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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Monday Runday 2

Hey friends!

It’s that time for MONDAY RUNDAY. Aka marathon length rant about my running. If you don’t care about it.. Sorry, don’t read it! I’ll be back for WIAW. 🙂

Of course, about last week.

As I told you yesterday, I went on my longest run ever yesterday! 8.7 miles. 🙂 I planned 8, and totally could’ve gone 9 extremely happily. In fact, my last miles were all my fastest ones.

Speaking of fastness, my speed is improving noticably, and I PR’d the mile on the tread last week! I want to let myself loose on a track and see how fast I can do it. I think I can SMASH my PR, because treadmills are scary for me and I actually run on them more slowly than I do outside.. Weird?

My endurance actually felt a little down from last week during the middle of my run (hardest miles for me are 3-6, which has a lot of hills), but obviously I felt great at the end. My suitemates could not believe that I’d just done almost 9 miles when I got back.

Starting this week, I’m going to try to get more of my miles OUTSIDE. Yaaaaay! I’ve been forced inside because of complete cold intolerance/flu susceptibility/snow and ice danger. But, now that at least one of those factors is gone for now, I’m gonna brave the out of doors. I love running outside SO MUCH, and this was reaffirmed yesterday! Even though I bundled up like crazy to go out..

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Underarmour tights and turtleneck + hoodie + running jacket + spandex shorts underneath. I had my hood up half the time.. Only got hot once.

Unfortunately, today is a super nice day, and it is my rest day. I’m chomping at the bit (seriously, my inner running beast is begging smart-me to do just three.. which would turn into 5) to get outside, but I know my body needs the rest, and I already cross trained/lifted this morning. It’ll help me in the long run. That’s what I’m telling myself. ALSO, it has to get nice on a permanent basis, and I’ll be laughing at the time I thought 40 degrees was “nice, warm weather”.

ALSO, as you may know, I’ve signed up for a 10 mile race! It is a trail race, and I have done some “trail running” before. On a really nice, groomed trail. That was flat. It’s how I started my running career, in fact. BUT, I’ve searched high and low for course descriptions, and it’s supposedly a flat, well maintained trail course. Sooo, I think I’ll be okay. I’m going to incorporate some trail running on our super-legitimate glen trails soon, but I’m not too worried. I’m trying to decide my footwear.. But I’ll be wearing either my Vibram KSO Treksports or my new Kinvaras (which need to be ordered.. now). I’ll keep you guys updated closer to the race.

So, I guess now I’m officially “training” for something.. But I don’t think my schedule is going to change much. I’m going to try to do more speed/tempo runs, and lengthen my long run. Ideally, I want to do 12 miles 2 weeks from race day. Why? Because I have a legit fear of not finishing, and I had that goal for myself anyways.. So yeah. The last weekend in February, I will be doing a 12 mile run. Hopefully.

I don’t think that this will negatively impact my race, because after that I will begin a slight taper. I’m not trying to set any records or be competitive in the field, honestly. I just want to see where I end up. If I come in last.. At least I finished? From the stats of the racers last year, it was a crowd of people with a lot more experience than me (I’m 20 and most people in my age group were mid-late 20s who were part of the entire race series), soooo I’m gonna be the joke of the field probably. Don’t care! I like to run, and I want to race, and this is the one I found.

Soooo, that’s my running last week. 41ish miles, PR’d the mile on the tread, signed up for a 10 mile race, ran the longest I ever have, and had an awesome time doing it.

Random Refuelage:

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Vanilla chia oats! I love chia seeds, but always forget to put them in my food.. This was awesome.

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Mudslide dessert oatmeal. Sooo satisfying. Better than ice cream.

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Cake batter protein oats (recipe soon!) with soynut butter on top! My refuelage right after my long run.

How is your running/other sport/working out going? Any milestones last week? When’s your next race/event? What was your last hard workout?

Chelsea