Real Girls and Real Food.

I’m on this new jive of blogging.  I don’t blog when I don’t have things to say…it works for both of us eh?  I won’t bore you, you won’t read my bullshit posts and we can all still be blogging best friends. 

Good times.

This blog is a lot of random things combined into one.  It’s sporadic  (on a side note-microsoft word just tried to autocorrect sporadic into spermatic…is that even a word I don’t know) like my mind (I warned you).

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It looks like the fall favorite food in the bloggesphere (or posted from Monday) are apples.  I’m actually not the biggest apple fan…I don’t mind them but there are other fruits I would rather eat.  We have a lot of apple picking places in Upstate though.  True story.

On to today, I knew it would be such a good day when I woke up at 5:30, drove to practice and a little deer popped out of nowhere.  Good God-that is a wakeup call at 5:40am.  I did not hit him but I was on my toes the rest of the day.

I decided to go to Dexter’s for lunch and have a quiche with Julie.  I normally don’t eat lunch on campus right now, but change is good.  For those who weren’t my bffers last semester, Dexter’s a little café that I was obsessed with on campus.  They always have the best local food.

 Today I got a shrimp quiche and quinoa and black bean salad oh and fruit salad too.  

I was also a real girl today-shocking after 6am practice oh I know.  I’m rather proud though.

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And finally…

Someone emailed me (and asked to remain anonymous) about turning the Fashion Friday’s into some sort of competition.  I thought about it for a while and thought that would be the greatest idea in the world.  Tyra would be so proud.  Anyways here is what I thought, I would post all the photos Friday night and then readers could vote and I would declare the winner on Sunday.

Winners each week will receive pancake mix made especially by me.  🙂

So with that being said: Submit me your Real girl photos for Round 1

Well actually maybe I should poll the crowd and see how you guys like it so I don’t just got on a tangent when no one wants me to.

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Question for you:

1.       Do you blog when you have nothing to say or would you rather take the night off?

 

Thoughts on Swimming

Happy Wednesday!  The week is halfway over.  But if you are reading this at night, you should know I only have 1 more full day of class left.  Then work time.  I mostly do all my homework over the weekends.  It gives me to time to relax (or not) over the week.

I feel I kind of left last nights entry in some sort of rant and I probably pressed publish before I fully explained myself.  So I’ll try my fullest to do that.

I left swimming last season hating it.  I left on a bad note-not PRing (which isn’t really the biggest deal..but when you are the only person on your team not to PR you get shit and I got plenty…whatever.)  and having my slowest time since early high school. Yes.  EARLY high school.  As in 6 years prior.  It was enough to make me not love swimming…minus the whole staring at the bottom of the pool for two hours thing.  I was pounding yards, just to get them done.  I hated the two hours I spent in the pool.  I was worn out.  It happens and I thought that the about 6 month break I’ve had would rejuvenate me.

Well it hasn’t.  I’m leaving swimming right where I ended and I still don’t have very good warm fuzzy feelings with it.  I’m not complaining and saying my life stinks or looking for jazzy compliments.  I’m just telling you, right now I do not find swimming enjoyable.

But coffee at 5:30 in the morning makes me happy. If I was late to practice I was going to email my coach this photo to show him proper time management.

Will that change?

Well I certainly hope so.  I like my teammates…they are a riot but my two closest friends that have swam throughout my college career have both decided not to swim.  I mean I live with Julie but the other one Kelsey, has work overload and doesn’t have time.

Luckily, I have Jenna who is about at the point of enjoying swimming as much as me so we can make it through together.  HA.  I just realized, we need to take some photos together so the blogging besties can see yo lovely face! 

Anywho-

Today wasn’t as bad because I actually got to swim with Jenna, we did our yards and enjoyed chatting.  Winning situations.  Today’s practice was just a hair under 5000 and pretty damn easy.  (So also a plus)

500 warmup
1X(100 breaststroke-100 kick-50 fly-150 kick)
400 breaststroke drills
6X100 kick
7X100 pull with the pull buoy at your ankles
5X200 freestyle
4X225 freestyle
400 cooldown

Total 4900 yards

I said on dailymile, but I’m a senior in college.  I senior freestyle distance swimmer.  I’m not going to somehow magically go pro and get to the Olympics in Breastroke.  My coach accepts that and I kind of frolick in the back of lane during the hour of drills today.  It’s beneficial for people that really want to get their breaststrokes in tiptop shape but besides the 400 IM once in a VERY blue moon, I haven’t raced Breastroke in…oh I don’t know 6-7 years.

