i’m traveling north tomorrow
and i’m going to trail run every day possible in all of the northern states i visit.
i miss greenery and hills and uneven ground beneath my feet.
HEY anon! well, i started cross country in high school. and i HATED it. to be honest. the only reason i really started running was because my dad was a runner, and i knew he’d be so excited if i started. plus, my school had required sports so it was either running, volleyball, or field hockey - and let’s just say i’m not a team sports kinda girl!
so, my freshman year of high school, i was on JV (just because our school was so small, there were probably only about 20 of us total, including the 7 on varsity). and i had never ever run more than a mile without stopping really. i wasn’t into it - the other girls had all been to preseason and were already buddy-buddy. i was just kind of there, you could say. i ran probably a 29 or 28 minute 5k or something (and this was all on grassy hills and trail - no road).
but, my sophomore year i got more into it. the other girls befriended me and i started to like the sport a lot more. that year i think my 5k time got down to a 26:00 or 25:30 at the very end of the season. i was still on jv.
my junior year of high school was probably the best. i was really pumped about the next fall season, so during the summer i trained hard. i did all the workouts our coach put on the schedule for us (i was at a boarding school so we didn’t have joint practice over summer), and i attended preseason. i basically became a devoted beast. that year i got my time down to a 22:54 by consistently decreasing my time every race. that year was great because i just kept improving! it was great. it was a LOT of work though. that year i was on varsity.
my senior year, my season wasn’t amazing. i was still on varsity, i attended preseason, etc, but i just wasn’t as fast for some reason. i still PR’ed, but that was rare. i got a 22:43, but a lot of my races that year were in the 23s and 24s, one was even in the 25s. it was more social for me that year i think.
so, it was over a LONG period of time and dedication. but it helped me grow to love the sport soo much. i’m so thankful for my high school cross country career.
when i got to college though, i took a year off because there just wasn’t enough structure and i wasn’t motivated (it’s really flat and hot and there aren’t any trails where i live now). but then, last summer, i made the executive decision to sign up for a half marathon. randomly, after i was only in good enough shape to run 3 or so miles. the race was in about 4 months. kinda daunting, but i dedicated myself and did really well! i honestly know that if i had run a 5k around that time i would have probably decreased my time to below a 22 minute pace but i was just too lazy and worn out from training for the half.
anyways, sorry for this long SHPEEL! i guess that was a super long answer, but it was necessary. plus, i don’t think i’ve told that story to any of my followers before! let me know if you have anymore questions! :)
post 7 mile run refreshment :)
new shoes! got these new balance 890 (light neutrals) for $30 booyahh
their blinding whiteness does make me feel like a noob though..
i guess anything is better than nothing
it’s easy when other people are counting on me being there (i ran with two older ladies this morning), but when i’m alone it’s a lot harder to drag myself out of bed after staying up late to do homework :/ not to mention dangerous to run alone some places…
bleh. can’t wait for summahhhh
ran 5 miles at 6 am
breakfast in the car on the way to class
now: enjoying coffee & a whole wheat bagel with light cream cheese to fuel the extra long work day ahead of me
12-7 pm. work at fleet feet sports allll daylight hours
dinner, then homework homework homework
i almost wish i were prescribed adderall or something to keep me focused. i have been so out of it lately. bleh. at least i got a run in!
i haven’t been working out/eating right that much at all lately, mostly due to stress and the insane amount of time i have been spending at work and doing homework (nonstop). also cause i’m broke and can’t afford fresh food. haha. but no excuses… last night i realized how bad this was for my body. i do have frozen veggies and chicken, so i just need to stop being lazy and actuallt devote a little time to cooking my meals to be healthy. also, i’m going to try getting up early before my 8 ams and run everyday, even if it is only 3 miles
also, need to remind myself that i can still go to the gym when it is storming.
i need to lose a few before i go back to my high school this summer and see my old friends that i haven’t seen in a year. no excuses!
post 8 mile run team breakfast!
also check out this wicked tan from my running top! (excuse the dirty mirror)
good morning lovahs! i’m excited today because i think i actually have the time and energy to run today! yipee!!
oh and p.s. this is a photo of tyler, the boyfriend, & me.