It’s only September, but by all accounts fall has already begun for me. Classes & cross country season are back!
I returned from China/Hong Kong on Sunday, August 25th, and classes started Wednesday, August 28. So this week is the beginning of my third week of the semester. Running club has been crazy busy! We try really hard in the fall to gain the attention of prospective new members (especially freshmen), and so far this year it’s been successful, to say the least. We held a 9pm run followed by ice cream sundaes the first week, and around 50 (mostly new) people showed up! The number dwindled down a bit at practice, but we still have 10-12 people coming in the morning and probably over 20 in the afternoons. A lot of the new people are really cool; I hope they decide to stick around!
We’ve pretty much solidified our cross country racing schedule, but I won’t be able to go to all the meets. My racing schedule for the upcoming months looks like this:
- Philadelphia Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon on Sept. 15 (THIS SUNDAY. eek)
- XC 6k at UVA on Sept. 21
- XC 6k Princeton on Sept. 28
- XC 6k Regional Meet at Delaware on Oct. 26
- Maybe a local 5k on Nov. 10
- XC 6k National Meet in Hershey, PA on Nov. 16
- Philadelphia Marathon on Nov. 17
Yes, the Philly marathon is the day after nationals. My current plan (same for many of my teammates) is to take the nationals meet really easy (the beauty of club running – we’re just in it to have fun) in order to still be fresh enough for the marathon. I don’t anticipate it being much of a problem.
I’m pretty happy with how running is going right now. I haven’t really been following a certain schedule of any kind, but my miles are about 35/week, and I’ll probably get number that closer to 40. I haven’t been doing speedwork other than some faster sections peppered into my normal runs. I’m taking the pressure off and just enjoying runs with friends. Although I’d really love to get a BQ at Philly in November, the reality is that would require a level of training and fitness I’m just not at right now. If it happens, great, but otherwise I’m content to place that goal on hold.
Enough words. How about some pictures from China?
View of Hong Kong from the harbor
Light show in Yangjiang, China
Me at the light show in Yangjiang
With one of the plaster molds we made of the children’s legs (I can explain more of the orthotic fabrication process later if anyone is curious!)
My partner’s and my nearly completed AFO (ankle-foot orthosis)
Me with the boy my partner and I built orthotics for
Riding the cable car in Hong Kong! The bottom of the cars were totally clear – that’s water underneath us.
Another cable car view
The Big Buddha
I ran 3 times in those two weeks, all on the treadmill, for a total of 15 miles. It was interesting to use a treadmill set to kilometers!
Finally, the Hong Kong skyline from Victoria’s Peak
The trip was absolutely fantastic. I’ll write another post later on elaborating on some of the stuff we did there. Until next time!