Minttu Hukka


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Senior Year

It seems like it usually takes me about a year to update new material to my blog. I used to be so much better at updating my site, but lately writing a blog has been the least important thing in my life. My senior year went by so fast! I was busy (like always) with school and running, but also enjoying my friendships and just being in Boise. I had a decent cross country season last fall: I achieved all of my goals besides being an All-American… I had the worst race when it mattered the most, which was heartbreaking, but we got 6th in the Nation as a team and I could not be more proud of my girls! My short indoor season was not great, but I started to feel a little better during the last few weeks and ended up scoring in the conference meet. Outdoor track… I am very disappointed how it went and especially how it ended. My first steeple race since 2016 was pretty promising: 10:13 at the end of March. I felt like the European Championships standard 9:55 was within my grasp. I felt like I did not go all out in that race, but I ended up running about the same time the other two races. It did not make sense to me as my workouts were great and I was fitter than ever, but the problem was that I was not mentally in the right place. It was hard for me to believe that I belong there again after the bad years, but I also started building up more and more pressure of finally running a new PR when I should physically be able to. I qualified for the NCAA First Round (Regionals) but ended up injuring myself during the premeet workout. My calf suddenly started hurting and my ankle swell up. I was limping and there was no way I could have raced that week. It was crushing to sit there under the lights and watch a heat after another to fold out and people celebrating when they punched their tickets to Eugene. After we returned home, I got a doctor’s appointment and an xray, and it revealed a stress reaction in my fibula. I was devastated, as I had been healthy and improving since my previous injury over a year ago, but also happy that it had not yet fractured. If I had tried to race against the pain, it might have ended up being a fracture with a lot longer healing time. Now I have not run since then, which is about 2-3 weeks, and this week I should be able to start running again.

 

Confidence is my weakest point right now. I can be physically fitter than ever, but after everything I have gone through, I do not know how to get my confidence back. This spring, I felt like I was in a shape for running a 9:50-steeplechase, but when I was racing I found myself afraid and holding back. Finishing the race with a lot of energy left was disappointing. I felt like such a failure and decided that I would go for it in the Regionals and not be afraid. Well, I ended up not getting that chance, and that’s why I am even more angry at myself. I wasted so many great opportunities due to the fear. I have one more year of NCAA eligibility left, and I want to do everything I can to build myself back up again.

Here’s a quick replay of some of the high points of my senior year:

 

 

  

So much love for my team! You made this (and the other two) year so special to me. I am going to start grad school at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville this August studying Exercise Physiology, and I will also complete my eligibility running for the Volunteers. I am very thankful for my coaches, trainers, and teammates, as well as the other faculty and staff here at Boise State who have been so supportive during both the high highs and the low lows I have experienced these past three years. The people here in Boise made it all worth it, and I will always bleed blue! Leaving Boise is a tough thing to do as I have made this town my home, but I am excited for this new beginning and the opportunity to run for the Volunteers. Here’s to the new chapter in my life.

 

GO BRONCOS! GO VOLS!

Mainokset


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Squad goals

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After fighting against health problems the past few weeks, the 5th place finish in Regionals tasted pretty good – I’m officially back! What’s more, the Broncos captured an auto bid to the Nationals next weekend when we finished second (Oregon won by 1 point!!!). So proud of my team mates and grateful to be a part of a team this strong: not only did our homegirl Allie win the whole race, but also we had three girls in top5 (I, Allie, and Brenna, who finished 4th just in front of me). What’s even more exciting is that the men’s team also earned a spot in the Nationals, so we will all travel together to Louisville next week. It’s going to be so much fun!

Well, the celebration was cut short as when we returned back home there was a bunch of homework as well as a math exam waiting for me. This weekend has been super hard and I’m glad that the Thanksgiving break is just around the corner…

Have a great evening !

Minttu


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Bleeding Blue

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It’s not about me – it’s about the team. I wish to forget the past and move on. All the failures can be very important lessons. In the long run, all these hardships can be blessings in disguises. This weekend I’m bleeding blue for my fellow Broncos. No matter how much it hurts, no matter if I can breath or not – we are all in this together. I will give my everything. We have the work to do. I choose not to be afraid.

