Cross Country is BAAAACK

It’s almost one of my favorite seasons. I love the fall for many reasons, my birthday, crunchy leaves, eating chili, running in cooler temperatures, and one of my most favorite times of the year is because of the sport that comes with it. Cross Country!

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In high school it was always my favorite sport and now that I have the opportunity to coach it, it is still my favorite sport. Things have changed since I started running but the races are all still the same. It’s a simple test of how hard you can push your body for 3 miles. There’s something so invigorating about waking up on the morning of a meet and feeling the jittery excitement. I still get so nervous and I don’t even have to race!

I love the fact that Cross Country is an individual sport, yet a team sport. You can push yourself against the other runners and if you’re lucky, you have a great team that runs as a pack and scores well against other schools. I was on a team with only about 7 other girls, so we never did all that well in the larger meets, but I enjoyed it because if I finished well, I could still get a medal.

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I love the training, the different workouts, seeing our athletes succeed and the changing of the colors as we run through local parks and paths. There is something that just takes me right back to my days in high school and I love remembering those times. It was really hard at the time, but looking back I could have run harder, pushed myself to go faster. Even though I could have done better, I’m so glad I learned the sport of running and now I can continue to enjoy it on my own and am able to coach as well.

Coaching Cross Country is something that brought me back to running too. It’s what made me realize I missed running when I felt like I couldn’t run anymore after my mom died. It’s not an easy sport in any measurement, nor glamorous or even really recognized at some schools, but it’s something that I’m so passionate about and I love so much. I’m so grateful for another year to coach and give back at Lakewood, to hopefully teach the kids that running can be a lifelong sport and that you can love to run. Just like I can hear my high school coach in the back of my mind sometimes when I run, I hope they can hear me encouraging them and that they will have the same memories I have every time fall comes around.

xoxo

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August Recap & September Goals

Coming from a ‘down’ mileage month in July, only 37 miles for the month, I really had the goal of hitting 100 miles again in August and ended up hitting 112! I was really happy that I got back up there so quickly and mostly injury free. The fact that we had camp in August and were able to run in pretty incredible spots made getting in the miles much easier! I started off running 3-4 miles and just kept building each week with my longest run being a 10 miler on the weekend.

Big Bear TrailIt’s somewhat scary trying to run that many more miles quickly as it can lead to injury so I made sure to roll out on the foam roller and take ice baths, which helps a lot. I usually do an ice bath after a long run for 1o minutes. It’s hard to get in, but it really helps my muscles feel so much better. Another thing I made sure to take was rest days to give my legs a break. I need to remember that I’m rebuilding right now and that’s okay!

Ice Baths in Trash CanI had my fair share of really hard runs this month. Not hard because I was climbing or doing speed work, hard because my legs were tired from running the day before and I really had to push through the sloggy miles. Those runs can be discouraging but I know it’s just a part of the training and getting back into the routine. It makes me really appreciate the easy run when I have so many meh ones. I just need to trust the training process and getting back into higher mileage shape.

Signal Hill Training RunFor September, I really plan on getting in around 120 miles, and hope to push up my longer run mileage. With my heel problems, I haven’t been running really long runs and I know with the City of Oaks Marathon quickly approaching I need to get on it.

A hard workout in Signal HillRight now I’m not worried that much about pace, but staying healthy and enjoying each run. I’ll keep my rest days the same, 2 days a week and at the end of the month I hope to be able to do a 20 miler for the race. I’m really looking forward to that weekend, I know it will be fun to finish the race with Andi, I’m already so encouraged by her training and mindset!

Here’s to another great and healthy month of running!

xoxo

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Cross Country Camp

Last week I was up at Big Bear training with the cross country team at Camp. It was so motivating for the season and I can’t believe our first race is a mere 20 days away. Not only was it great to train up there, but the trails were gorgeous. It’s always invigorating to me to run in a new place and it seemed to be just what I needed to really get myself back on track running wise. Sometimes running around town down here can get so boring and it’s nice to switch up a normal routine to find new inspiration even if it’s only for a day. How running in a new place can help you reset your running routine. Continue reading

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Home Update: Built-Ins!

Before and After: Built In Entertainment Center in the Family RoomWe recently got a new addition to our home, a built in media/entertainment center! We bought our house in October of 2011 and have been working away on updating it ever since. As they say, the projects at home never seem to end. It has been fun for the most part and we haven’t had any crazy issues pop up yet, knock on wood. I really love how the entertainment center turned out and it opened up our entire front room.

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Cross Country Camp… thus far

This week I’ve been up at Cross Country Camp and let me tell you it has been a hard, tiring, crazy yet really rewarding experience. We took up 20 of the faster kids on the team, and sadly left about 50 behind :(, and planned out a week of running, activities, cooking meals and team bonding. I am exhausted and it’s only Wednesday.

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