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178 That is the number of miles I have run in 2014 thus far.  I’m pretty proud of that.  If my coach gives me another 41 mile week next week, which he probably will, I will be over 200 miles within the first 5-6 weeks.  Wow! I don’t think I’ve ever run that much in that short of time before.  So that makes me pretty happy.  Also, I got a new snatch PR the other day.  I wanted to see if I had gotten any stronger over the winter break so I decided I wanted to try snatching with the 45 lb. bar or as I like to call it the “Big kid” Bar.  And when I tried it I was able to do it no problem! So I added about 5 lbs. total on there and so now my new snatch PR is 50 lbs.- super pumped about it! 

So that’s good.  Also, I’ve been juicing a lot.  I’ve only done pure orange juice, basically just a crap ton of oranges through the juicer, and a green juice which is made of; kale, cucumbers, granny smith apples, lemons, and celery.  greenjuice1It makes a decent amount and it tastes pretty good.  Plus this way I get a bunch of vitamins and minerals real quick.  I try to juice like 1-2x a week depending upon how much of the supplies I have to make the juice.  I end up bringing it in my container to class and I definitely get weird looks, but hey I’m being healthy here people!

On another note, I’ve begun making paleo pancakes, which are delicious.  I totally ruin them with some non-paleo maple syrup, but I digress…

I’ve been  having my food issues resurface as of late.  I’ve returned to some of my old habits, and I’m attempting to kick them back where they belong- not around me! So that’s a struggle right now, but I’m working on it.  What else is going on?
Oh, I’m attempting to finish up my law school apps and my internship is literally the bomb.com.  Applying to law schools is stressful as all heck, mainly because I want to make sure that I write good personal statements and I’m attempting to keep up with my homework, which is another issue.  But luckily we have a break in literally 2 weeks, so I’m banking on that to get homework and law school apps all taken care of.

So that’s basically it right now.  Just trying to stay afloat and keep myself on track and focused for the next 4 months until graduation.

So until later, TTFN. 

Being Human

Ok so I KNOW I keep revisiting this and I’m very sorry for the constantness of this but it’s still something I’m struggling with.  Motivation.  I mean some days I really don’t want to work out or don’t see the point, even though I usually end up working out.  It’s just like I know I need to be patient, but I’m still kinda disappointed that I’m not seeing more results in terms of slimming down and getting a flatter stomach.  But  I had forgotten about my ‘Motivation Book’ in which I put a butt-ton of motivational pictures and quotes and I came across one that basically said; “not seeing results but trusting that one day I will see what I want and still working out when I’m frustrated” which kinda helped so I’ve continued with the working out! 5ac04d230f0fb8616d8b2dbb40f4c394

So I said I restarted the Insanity program, which is kinda true.  I’m doing it more on a loose basis- in that I’m doing it when I feel up to it which could be 4x a week or 1.  I’m basically just doing it at this point as another form of cross-training and not my main form of training.  Again, as I said in my last takes post I have increased my mileage to 25 miles, this is the 2nd week of my 25 mileage.  I’ve had two solid 5 mile runs per week for the last two weeks.  Honestly, when I first started doing 5 milers (it usually a little under an hour) I dreaded doing them because it took so long and my body kinda ached towards the last mile.  But now that I’ve been doing them for a while, I actually am really starting to enjoy them. a406c9db4985cf13708235e86e93dec3 I don’t notice how long it takes anymore, before it seemed like I could feel every minute going by, but now it passes much more quickly.  Next week during preseason and the week after I’m hoping to hit at least 30 miles per week and then we’ll see how my body feels.

Other than that, it’s the final week before I go back to school,  I move back in on Sunday.  So my room was a mess before, but now there’s a worse one because I’m attempting to pack and organize and my room is basically nuts looking.

I’m getting super pumped to go back and I can’t wait to live with two of my best friends; Kinga and Maggie. rea3f6f5e3744220ed6835a8a9954c3b6a They’re both really into working out and eating right so I know I’ll have a good support system when I’m back at school.  I’m also going to attempt to lift weights 2x a week on days when I don’t have early classes,  then swim 1-2x a week at night.  So we will see how long I’m able to keep it up or get it going at all with my busy schedule.

Also,  yesterday I went to the gym with my friend Christine and she helped me to learn good form for squats and bench press.  I even did dumbbell bench press at 20 lbs! I’ve never used that high of weights for that before! I’m happy to see some progress somewhere!a83c799bd3276b2046cebe9ce1e699fa

So that’s all I’ve got for now, until later TTFN.

100% Mental

So my mileage is currently 5m/day.  And I was just thinking about it, especially today when I  was running 7, but running really is a mental sport.  I mean I remember running 4 at one time and thinking it was a huge amount of running.  I had these mental barriers that I couldn’t possibly run 5, 6, or 7 miles at once.  But that’s all they were- mental barriers because well I ran 7 this morning so obviously my body is capable.  I mean its funny to think because some people will be like well duh if you work up to it you can run long, but its a mental thing.  If you think you can’t, you won’t.  But if you think you can you will.  I mean I realize the simplicity of this, but I guess I kinda had a serious breakthrough and just realized how mental it really is. mind running

