13 in 7

Back home and back to training!

This week was my first week back at my home in Chesterton, and it is like I never left. Other than the 10-4 work shift I had Monday through Thursday to train at the local running store, (Extra Mile Fitness in Valparaiso, IN), this week was just like the old summers. When all I would do was get up, morning swim practice, lounge all day at the pool for work or at the beach for life, then second swim practice…it was tougher than it sounds!

Only now, I am 22 years old working part-time and waiting to hear about future “actual” jobs. Though an internship and job would be nice, I think a summer like my past week would be a pretty nice lifestyle for awhile!

So here was my week: I worked out 13 times in 7 days. And, as I write this my legs are doing that post-run shaking/soreness and my eyes are drooping. (And, I am shamefully admitting to going to bed before 10 p.m. probably 2-3 times this week). But, hey, when you get up at 5 a.m to swim, I need my beauty sleep.

MONDAY: Early morning chest and triceps lifting and afternoon easy 6 mile run in the trails

TUESDAY: 5 a.m. Masters swim practice-about 3300 yds and afternoon leg day-squats, lunges, hips/glutes

WEDNESDAY: Early morning back and biceps and afternoon 8 mile run in the dunes and firetrails. Then hour and 15 minute yin yoga session targeting glutes and hips

THURSDAY: 5 a.m. Masters-about 3000 yds and afternoon leg day-deadlifts, glutes

FRIDAY: Early morning shoulder lift with my dad-(who is still sore 🙂 and afternoon 6 miel run dunes

SATURDAY: Felt sluggish so cut 8 mile run to 6 miles in the dunes

SUNDAY: Long Run! 12.3 miles in Dunes to Cowles Bog-felt okay, nothing too sore or fatigued. I was really hungry the whole run though. I ate half a banana with a little bit of PB before hand, and had to ration and spread out my one chocolate PB GU at miles 6-9.

With an established work schedule that has me at night now three times a week for about 4-5 hours, my workouts will alter slightly. However, this is the goal. I want to keep up with lifting as heavy as I can and maintaining and building a strong base for running.

Goal races:

24 hour run this June-just for fun

100k or 100 mile in September – Woodstock in Michigan. Distance depends on amount and quality of training miles this summer

November marathon to re-qualify for Boston

January-Rocky Raccoon! First race of the year-go all out! photo 3-4photo 2-1


Welcome back Jess

I am running again. And, I swear, with one hand typing these words and one arm on the invisible Bible that I borrowed from my roommate, stupid injuries and this “overdoing it” mindset will never happen again.

Don’t laugh. I really am going to change….

My dad told me yesterday something that I guess never occurred to me before, or at least in that way before. He said, “You just jump into things. You jump too quickly without thinking things through.”

In some ways that is a good thing. It means I take risks, I am adventurous, I am ready to try new things. Right? Or does it mean I dive head first into something so that I really don’t have to think about it? Was diving headfirst into graduate school something I did because I really wanted to continue my education, or a way to solve my problem of not having a plan after graduation and feeling like a failure back at my parents’ house? In that case, the answer will be both.

But what about other situations, like my first 100 miler last April? The moment I signed up for that race I was all in. I ran everyday. I ate healthy, trained hard in the gym, and did nothing but eat, sleep, run (If you don’t believe me ask my roommates-they thought I was a freak). I jumped, well cannon-balled would describe it better, into the ultrarunning world within a year of becoming a real runner. And how did it turn out? I ended up seriously injured and not able to run for about a year. But, I jumped into a third place finish, an amazing under-24 time for my first 100, and landed with the memories of one of the best days of my life. Was it worth it? HELL YEAH.

Overdoing it. Jumping in with my eyes closed. Having my “If anything is going to happen it’s going to happen out there mindset.” (Captain Ron). These are qualities that I have and am thankful for, but they still require the power to control them. I am still learning how to run and lift together safely, and I am still learning how to eat healthy without depriving myself of my Ben and Jerrys. I am still learning that though I say I am a pretty laid-back person, I need to apply and actually do that in life, not just talk it. 🙂

I can spend hours reading and sleeping on the beach. I can spend hours running and lifting in the gym. Balance baby, balance.

So thanks Dad. I do jump into things, and I do jump quickly back out of them, once I figure out maybe that wasn’t such a good idea.

I am jumping back into running. I’ve got my new shoes on, my log book dusted off, and y Garmin charged. Welcome back, Jess, the trails have missed you!