Fresh Start.

Wow, it feels good to be back. I really have missed writing over the past two weeks. Actually … I’ve missed creative writing! the past few weeks have been a wild ride full of homework, Washington rain, track practice, play practice, little sleep, salads, and barking. Lots and lots of barking. Not from our little dog Paco, but the newest addition to our family. Coming from a pitbull rescue organization, we officially adopted this sweet boy.

Meet Milo. 581791_511489032236656_349051145_n My dad trying to hold Milo for a picture. Two of my favorite guys!

I think it’s safe to say that Milo is a good match. :-)  525278_511487718903454_1546754769_n

Besides adopting Milo, I’ve started track. Already two weeks in, our first meet is coming up this Saturday. Ah! Other than hill repeats, long runs, barefoot cooldowns, and weight workouts, nothing too exciting has happened … EXCEPT for one thing. We have an actual distance group! Woohoo! Instead of the “distance kids” made up of four or five kids that also do cross country, this year we’re a mighty group complete with runners ranging from the 400m to the 3200m. Most of them don’t realize that by doing our workouts that they’re going to be running the longer races, but oh well. They’ll figure it out eventually …

So far, the group of kids we have training together this year is beyond awesome. Because of them, this is quickly becoming one of my favorite seasons. Of course running alongside Andrea and Tyson again has been great and without them I don’t know what I’d do. I’m hoping it will turn out to be a good season. I can’t lie and say that I haven’t been surprised by how much the other runners have fit in. There isn’t as much complaining as originally thought and honestly? I’m starting to believe that some of them like our distance workouts. Secretly of course!

Even with starting the new track season, my attitude hasn’t been what it should be. Staying positive throughout the off-season after a stellar ending to my cross country season, I was hopeful that the mindset I was in would continue. Being so, the past month has been rough. Rough as in exhausting. Exhausting on both the mental and physical side of things. I realize now that I overtrained this winter. Not to a point of injuring myself, but enough to the point that my body was tired of pushing and that I needed to back off. With this tiredness came the end of my good attitude and positive outlook on the upcoming season. Frustration followed every workout and no matter whether it was a hard or easy day, I struggled to finish. Taking some time to get more sleep, cutting back the intensity of my workouts, and being able to relax has turned my life a full 360. Able to recoup, I’m back to my normal self and feeling much both better mentally and physically. Already this week I’m feeling stronger in my workouts and am feeling happier. Crazy what only a few small changes can amount to …

Things back to normal, I’m ready to run hard and fast this weekend at our first meet. I’m excited to compete, see and visit with friends from other schools, eat Munga cookies, have a crazy team bus ride, and get back into the swing of things. With all that, I’m also insanely nervous about racing again. We’ve only done a few workouts on the track and I’m definitely not feeling fast! Attitude in check, this is the first blog of many more positive ones to come. Until then, I’ll keep working hard, pushing my teammates to be the best that they can be, and mainly? Just enjoying the track season. Fresh start! :-)

Until next time,

Gabby.

On a goal sheet that our coach handed out the other day, the bottom of the paper asks for comments. After jokingly filling out the field event portion with a goal to jump 5’10” in high jump this year (I’ve never even tried it to begin with!), I took the last few lines a bit more seriously.

“Last year I had a bad attitude in my training, but after such a great XC season, I’m ready to be a positive part of the team and a role model in being both a hard worker and a supportive teammate.”

That’s a good enough goal, wouldn’t you say? :-)

keep going

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4 thoughts on “Fresh Start.

  1. Hey Gabby,
    Thanks for this post!! I found it really encouraging. I too have been tired mentally and physically, but I am totally prepared to cut it back a little and work on getting more sleep, plus I am actually looking forward to my run later today. Thank you so much for sharing your running thoughts and wisdom. Good luck out there!!

    • Thanks for reading! Glad my mindless ramblings could help even a little bit. That means so much to hear you say. :-) Hope your running has gone better and you’ve been feeling more rested and positive about it all! Best of luck to you too! :-)

  2. You have quite a schedule! I’m amazed how you can do all that and still have energy to run.
    I have the tendency to over-train as well. It took me many years to realize that I can become stronger by not training so much, but sometimes I still have to fight the urge. Especially with the half coming up in a few weeks.
    Sounds like you’re going to have a great season! I’m excited to see how well you do! Good luck!!

    • Haha it is a crazy schedule, but the key to figuring it all out is balance and knowing where to cut back. One which I’m learning about as I go! Haha.
      I wish I had learned the “overtraining” lesson earlier, but I think it’s one that comes to runneres when they need to learn from it most. It can’t be taught is what I mean to say!
      The season is off to a great start! I’m excited to see where it will go as well. :-)
      Thanks so much for your support! Best of luck with your half coming up and in your training!

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