Well that is my swimming story.  I’m off to watch America’s Next Top Model tonight and a possible night run.  Anyone else?

Night running and a cotton t. Who am I? (at least I still have the side braid...)

Questions for you:

  1. 1.       Something you keep doing even though it’s not your favorite?
  2. 2.       Who do you think will go home tonight on America’s Next Top Model?
  3. 3.        Email me your real girl outfits for Friday!  (or Real boy…Yes you Chuck!  ;))
Holy Hills of Hell

I wanted to post this last night but couldn’t get ahold of the photos until today.  I was so sick Friday night before the race.  I layed in bed from like-oh I don’t know 7pm until 5:30am.  Yeah, I’m okay with it though because guess whose bod was well rested.

On a side note-who says bod these days.  Where the stars did I pick that up.

I did have to scrape my car off because it was all frosted over at 5:30 in the am.  Rude.

The bus ride was rather uneventful, we got to the race 2.5 hours early.  Why?  Well there was supposedly flooding on the roads from the Hurricane.  Too bad that was 3 weeks ago and it was finally gone from the Mountains.  Then the girls race was delayed an hour.  So the race did not start until 2pm!  That means watching what I ate until then.  Rude.

Incase you wondered, I had pancakes (which I made the night before), a vitatop and a bagel.  It kept me fueled for the race though and I wasn’t sick.  I hate afternoon races.  More time to think about it. 

The race course itself is terrible-point blank.  In the course of a 5k, you change in elevation from 0 to 450 feet and back to 0. 

While running up many hills, I thought to myself…is this real life? 

I wasn’t racing though, once again.  Just jogging it out to keep my NCAA eligibility.  I did well though, so I can’t complain.

I really do run sometimes...

I was blessed that I got my splits too.  I guess this shows how hilly it got:

Mile 1: 6:41

Mile 2:14:52 (8:11)

Mile 3.1: 22:45 (7:08 pace)

Dear god-are those the most ridiculous splits you have ever seen?  The thing was I felt awesome at that first mile, it’s not like I just completely died.  It just got to be more hilly than the dickens.  I literally debated walking up one of the hills because I thought it would be faster.

My spikes were god's gift to this race. That is all. Minus I look a hot mess but I'm over it.

No complainants though, it was a lovely race and I had lots of fun.  My legs are sore from it but I’m over it.

Horray for it being done. 🙂

Um yes.  Hills.  I need to work on those.

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Question for you:

Is it hilly where you live?  Do you like down hills?

It is not too hilly on any of my running routes. My area is full of rolling hills though that I should be practicing on.  I need to just continue to build my miles though before I integrate hill workouts too.  I am planning on doing long runs (like yesterday…I ran 7.66 miles) on these rolling hills to become used to it.

The Greatest Breakfast of Your Life (French Toast Pancakes)

I must confess.  I am really sorry.  My blog has failed you.

Where have all the new pancake recipes gone?  No really.  Where oh where did you baby girls go.  A few days ago, I was skimming through my blog reader and someone’s blog caught my eye (as do all her recipes).  I just knew what I would be making in the next few days and for the next few days.

If you haven’t already checked out Susan’s blog, it is one of the most inspirational I read.  Actually I take that back, every single post she posts captivates me in some way or another.  She also has also has some of the best recipes on the planet.

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I have been eating chocolate, orange or chocolate chip pancakes everyday for a while but today I branched out.

French Toast Pancakes

Who knew breakfast could become even cooler. 

Take any of your favorite pancake recipes.  I took my orange zest (without the chocolate) batter because I had made a big thing of it earlier in the week.   You can use boxed mix, protein pancakes, chocolate, vanilla, coconut.  I don’t know be creative.

It isn’t that hard to create.  You already know how to create pancakes and you already know how to create French toast.  Now all you have to do is add the two together.  (Good thing I was a math major to help you out).

I personally used the mixture of (for my french toast transformation):

1 egg+1/2 cup egg whites

¼ cup milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp lemon juice (to bring out the orange zest ever more)

If I wasn’t using some sort of orangey pancake, I would have skipped the lemon, and added something sweet.  Oh well-that gives me something to do tomorrow.

