Sunday, October 12, 2008

Lots of Running

I just woke up from my nap...and I am still a little drowsy. I was exhausted!!

Friday
It was a beautiful day outside and practice was fairly light. We did a mile warm-up, then went through the normal drills and then worked on our form as well as had some resistance training with bungee cords. Afterward I went to the training room and got into the cold tub (a big tub of 50 degree water) with two of the other sprinters. I stepped into it one leg at a time and it was very cold but not as bad as I though it would be. I stood in it with the water up to my my thighs. It seemed to help my legs and I will have to probably go in again next week.

Saturday
Woke up early to eat and then go to practice at 9am. We spent a good 45 minutes to an hour warming up. My sprinting coach is teaching me a lot - he said we have to touch speed before we race, we have to feel that pace so that when we get in the race our legs will be ready. We did 3x100m accelerations to help us build up to the speed and I could feel that it helped. Then we were put into relay teams and ran 400m time trials. I ran the first leg with Abby as my pacer and finished with a time of 71 seconds!! My legs were burning when I finished but I was really happy with this for a time because
1. this was the 6th day in a row of running and
2. I was still quite sore in my legs
3. I think that is a PR in the 400m
At 10:30 I ran into the field house/fitness center building for the Basketball Alumni Reunion. All my old teammates from past years were there and we played 5 on 5 (a tradition done every year). The first time I got the ball, I felt how weak my arms were; the ball felt odd and heavy - I guess I have turned into a runner! Last May I stopped lifting and decided to let myself lean down and now I have started lifting again. After we finished playing, lunch was provided so we sat down and continued to catch up on each others lives.

Sunday
I woke up early, picked up B-rabbit at 830 and went to the 5k race on campus and met my mom who was going to walk the 5k. My mom used to be a runner before she had me but now she just walks. My left leg felt really heavy but loosened up as I warmed up. The race started and I felt ok but soon I became tired. I knew when I hit the first mile that this was not going to be my best race. This was my 7th day in a row of working out. I ended getting past by a much older woman at about 1.5 miles and she was really booking it (this gives me hope I will still be running super fast when I am 40 and beyond!) I hot the 2 mile mark right at 14 minutes but I was tired. Once I neared the finished I knew that I had second place and just let myself coast in. I was not totally happy with this race (finishing time = 22:38 I think) but I did get second place (just like last year) and I also was the first student to cross the finish line so I got a prize!! My mom actually ran some of the race! She is so awesome and I really love spending time with her. After the race we went and picked out new running shoes for me and also got some really cheap running shorts and a running zip up top! I bought a half size smaller in running shoes and I think that may help my knees because apparently I have been buying my shoes too big! Crazy! B-rabbit took lots of pictures at the race but he is being lazy and has not put them on the computer yet!!

13 comments:

Julianne said...

Congrats on coming in 2nd place!! And don't beat yourself up over your time. It's still great. I love seeing older woman who totally run fast. I hope I'm that woman when I'm older, too!

N.D. said...

That's awesome that your mom runs. hehe :)

Marcy said...

LMAO you already are crazy fast! How much faster do you need to get? HAHA ;-)

The Laminator said...

Congrats on your awesome race! Wow, can't believe you train for seven days straight. I wish I didn't miss that opportunity when I was younger.

The Happy Runner said...

Awesome job on the race!

As for the shoes -- the size makes such a big difference. I was doing that for a while, buying a half size too big, and when I got properly fitted, I couldn't believe how much better I felt. I went down just a half size but it made an impact.

m said...

Wow! You are da runner!

Danica said...

Congrats on the 2nd place finish! :) This past weekend I saw some awesome way old people running, and it is super inspriational! :)

*aron* said...

2nd place is awesome!!! CONGRATS!! great week of training!

Melanie said...

I think you did awesome at the race, especially after so many days in a row of workouts! Congrats!

Girl on Top said...

Great job on making 2nd. I'm seriously jealous! Especially after so many days of continuous training!

Frayed Laces said...

That is so cool that you got to share that with your mom!

Nicole said...

Awesome job.. thats still an amazing time! YOu rock!

Meg said...

Nice job at the race! I love seeing older people running so well because it reminds me that running is about the long haul, and makes me focus less on my results that day.