Anywhoser, this past Wednesday was my 21st birthday and I like to think I did the traditions of 21st birthdays right.  I only have one class on Wednesdays from 8-9:40 a.m, well it just so happened to get cancelled so I began drinking mimosa nice and early.  Then I went out to the bar with a few of my friends at around 9 p.m.  Thank God for my friend Sean who lovingly puts up with my demands (still not entirely sure why).  He  took me out originally and was lovingly surprised by my friends Al, Corey, and Bino who drank with me.  And then Ra Ra showed up after I bugged him for a good half an hour (I’m terribly annoying).   Then a lovely creepy old man bought me shots- fun times.  Long story short: Everyone bought me a mix between shots and drinks and I got drunk.  And yes, I’m not ashamed to admit that I threw up, but I also remember everything because I didn’t go cray cray I mean it was a weekday and I had 4 classes the next day.  1339618657374_5719358

Funny story: My two roommates; Bill and Danielle were like impressed the day after when I told them about my birthday and what time I came home and how I puked multiple times.  The main part they were impressed with was that I didn’t a) wake them up and b) puked outside the toilet a bit and cleaned it up right away, while still intoxicated.
What can I say? I don’t want others to have to deal with my annoying self.
Anywhoser, the next day poor Ra Ra decided to tell me I was quite mean to him…. oops! He told me it was ok since it was my birthday so I didn’t feel soooo bad.

And for those of you who are wondering, no I don’t have any pictures and I am glad.  An individual’s 21st birthday should never be documented.  But I digress…

That’s all the excitement I’ve got going on for right now.  I have a bunch of homework and some fun meetings and such to attend to today, so if I can get that stuff done I’m going to a movie tonite.
So until later, TTFN.

Not feeling well

Ok so I’ve been super tired lately, to the point where I decided to take my normal weekend 1 day off from running day yesterday.  And you know what I did all day? I slept.  I’m kinda a little ashamed to say that’s all I did because I really don’t do that…. like ever.  But my body was kinda  along the lines of f*** you Sara, you’re going to take a nap.   Which I feel like backfired a little bit. 
Yesterday I woke up at 9 and by 12 I was back in bed and I slept till 3:30ish.  Then I couldn’t fall asleep last night till like 12:30, so even though I’m kinda tired again today I’m determined to just be awake all day and then go to bed early tonite.  But that’s enough about my sleep patterns for now… unless you have some burning desire to know them?…….

On to my training…

Breakdown: This week I’m running 24 miles with 1 rest day.  Next week I will run 30 miles with 1 rest day, which will be a breakdown of 5 miles a day.  (I’m currently at 4 miles a day).  And the week after I will be running 35 miles with no rest day and I’m going to continue raising my mileage like in that way until I reach between 42-49 miles a week in which case I will see how I feel and decide whether I want to increase my mileage further or leave it at that. 
For those of you who haven’t understood my method I’m increasing my mileage as follows; this week 4 miles/ day with 1 rest day, next week 5 mile/day with 1 rest day, following week 5 miles/day with no rest day, and so on and so forth.

I figure that alternating weeks of rest days while staying at the same mileage per day for two weeks will help my body adjust without getting to run down and me still getting a day off every once and awhile.  That’s my plan anyways so we will see how it goes.

Well that’s all I have for now, so until later TTFN.  ass kicking

Let’s Talk About Mileage

Let’s face it, it’s a big topic when it comes to runners.  Mileage.  I’m going to go all cray cray and quote Jimmy Buffet from one of his songs; “We all got ’em, we all want ’em, what do we do with ’em?”  Well, I am not sure Mr. Buffet.  I mean we all track or mileage, some of us religiously (Um.. *cough* me), but what’s the point? We compare weekly mileage between our running friends and ourselves, between us and elites, between anyone and everyone under the sun.  I’ve heard numbers ranging from the 20, 50, 70, 88, 100, and 140 miles a week.  From beginners, to middle runners to the elites.  I mean I don’t know about everyone else but one of the many sites that I track my mileage on is Daily Mile and the tracker looks something like this:  

I mean what drives us?  What does it matter how much in a week we work out or run?  We constantly compare out mileage per week to those around us, but honestly Not all Mileage was created Equal.  I mean the elites train at such high mileage because it’s kinda their jobs and that’s how they stay in top performance shape.  I have friends who average around 60-70 miles a week.  And right now I’m averaging around 10+ miles a week.  But how do you know what’s right for you? I think a lot of people focus on what works really well for someone like Shalane Flanagan, Kara Goucher, or Ryan Hall. But really people we need to focus on ourselves.  And I know personally I operate best at about 40-50 miles a week.  I mean that’s the highest my mileage got before my stress fracture this past summer so honestly I don’t know if I could push it higher (and honestly I pushed it higher during the summer too fast and that’s why I go the stress fracture) and perform better,but that’s beside the point.  I can’t go off of someone else’s schedule I have to listen to my body.  I think too many of us forget that and try to follow some crazy that’s going at the moment. I’d like to leave you with a quote by a one Sir Roger Bannister and it goes something like this; ” You find out by trial and error what the optimal level of training is.  If I found I was training too hard, I would drop it back for a day or two.  I didn’t run for 5 days before the sub-four-minute mile.”   I just want everyone to think about that as we start moving towards the spring and racing season really starts to pick up. 

On another note……. MY GIANTS WON THE SUPER BOWL!!!!!!!!!!!  

I’m very excited if you can’t tell. I’m a huge Giants fan and was practically crying at the end of the game when the Patriots threw that serious Hail Mary.  It was a close game and for those of you who know me I had said it was, but I never doubted my boys for a second ;).  I still can’t believe it myself to be honest, but I guess I better :). 
Anywho, that’s all for now, until later TTFN.