These pancakes are super dense.  They were light and fluffy until transforming them into French toast pancakes.  They also are very moist.  If that isn’t your jive-no matter more for me.

Questions for you:

How do you make your french toast?

I like mine more eggy personally.

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PS:  Be sure to email me photos of your sweet side braids for Fashion Friday!  😉 lolzthatswim@gmail.com

Cross Training

Rest Days.

Cross Training.

Time off.

The more miles you run the better.  The faster the mile is the faster you will run a race.  Go hard or go home. 

These are just some of my favorite topics about running or any endurance sport in general.  Over my past 2 months of eliminating essentially one of my favorite things of the day, I have had plenty of time to read books, blogs and other information about running.  Not limited to any and all of these topics. 

And I have done a lot of thinking.

If you a runner how do you feel about cross training?  How do you feel about taking time away?  Rest days?  A mile is a mile fast or slow?

I feel like there are so many conflicted issues regarding running that I just never had to deal with for swimming.  It’s a well known fact you can over train for swimming and not know the difference.  I’ve spent countless 6 hour days in a pool before (and believe me it sucked).  I didn’t get injured from a week of doing that…it was years.

But that is another story.

Spending a week running too hard can land you some pretty serious and career pausing injuries.  If you were to run for 6 hours a day for a week straight, something (things) would break in your body.  If anything your mind might explode.   Even just upping your miles or running to quickly after a break can lead in injuries.  Everything with this weight bearing exercise eventually leads to injury.

But where was I going again, oh yes. 

Part of my injury problem was overtraining.  I was running mile after mile after mile (X20 for a total of 60 miles) weekly.  Pounding my legs into torture.  Not really torture per say because I felt great doing it (the majority of the time).  Every week that I thought about having a cut week was every week I started off with a few great runs to make me not want to waste those precious good runs.

Rest days…who does that?  (Just kidding I took a few).  But maybe not enough.

So this all leads to how I’m going to change up my routine a little bit eh?  Now that I’m getting back into running, I’m getting back into a routine.  Swimming starts soon (next week wahh!) and once again I’m getting back into that routine.   This post is not about my swimming-I’ll save that for another day.

Until October-I’m going to strictly base build.  Run for time not miles.  (I did that already last year so nothing new…I’ve always done that anyways).  Will that include running everyday?  I don’t know.  If it does, it does.  If it doesn’t.  I won’t worry if my body wants to arc it out that day.  Or do nothing that day.  I can’t force my body to race well if it feels crappy from an overload of bullshit miles.

Going into October, I may do a few speed workouts.  Not many but maybe a couple.  It all really depends on my jive.  By that time practice for swimming will have peaked into 6000-7000 yards.  (voms just thinking about that).

Will I run everyday if it means running meaningless miles if my body feels somewhat crappy?  No.  Will it mean running through some minor pains and aches? Well yes.   I’m not going to force my body to run through pains that will clearly lead to worse things.  I am, however, going to force it to run through cramps, through tired legs and through other minor occurrences.

Here is my tentative plan that I have spoken a lot with my coach about

Monday: cross train or one hour run

Tuesday: morning: easy 45 afternoon: workout

Wednesday: 1 hour run

Thursday: 30 minute tempo

Friday:  Easy 30-1 hour

Saturday: Normally race

Sunday: Long run  1.5 hour run

This should roughly come up to between 45-55 miles.  I won’t get my panties in a bunch if it’s only 40 miles especially if they have been good runs. 

Back to my philosophy on cross training.  I think that doing the elliptical or a machine that simulates running can help keep your endurance up but it will not make you a faster runner.  In my personal opinion, you can substitute easy running for cross training and still get the same benefits as doing that easy run.  You cannot do speed workouts on an elliptical and drop the same amount of time as you do running.

Don’t get me started in swimming because I truly believe they are almost completely different muscles and have little effect on each other.

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And finally-since I’m a rather honest person I’ll let you guys in on a secret.  Yesterday, I participated in a cross country race.  No I did not “race race” it, but I needed to run it so that I could stay eligible for NCAA championship races.  Incase you wondered, I finished in 22:10.  There were a few hills, lots of mud and lots and lots wind.  It was on the lake.

I felt great but did not push it at all (that would be silly).  In fact, I have no soreness and my legs are less tight then they were yesterday. 

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Chat me up about cross training. 

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