Happy Friday! Race Preview

Hey friends!

HAPPY FRIDAY! I seriously thought this day would never come. In the past two weeks, I’ve had 3 take home midterm exams, which included two 5 page essays and one exam that took me four hours to complete. It took someone else 5 and a half! It was one of the hardest exams of my life. Except for organic chemistry.

This was me at every moment this week.

ANYWAYS, I’m skipping class today and taking the train home. I don’t think I could’ve made it until tomorrow.. Plus, I want to get super rested for RACE DAY on Sunday! Trains always mess up my schedule, so my mom made the executive decision for me to come home early. I’m happy with it. 🙂

I got almost NO sleep last night. My friend really wanted me to go out with her, so we went to hang out with some soccer bros. Totally not my scene, but it ended up being fun! To be honest, I hadn’t intended on staying out at all. I even put in my laundry before I went out, which means I had about an hour and a half until I had to get back to switch it without someone touching it.

..I ended up coming home three hours later, and stayed up until 1:30 AM doing laundry and packing. Then, I woke up at 5:30 to do the last finishing touches! My friend who was driving me ended up sleeping in, so getting to the train was interesting. When I got there, they were holding the train for me and about to leave. I am SO lucky I got on it!

Since my brain is mush from doing work all week, I’m not even attempting to finish the other two parts of my take home exam, which are due after break. Instead, I’m reading up ultra training and blogging it up. Much more fun than looking at a geologic fold/thrust belt in Pennsylvania!

So, since I’ve been thinking about my race so much, I thought I’d give you guys a little preview! Get excited!

Race Preview: Backyard Burn Series Wakefield Park

10 mile trail race, 9AM start (but it’s kinda like 8AM because of daylight’s savings time..)

Flat course (elevation profile like the one below, but slightly different course will be used)

Image from thehaysay.com!

Expected weather: 40-50 degrees, sunny

On my body: Maybe a long sleeve shirt, plus compression shorts

On my feet: Saucony Kilkenny XC4 Flats

The good: I’m so happy that this course is almost flat! I have been training on hills, but I looove the flatlands.

This is what I usually train on.. So I should be okay. 🙂

The bad: My knee has been acting up. This is mainly on hills though. Also, I haven’t really run on trails that much.. I ran on them over the summer, and this past week I got to do 8 miles on the side of the road, which is like a hard packed dirt trail.

How I’m feeling: Awesome! I think that I can actually RACE this race. There is a prize for top 5 in each age group. My age group is probably small, based on results from the first race in this series. I think I might be able to compete though! I’m going to push myself hard and not beat myself up if things don’t go ideally. I’ve only been running for a little while, and a lot of my competition are experienced trail runners.

I'm still a n00b at this! Maybe I can fool people into thinking I'm legit by wearing my run MSP shirt?

Today, I’m having a complete rest day because I’m stuck on a train all day. Tomorrow, I’ll be going on a short trail run at home to shake out the kinks. I’ll also be carbo-loading for the first time ever! Idk if it’ll help physically, but it definitely won’t hurt!

I see lots of oatmeal in my immediate future..

So, that’s about it! I hope you all have AWESOME Fridays and weekends!

Are you TGIF-ing? What are you looking forward to this weekend? Any fun plans?

Chelsea

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The Taste of Purple

Hey friends!

So, as expected, I am HOME as I write this. Yayyy! It feels great to be home, especially because I’m rocking brand newsies really warm and fuzzy pajama pants and eating nut butter with a spoon watching movies!

This morning, before I left campus, I ran 3 miles in the COLD. It was frigid and WINDY. Worst. Idea. Of my life. I thought it was a great idea, but when I reached the flat desert-like plateau (my run goes up a hill, runs on top if it, then goes back down.. and I do that twice), I was blasted with wind. And I hated cheery, warm me from earlier who woke up at 6:30 and said, “It feels like a great day to run! 🙂 Life is rainbows and sunflowers!!” At one point, I was fighting so hard against it I literally almost was blown over. It was SO dramatic. When I got back and warm, I felt like I’d really accomplished something, so it was okay. And I was quickly off on a 7 hour journey home from NY to MD.

Unfortunately, on the road, there isn’t much to eat for a gluten free/lactose free college student. And, stupidly, I ran out without grabbing more than just the two oranges in my backpack. Soooo, the journey was a hungry one for me. When I got home though, I was greeted by some funny white potato-looking things..

Which my mom claimed to be sweet potatoes. I called her a liar, and she told me they were purple inside. I called her a double liar, and cut some open to stuff in the microwave. What did I find? PURPLE. (Sorry, no picture of this because I was STAAAARVING!) And when I microwaved them? THEY TURNED MORE PURPLE. Uh, hello magic food.

I ate these funny purple potatoes with a mass amount of greek yogurt and honey. It was delicious.

Aren't they great?! They made such pretty food! 🙂

Then, I had broccoli with nooch and several dips of almond and cashew butter. Aaaand.. I’m just about ready for more food. I have to make up for lunch! (PS, I did have breakfast before I left my dorm.. So I’m not a completely starved college student)

Anyways, being home is AWESOME! We’re fixing my oven tomorrow, and going to the Natural History museum to look at rocks! WAHOOO! Look for a post.. Subject undetermined 🙂

Also, THANKS FOR ALL THE COMMENTS GUYS! I feel so loved. It means so much to me that people actually read and enjoy reading about random things in my life. Love you guys so much!!!

How has your Saturday been? Have you ever seen purple potatoes before? Do you ever have to play “catch up” with your food accidentally?

See you soon!

Chelsea