That was a lot longer than intended... I’d planned for 6-8 lol. Started out on Dikes then decided once I got to the light on Main to do a few pickups. Did 8x2 minute pickups with 2 minutes rest. Ended up going up Canyon, finished my last rest and then ran into Angie, Morgan Taylor and Ashley Hawks. Turned and joined them going back up Canyon then finished to the track. Ended up being 11 miles even. 7:06 average for all 11.
Averaged 6:21 pace pickups/7:41 pace rest. A lot of mix with uphill and downhill in there. Feel good about it, good day.
I’m stoked because over winter break I’ll be meeting up with Angie and Garek. Garek is running for Texas right now, I haven’t seen him since last Christmas break. I’m excited to see him
Also, I’m feeling really good about where I’m at fitness-wise. We have 3 weeks of break before classes and practice start up again. I haven’t been very focused on running these last couple weeks more just going through the motions, and yet something has just clicked I think. 50% pace used to be a struggle for me, 7:30 average used to feel too fast (ahem freshman year self) and 7:45 felt comfortable. This week I didn’t try to go fast. It just felt normal. Ashley Hawks said to me today that she struggled her first couple of years here too, but she kept pushing through and one day out of nowhere things just clicked and she had a breakthrough. That seems to be the theme with a lot of women on the team. So I’m excited because I’m ready for my breakthrough, maybe this year's the year! Time to roll
Going to start being more proactive in doing core, rehab, taking my supplements, staying hydrated, getting enough sleep etc to be sure I’m ready for whatever Coach has planned in January