles again yet.
For the month of January, it was just mileage and no speedwork. In track, we tend to do more speedwork on the track, rather than hill repeats. We’ve done less than 5 sessions in the hills throughout the whole season. In the beginning of the season, we started with longer workouts, more focused on building a strong base. By April/May, the workouts got shorter and faster.
In January, I also swam on the weekends and cross trained on my stationary bike at home since I wasn’t running as much. Cross training really helps build base without the pounding on the pavement of running.
An example of a workout we did in Febuary would be something like 1600/1200/800/400 twice through. To be honest, I know this might be important, but I never really pay attention control what pace I run, so I always run however I feel like. We would also do hill sometimes and long runs in the hills. I don’t remember any my splits, but if you’re ever curious, everything I do is recorded under my “diary” tab.
Our hill repeat workout is always relatively the same. We use the same 400m hill and run it 5-6 times with 400m recovery jog. I usually run continuously but some people rest in between.
This is when racing season starts. When racing season starts, I stop cross training and only run/blogilates until the end of the season. We did lots of 1200/800/400s and hill repeats here and there. I started with my season with all PR’s! I ran my mile in 5:20 (previously 5:38) and 2 mile in 11:16 (previously 11:48) and I was so happy and pumped about the whole season!!
We also did lots of 1200/800/400 but less hills. During March/April, we typically have a dual meet on Thursday and an invitational on Saturday, so we probably did one or none workout a week. I plataued this month, staying at around 5:20/11:16
Suddenly at league finals I ran 5:08 (8 second PR in one week) and 11:04 (10 second PR) all in one day! I was thinking happy thoughts the whole time during the race! I’ve never doubled 1600/3200 before and this gave me so much confidence. The workout on the Tuesday I did right before CCS Finals on Friday when I ran 10:54 was 8x400 with one min rest in between each one, to kinda simulate the race. I think I averaged around 73-75.
I took two weeks off from running again and swam almost every day. I swam almost every day the whole summer since I had time. I also biked a lot on my stationary bike. I usually attended summer cross country practice in the morning and went swimming in the afternoons for most the days this summer.
I attended a Nike cross country camp at Stanford and met and ran with lots of cool people! I noticed that almost everyone had a garmin, or some kind of watch that measures and times the distance you run. I also attended another camp, Coach Dudley’s summer cross country boot camp, and met lots of runners from the CCS section! I highly recommend that camp to anyone that lives in my area because I had a great time making friends my competitors. Coach Dudley is a really passionate and experienced about distance running and he also sends great information regarding training and nutrition. I can tell he’s doing this from passion.
Lots of people there also owned garmins, and I thought it was so cool how it would beep at every mile and give you a split, I was inspired to get one myself. After getting one, I noticed that I run all my runs a lot faster since it’s so satisfying to see nice numbers. My goal was to get all my runs under 8:00 pace.
During the whole summer, it was just mileage and no track workouts. I also ran in the hills a lot, and I heard that hills are speedwork in disguise, but I never ran them hard. I ran an average of 4-5 miles a day. I cross train for longer than I run because it helps me build up my cardiovascular system without all the pounding on my legs to reduce injury.
I ran a road race for the first time, called the “Dammit Run,” which is a 5 mile hilly and rocky course up a dam and down. I won my age division (2nd female overall) with a 6:43 pace and even ran one of my miles under 6:00 and I thought that was so cool since I didn’t feel like I was in race shape at all and my garmin really motivated me throughout the whole race.
When school and official practice started, we mostly did hill repeats, and I think we only did one track workout for this whole month.
I had to miss my first race because I felt something in my hamstring and decided to be smart about it. I took four days off and a week later, we had a meet at our home course, and I ran close to my PR.
When racing starts, I stop cross training and only run. My mileage is also slightly higher. We mostly did hill repeats and minimal track work this month.
Same as September, but more track work towards the end.
The hill repeats have disappeared and all workout days were all on the flat track. We did long intervals, in contrast to track season. We did 1.5-2 mile tempo runs, (actually the first time I’ve ever done a tempo run), mile repeats (5:35-5:45 avg), and my favorite: 1600/1200/800/400 twice through.
My runs also got slower as the season prolonged, averaging 8:30 pace in contrast to the under 8:00 paces over the summer. I think my coach really likes really distinct easy and hard/quality days and I think it works for me as well.
The week before leagues, I started to feel something on the area behind my left knee, so I decided to be smart and take 4 rest days that week and had to miss another race. Then I ran 17:55 at Crystal Springs, a 15 second PR from a few weeks ago. Crystal Springs is a hilly course comparable to Mt. Sac. This reminds me the importance of rest and recovery.
