Off The Trail: A Week in the Life of a Cross Country Runner
Monday, October 19, 2009 | by Michael Pierce

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s cross country team is off to one of its best starts in school history. Megan Thies, a junior who owns the top five 5K times in school history, took some time this past week to record a journal of her daily activities. This is Megan’s account of what it’s like to be a runner on the FGCU cross country team:

October 12

We had an easy 4 miler in the morning. Feeling great after my day off yesterday :D I had to go shadow at the hospital right afterwards and then race back to campus for class. I’m pretty sure I aced my Human Physiology test! Afternoon practice was another easy 5 miler with 6 striders. After dinner I had a study session in my dorm for a few girls in Bio I, I hope they all pass their test tomorrow! Whoa am I ready for bed!

October 13

Another easy 4 miler in the morning to get the funk out of my legs for tonight’s tempo run. My only class of the day is cancelled so I have all day to catch up on my mountain of homework :D Went grocery shopping and met with Coach to talk about my training. Our second workout went great. I did a 2 mile warm-up with dynamic drills and striders then 10 minutes tempo-5 minutes rest-10 minutes tempo followed by a mile cool-down. I’m really satisfied with the pace I was able to sustain and it boosted my confidence for this weekend’s race.

October 14

Just an early, easy 6 miler with core and arm weights. I was really sore from last night’s tempo so I took it easy and ran on the golf course with some of the boys. I got my Human Physiology test back that I took on Monday and I got an A! We didn’t have practice tonight so it was nice to be able to make a good dinner for a change.

October 15

Lovin’ this race taper! This morning I ran a nice and slow 3 miles with the girls with a few fast striders afterwards. I had two easy classes today and came back to my dorm and took an amazing hour long nap! I’ve got to make my pre-race dinner of homemade pizza and watch Grey’s Anatomy!!!!

October 16

Race day. The team meet at 6:15 this morning for a 2 mile shake- loose. We leave for Stetson at 10:15 and we’re all pretty pumped for the race. My legs are feeling great from the last two days of recovery runs so I should be able to coax a great race out of my legs tonight.