I sincerely apologize for my extended hiatus; I just got back from Playa Del Carmen, Mexico and now I’m knee-deep in the welcomed chaos of track season and AP tests.
As you can see, Mexico was beautiful! However, I am so glad to be back with my teammates and completing hard workouts together. Doing all of my runs on a treadmill in a steamy gym was not so fun. Neither was getting food poisoning (don’t eat the salads in Mexico).
I am looking forward to this season because I feel more ready than ever before. Aside from our usual system of stretching, plyos, running, and core- our coach has implemented weight lifting into our practices which has seemed to pay off immensely. The benefits of weight lifting for runners (especially track athletes) are huge! Weight lifting strengthens weaker muscle groups, reduces injury, and produces more successful athletes in general. After working with weights all winter, I ran a 5:29 mile at our inter-squad meet before spring break. A time only 4 seconds off my PR! My teammates are looking exceptionally strong as well and I am anticipating a fantastic season filled with fun and many memories.
Unfortunately, the weather here has been less than satisfactory. I have not seen the sun in six days due to torrential downpours and snow flurries, and this miserable weather pattern is expected to continue for the next week. Due to these strange conditions, two track meets have already been cancelled. That’s right- I still have run at my first meet. Yet, on Monday our team is running against Forest Hills Central and it looks like it will be able to be held. I’m supposed to run the one mile and two-mile which is quite a mouthful for a first meet, but I love the events and am excited to race them.
Since the meet was cancelled today, my coach decided to seize the opportunity and my track team had a speed workout this lovely morning at 8 a.m. During a time span of 2 hours, it rained, snowed, and hailed. The weather was awful, but we got through it together and ended up enjoying a very tough workout. From the 150-500 m and back down ladder to the mile of surges, I ran with the knowledge that the workout would make my teammates and I stronger competitors. When I got home, I took a hot shower and had a large breakfast consisting of yogurt with granola and eggs. This morning has definitely been a cozy one.
Do you run in bad conditions? Or take a day off? Comment below!