We did a 1.5 mile tempo the Monday before CCS (saturday) and I felt really flat for the whole week. My legs felt like they were stuck in one speed and I couldn’t make myself go any faster. I was predicted and mentally prepared to earn CCS champion, but lost it in the last 200m. I felt burnt out and so ready for my season to be over as much as I love running.
Sure, I was disappointed at first, but I learned so much from the outcome:
The Wednesday before State (Saturday), I ran the fastest mile I’ve ever ran at practice- 5:26 and it made me happy. I surprised myself with a 10th place finish, running 18:08.56 (yeah they rounded it to 18:09 but that time looks more glamourous).
What I’ve done differently for state is that I took Thursday off and ran the course on Friday. Sweet tomatoes is my favorite place to go for my pre race dinner. I ate three potatoes the night before and one the day of.
After state, my enthusiasm for running was suddenly refilled. I signed up for Footlocker West senior race (I am eternally grateful for my father to convince me to go for the seeded) the second I got home. There was only one week in between state and footlocker, and my workout was 4x800m. I averaged 2:38-2:45 in the wind and rain.
For Footlocker West, I repeated the same thing I did for state- taking Thursday off and ate at sweet tomatoes again. 3 potatoes and night before, and one the day of.
Since school uniforms weren’t allowed, I ran for a club, BB Racing, and got to wear this cool bright pink uniform. It felt nice running with a team, and everyone there was so friendly. :)
During the whole race, I stayed around 15th place or so, and passed 6 people in the last 800m, finishing in 9th, with a spot to adnvance to Footlocker Nationals! This is the biggest accomplishment of my life.
I did the same 4x800m workout again, but this time, I couldn’t run as fast. I think I used up all my energy in that kick because I ended up running my slowest 5k this season there. I still had a great time meeting and running with the fastest high schoolers in the nation and several olympians.
As of now, I took two weeks off from that, and now I’m slowly building up my mileage, and I plan to repeat what I did last track season. :)
PART TWO: Cross training!
Blogilates! I love the weekly videos Cassey puts out on youtube and I really respect her for her passion for wanting to help everyone achieve their goals.
I try to do at least one from each every day! I don’t follow any weekly schedule, I just do what I feel like on that day. I workout for around 30-60 mins every morning, depending on how much time I have! The only days when I don’t are race days, otherwise, this is year-round! Planks are my favorite since they strengthen all those wonderful muscles!! vI try to do at least one from each every day!
During this summer, before cross country 2014, I did more cross training on my stationary bike than I did running and it really helped me build an awesome base without the pounding. I finished the season mostly injury free, and could afford more rest days just in case something small was coming up. When I took time off during the season for injury prevention, I cycled to substitute for running. I also used to take cycling class at the YMCA, but I get bored with just music playing, and I always have to be on my phone or reading a book.
I swim for 30-60 mins non stop of mostly freestyle, and breathstroke for recovery. I breathe after every 5-7 strokes, because I feel like it helps increase my lung capacity which helps with running. I only swim during the off season. I used to be able to swim for longer, but I just can’t stand the mind numbing monotony of the pool floor.
I usually only go on the elliptical if I’m waiting for my mother or feel tired that day. I’m always reading a book as well.
During the off season, I never have training plans. I do whatever I feel like for however long I feel like that day. Only when racing starts is when I make sure I follow a training plan closely.
4. Troubleshooting (Injury alert!)
I stretch at home after I take a shower for around 5 mins. I like doing the splits because it gets my hamstrings and lots calf stretches because I have a history of shin splints. This is pretty much all I do if I’m not sore/injured. Maybe I should add daily foam rolling.
When I’m sore after a hard workout/race, I foam roll and stretch a lot. I also soak my legs in boiled ginger because it’s supposed to have warming phytochemicals that increase your blood circulation according to Chinese medicine. I also get a wonderful massage from my lovely mother afterwards.
When I’m feeling an injury budding, I I’ve for the first 24 hours and heat until it’s over. I’ve never taken an ice bath before. I also go see a Chinese doctor who gives me painful but satisfying deep tissue massage.
Freezing a Dixie cup also helps you get into small areas
During cross country 2013 (first season back from injury) I would also go for acupuncture every few weeks, but I haven’t done that ever since.
I hope you found this useful and let me know if you would like me to do anything else like this in the future!! I love giving back to my wonderful supporters because you guys motivate me to be at my best every day <3