Summer Running

XCsummerPhoto credits to Coach Lev!

With summer drawing to a close, not only does that mean an onslaught of tests and homework and an utter lack of any kind of social life, but it also marks the start of the cross country season!

*cue fireworks and confetti*

Cross country is kind of unique in that, though the season may have officially started this past Monday, a lot of the conditioning and strength-training happened during the summer beforehand, which meant a lot of running these past couple of months. I could not have done it on my own without the help of some amazing teammates and coaches, but I thought I’d share with you some numbers and tips I learned along the way on how to make the most out of your summer training. 😀

265.3 miles logged from June 8-August 15

10 weeks of summer camp made all of the runs go by so much faster, and easier to accomplish. Knowing I had somewhere to be at a specific time, and having to get my rear in gear to get there, helped to make those runs happen. Having a plan to follow throughout those ten weeks also made the runs easier to plan, and much more enjoyable than just doing the same loop every day. 

5-6 runs a week might sound like a lot, but with the amazing group of girls I was privileged enough to run with combined with the different loops and routes we’d do made the time fly. 

4 lonely treadmill runs while on vacation in D.C. My parents weren’t comfortable with the thought of me running around a big city on my own, so I was confined to the row of treadmills in the fitness center of the hotel. 10/10 do not recommend. So. Boring. 

2 pairs of running shoes carried me throughout the summer. I’m a firm believer in my Asics, particularly in their Gel Cumulus line. Knock on wood and all, but I’ve yet to experience shin splints, knee pain, or any other injuries, so I’m going to chalk it up to good genes and great shoes. 😛

1 Garmin watch that tracked nearly every mile I ran. This watch (the Forerunner 10) is the perfect size, weight, level of complexity and durability. As you can see in one of the pictures above, it’s a pretty popular watch among my teammates. I’ve run with it in the rain and dropped it multiple times, and yet it still holds up. I love being able to see how far I’ve run and the pace, too. 10/10 do recommend this watch for your average runner. Perfect! 

1 glass of chocolate milk after almost every run. I read a while ago in Runner’s World that it’s the perfect recovery drink for right after your run (<30 minutes after), and I’ll stand by that! Who doesn’t love an excuse to have a glass of chocolate milk? 😉

1 incredible team that could not have been more encouraging and supportive and all around amazing throughout the summer, coaches and teammates alike, and one that will make for an even more extraordinary season. Go Scouts!

I’d love to hear about any running you’ve done these past couple of months, or what your team (cross country or not) did this summer to get ready for your season! Have a great Wednesday!

~ Grace