the life of a runner

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Ten Reasons to Love Cross Country:
Runners are sexy
You can eat whatever you want and not gain weight
It’s a team sport and an individual sport— when you succeed personally, your team does as well
You get out of it what you put into it
No one can do what you do everyday
Running clears your mind
You’ll have a great body
You’re healthier than everyone else
Your team will be closer than any other sports team
Everyone else wants to be like you

Ten Reasons to Love Cross Country:

  1. Runners are sexy
  2. You can eat whatever you want and not gain weight
  3. It’s a team sport and an individual sport— when you succeed personally, your team does as well
  4. You get out of it what you put into it
  5. No one can do what you do everyday
  6. Running clears your mind
  7. You’ll have a great body
  8. You’re healthier than everyone else
  9. Your team will be closer than any other sports team
  10. Everyone else wants to be like you

Time for a day off.   No, I don’t look like the picture above, but my legs are killing me from yesterday’s run over the hills (I haven’t run there in more than eight months) and where I live most of the land is flat— should be fun for when I move to Maryland where “downhill” is not in their vocabulary. Anyway, I was planning on doing a workout today, but there’s no point if my legs are sore and tired because it’ll cause the workout to be slow.  So, to make up for it, I want to have a double practice tomorrow: workout in the morning, easy run at night just to get some miles in and ensure I’m not skipping out on my very important workouts.

Although, I think I’m coming to realize that I’m not a long run kind of person.  I really have trouble handling all that mileage since I am not much of a distance runner, rather a sprinter.  I feel like long runs are something people do when training for a marathon, not a 5k and that it’s really hard for me to run more than six miles.  I found an article on Runner’s World that states running half the mileage of a long run, but at a fast pace is like doing the same thing.  I don’t know if it’s the same for me, however, because my mileage is certainly not as much as it would be for someone who is training for a marathon, but I guess it’s the same concept.  If I could run 4 miles at a 7:00 pace versus running 8 miles at a 9 minute pace, is that really helping me more? Who knows; and that is my dilemma.

What is your favorite type of cross training? 
I don’t cross train.

What is your favorite song to run to? 
I don’t listen to music haha.

What brand of shoes do you wear? 
For trainers I wear Mizuno Wave Rider II’s and spikes I always wear Saucony Endorphins.

Do you wear a hat when you run? 
I do not.

What temperature is your favorite for running? 
80 degrees in the shade.

Do you have any big races coming up? 
Uhm. That’s a good question.  I just do what my coach says.

What is your favorite distance? 
200 or 400 meters.

Are you a morning, noon or evening runner? 
Morning or night.

Do you run solo or with a buddy? 
All of the above.

What’s your favorite post run snack? 
Any kind of fruit.

What’s your FAVORITE race?
400 meters.

Do you wear a Garmin? If not, how do you track your runs?
No, I go by my pace because it’s always more accurate than using online maps and such.

What is your least favorite race?
5k because I’m a mid-distance sprinter-jumper who runs cross country. 

How long have you been a runner?
Four years.

What’s your favorite workout? repeats? long runs? tempo? fartleks?
Fast 200 or 400 repeats, sometimes mile repeats, and Fartleks (as long as it isn’t an out and back Fartlek, but rather around a loop).

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I’m thinking about the kind of spikes I want to get for my upcoming cross country season.  My team orders them for me for free, but since I only get one pair each year I ordered theSaucony Endorphin LD2more expensive mid-distance spikes and planned to buy cross country spikes myself.  The only brand of spikes I’ve ever used were Saucony since they were the most convenient and comfy. 

Following my unintentional tradition, I’m thinking about getting the Saucony Endorphin LD2’s.  The past few spikes I’ve had were the Saucony Endorphin LD’s, Endorphin MD’s, and Endorphin MD2’s.  I am unsure, however, if I should be more adventurous and try a different type or brand.  Usually most people just buy whatever comes in their favorite color.  I could care less because they end up caked in mud anyways since cross country and the long jump both seem to be very muddy and spike-ruining.  

This is all too complicated for me and I despise long distance spikes because I naturally run on my toes and one is supposedly supposed to heel strike when running races of longer distances.  It’s all very interesting and yet I still know nothing about it despite my many years of running…

Today was the first time ever that I ran eight miles.  Normally I would skip long runs during the cross country season because I didn’t take the sport seriously and only did it so I’d be in decent shape by the time winter track started, but this year I’ve decided that I want to make an effort to do well in the 5k and hopefully beat some of my friendly high school rivals’ times. So I woke up really early and planned out my route— one I had never taken before and actually turned out to be pretty dangerous and that I will probably never use again. 
Still, I went out at a good pace, I decided that an 8:30 mile pace was the goal and I kept it up… for the first half anyways.  I finished in an 1:13:22 which meant my mile pace was like nine minutes.  Kind-of dissappointing, but considering the furthest I’ve ever run before was six miles I guess it’s not too bad.  Plus, I did slow down when I came across some sprinklers which, of course, I ran through.  But I don’t know what it is with me and long runs, I think I’m not meant to do them.  I wish there was some kind of substitute for them.

Today was the first time ever that I ran eight miles.  Normally I would skip long runs during the cross country season because I didn’t take the sport seriously and only did it so I’d be in decent shape by the time winter track started, but this year I’ve decided that I want to make an effort to do well in the 5k and hopefully beat some of my friendly high school rivals’ times. So I woke up really early and planned out my route— one I had never taken before and actually turned out to be pretty dangerous and that I will probably never use again. 

Still, I went out at a good pace, I decided that an 8:30 mile pace was the goal and I kept it up… for the first half anyways.  I finished in an 1:13:22 which meant my mile pace was like nine minutes.  Kind-of dissappointing, but considering the furthest I’ve ever run before was six miles I guess it’s not too bad.  Plus, I did slow down when I came across some sprinklers which, of course, I ran through.  But I don’t know what it is with me and long runs, I think I’m not meant to do them.  I wish there was some kind of substitute for them.

Me

Whoa. First post.  I’m not much of a blogger, mostly a blog-browser, however I decided to give it a try and hopefully meet people who have similar interests.  My goal is to run longer, farther, and faster in addition to improving the person I am. 

Anyways, I am just starting off my college running career with cross country.  I don’t really consider myself to be a long-distance runner— in high school I was much better at sprinting, jumping, and some mid-distance, but I hope to improve my 5k times and hopefully be able to run races of longer distances someday.  I often struggle with my training since I tend to have several health problems all at the same time including exercise-induced asthma, allergies, and stomach problems.  Even so, I am a tiny little girl who doesn’t look like they could run fast or be athletic, but I am.  So read my blog and follow me!