Somebody That I Used to Know

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But you didn’t have to cut me off
Make out like it never happened and that we were nothing
And I don’t even need your love
But you treat me like a stranger and that feels so rough
And you didn’t have to stoop so low
Have your friends collect your records and then change your number
I guess that I don’t need that though
Now you’re just somebody that I used to know

(Lyrics from Somebody that I Used to Know by Gotye feat Kimbra)

OK, I’m being a bit dramatic here… but I imagine this is the lonely oval singing to me before my race on Friday. Actually, I’m just really into this song right now, and it was playing on my way over to CNU on Friday.

So in case you haven’t heard, after eight long years I finally got up the courage to get back on the track for an indoor track 5k. I was super freaking nervous, but I got a lot of words of encouragement from my family, friends, teammates, and twitter peeps which helped calm my nerves. I practiced throwing ninja stars with my mind, and focused on the things which I could control. By the time I got to the track I was calm, confident, and ready to race!

The start... on your marks!

My race plan was to chill for the first few laps to see if anyone would take the pacing duties, and then try to average 42.6 per lap for 5:42 per mile (17:45). I was entered at 17:30, and there was a girl entered at 17:40 with another at 17:50, so it seemed reasonable that someone would go for it from the gun. Pete was positioned just past the start to get my splits, and when I ran past him the first time he called out “46, go around them!!” I looked at him and mouthed a “WTF”, then bolted around a group of two girls. By the end of the next lap I passed the only other girl that was in front of me with a 41.6 lap, and ran alone for the rest of the race. Although I slowed slightly somewhere in the middle of the race, my mile splits were exactly even at 5:40, 11:20, 17:00. In my head I had wanted to start my kick between 400 and 500, but I was hurting during that last mile. I ran my last lap in 39, for a total time of 17:39.95.

CNU Captains Invitational 1/20/12

After the race we got to hang out with my family. They were already planning to come to town, and it just happened to be the weekend of my track race.

My sister Steph (@SADViloria) and my niece Mia (future track star)

Post-race: Me, Steph, and Mia (wearing my Oiselle spike bag)

Pete, Mom. Me, Steph, and Mia at 1st St in Virginia Beach

Steph, Brandon, and Mia (we all braved the wet weather for Mia's first trip to the beach)

So.. a few final words..

Believe I Am’s visual cues work, so if you are looking for some strategies to change your focus when you feel like you’re going to throw up from being nervous… check it out at

My uniform from Oiselle was perfect for racing on the track, just like when I wore it for a road race a few weeks ago. Get some stride shorts from and check out their Spring 2012 line! Those stride shorts do not ride up!

My new hydration go-to is Endurolytes Fizz from Hammer. I’ve found that Gatorade upsets my stomach, and water is too bland. The fizziness was perfect for settling my stomach, and the mango flavor is delicious.

Sparkly Soul headbands are awesome! I wore the silver one for my race. That sucker did not move and kept my hair in place for the entire race. Amazing.

And Picky Bars… oh how I love thee. At a track meet with a rolling schedule, you never know what time your race will actually go off. So I ate half of a Picky Bar after my warm-up and it held me over perfectly until my race. I ate the other half after my cool-down, and was fine until I ate dinner at 8pm. Holy crap! That’s that hardest part about night races… what do you eat? You don’t want to eat too much, but you also don’t want to be that girl who hobbles to the finish because she hasn’t eaten in eight hours. Problem solved.

(PS- Family, I miss you! Come back to visit us soon! Love, The Turners XOXO)

(Edit: credit to Brandon Viloria for the photography from this weekend!)

6 thoughts on “Somebody That I Used to Know

  1. Awesome job!!! You should be so proud of yourself. I haven’t played a tennis match in 4 years now (yikes! how has it been that long) and what used to be second nature to me now seems scary!

    I feel the same way about picky bars and believe I am as you. The believe I am stuff really helped me when I was training for NYC and even with my injured race. I don’t have the stride shorts so it seems I need to check those out!

    Best, MBS

    • Well… the good thing about tennis (and running) is that it can be a lifetime sport. Not all sports are like that, so we’re lucky in that respect. Eventually you’ll get that desire to play a match again, and I bet it will all come back to you!!

      And I really don’t know what I would do without Picky Bars… I’ve become a habitual user 🙂

  2. Mia can’t wait to run around the track with her Auntie Mollie. We will have to get her some flats that fit her :). We had tons of fun watching you race. Those college kids have nothing on you!!

  3. I just found your blog and it is great!

    I almost ran the CNU 5K but got into VT (which is closer) and ran there instead. Congrats on your race! While I never ran as fast as you in college, I am trying for similar goals now, including a March marathon. Reading about other women trying for the same goals is so inspirational. Hopefully I will see you/meet you at a race at some point (not to sound like a creeper!) Keep the blog going and keep running!

    There are a few of us (two former William and Mary runners) out here in the Roanoke area that are still trying to get it done too! I will recommend your blog to them. I am starting one that should go live soon (a week or two) about running and teaching/research balance.

    Allie K.

    • Hey Allie, thanks for your comment! Don’t worry, you don’t sound like a creeper 🙂 Hope your training is going well, and I’m sure we’ll run into each other at some point since you’re in VA too. I’d love to run at Tech (on that sweet banked track), but it’s a pretty far drive compared to CNU. Thanks for the link to your blog, I’ll check it out!

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