But then I think ‘mmmm, better not.’ Haha hilarious quote from a trailer I saw while at the movies. The movie being advertised was called Pitch Perfect, and it looks really good and funny, so I’m definitely going to see it when it comes out. Anywho, I decided to start this post off semi-interesting because I fully intend to talk about training and boring things that are going on in my life for the rest of it. So moving right along…..
My life is now consisting of packing, working out, and……. yeah that’s about it. I’m slowly increasing my mileage every week, emphasis on slowly. I’ve been increasing each week by 2 miles, and I mean I could probably increase it by more, say by like 3 miles, but after my stress fracture last year I’m playing it more on the cautious side. This week I hit 20 miles for the first time since before my marathon. Everyone say 20!
So I’m pretty happy about it, my main goal has mostly been to remain injury free, so I call it a win so far. The only problem I’ve really had is some slight knee pain, which mostly just means ice needed. And then some slight back pain the past few days, which I think mostly had to do with the fact that I was sleeping on the floor for several days while Chel slept in my bed.
Moving along…… I’ve been running mileage and I know it’s not very high, but after talking to my friend Christine who goes to a different college (D1 or D2?) she only runs 40 miles a week because that’s the amount of miles that works best for her. Personally, from last summer I believe I can get up to 40 miles and run well. I’ve also started adding some speedwork a.k.a. repeats.
Which brings me to my next point. I’m frustrated going into this cross-country season because my coach is frustrating me. Fancy that! Anywho, at the beginning of the summer we all got emails stating we had to run 7 mins flat for a mile in order to compete in meets. How barefoot running is discouraged and a bunch of other crap. I tried emailing my coach 2x after we got the email but he never responded to me. So I emailed my assistant coach and he answered me with; “Pete and I think it’s a very attainable goal if you work hard enough.” That may be, but I don’t understand the motivation behind it. I’ve been running my ass off for the past 2 years and I’ve brought my 5k time down from 30 mins during my freshman year to 25 mins so far before the season. And you know what? I’m still not running constant 7 minute miles! At this moment in time I ran a 7:19 mile. To my understanding if we don’t hit 7 mins flat we can’t compete. So at this point I’m under the impression of well ‘I might as well walk the timed mile if 19 seconds is really going to keep me from competing’. And even if I am able to hit 7 mins I can guarantee that I can not run a 21 minute 5k, at this moment in time.
I’m getting more and more frustrated as the weeks go on and I’m feeling at this point like I need to say something to my coach. I want him to reassess the goal he’s put in front of us. I understand that he might be trying to motivate us to get us to work harder and get better, but what’s going to happen is people are going to focus so hard on hitting 7 minutes for our time trial that they aren’t going to work on endurance so that 1 mile isn’t going to make much of a difference in their overall 5k time. Also, if my coach actually coached and was around to see his team, he might understand the fact that only 2 individuals on the women’s team are able to run that mile. Myself, and everyone who would come in after me were running on average 8:30-9:30 miles.
No way is working my ass off for one summer going to take my time down that much. Hell, working my ass off for the past 2 years to bring my mile time down from 10 minutes to 8 minutes is going to make me able to run a 7 minute mile. Mostly, I think my coach needs to be more of a coach and stop telling us we need to work harder when he’s not even there the vast majority of the time to help us improve.
Fyi, this is the track in my mind, usually focused on one thing at a time… in a sort of ADD type way.
I’m terribly sorry for that major b****fest but I’ve had it on my mind for awhile now and I needed to get it out.
Moving along to another topic. I am currently packing for my move back to school in exactly one week. I’m moving in early for preseason and I’m kinda anal about my packing and making sure I have everything so I get started early. Plus it takes me a long time to actually do it because I get sidetracked and end up forgetting about it.
I’ll give more of an update on that later, but for now I’m heading to bed.
Until later, TTFN.