Minttu


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Alkukausi tiivistettynä

Onpahan ollut taas kiirettä. Koulun kanssa ollaan lukukauden puolenvälin paremmalla puolella ja maastokaudella siirrytään parhaillaan ”mestaruuskaudelle”, kun edessä on enää Conferencen ja Regionin mestaruuskilpailut, sekä tietysti Nationals, eli koko maan mestaruuskilpailut. Meidän joukkue on ollut tällä kaudella koko maan rankingissa parhaillaan 6., eli kyseessä on koko BSUn historian kovin jengi! Giddy up!

Mulle kuuluu täällä melko hyvää, arvosana 8/10! Pari pistettä puuttuu kympistä sen takia, että olen ollut hieman nuhainen, ja muutama viikko sitten mun polvi turposi yhtäkkiä lenkin jälkeen ja esti juoksun parin päivän ajan. Onneksi se meni suht nopeasti ohi, mutta kaikki pienetkin takapakit ärsyttävät! Nyt olen kylläkin päässyt jo takaisin normi harjoittelun pariin, ja koko syksy on kuitenkin ollut tosi hyvää treeniä, joten en usko että tuo muutaman päivän breikki oli kovinkaan haitallinen – päinvastoin! Pystyn tekemään tosi kovia pyörätreenejä, ja uskon, että niistä muutaman päivän Tour de France imitoinneista tulee vielä olemaan mulle hyötyä. Vielä yksi juttu mikä vähentää pisteitä on hengitysongelmat, joista olen tässä syksyn aikana kärsinyt. Mun yläkroppa on ollut ihan tukossa ja jumiset lihakset estää hengityksen. Eräs asiantuntija sanoi, että hengitykseni on ns. ”chest breathing”, mikä siis tarkoittaa sitä etten hengitä koko keuhkoillani, vaan pinnallisesti keuhkojen yläosalla. Hän ei kuitenkaan ollut varma johtuuko vaiva jumisista lihaksistani, vaiko onko jumiset lihakseni seuraus ”väärästä” hengitystekniikastani. Mene ja tiedä.

Ajattelin kirjoittaa tällaisen lyhyen tiivistelmän kuvineen tähän astisesta kaudestani:

Eka kisa oli pieni kutsukilpailu San Fransiscossa 11. syyskuuta. 6.2km, ihan kelpo avaus. Olin kisan toinen.

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Minä ja kämppikseni Katy!

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”THE SQUAD”

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Kuva: Coach Hartke

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THE BRIDGE! Kuva: Coach Ihmels

Toka kisa oli Minneapolisissa 26. syyskuuta, Roy Griak Invitational. Aika iso kisa! Siellä oli hirveän kuuma. Olin kisan 6. ja voitettiin joukkuekisa ylivoimaisesti, mikä oli aika iso juttu kun mukana oli viime vuoden NCAA mestaruusjoukkue!

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Ohitin loppukirissä kolme tyttöä! Kuva: Instagram @aperturebysd

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Viimeisin kisa oli Wisconsin Adidas Invitational 16. lokakuuta. Iso ja tärkeä kisa, kun mukana oli 20/25 parasta NCAA joukkuetta. Oltiin joukkueena 6. ja oma sijoitukseni oli 45. Olin kisan jälkeen tosi pettynyt. Pari viikkoa ennen kisaa mun polvi siis yhtäkkiä turposi lenkin jälkeen ilman mitään syytä, ja en pystynyt juoksemaan lainkaan muutamaan päivään. Onneksi vamma ei kuitenkaan kestänyt kovinkaan pitkään, mutta viikko ennen kisaa jouduin vielä harjoittelemaan aika varovaisesti ja menin pyöräilystä aivan jumiin. Juoksu oli kankea ja taktisesti epäonnistunut, olin lähes kaiken aikaa pussissa! No jaa, siihen nähden 3.19/km 6.2km matkalla oli kai ihan kohtuullinen, mutta haluan ENEMMÄN!

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Seuraava startti on ensi viikonloppuna Nevadassa kun kisataan Mountain West Conferencen mestaruuskisat! Oon aika innoissani kun tällä viikolla on treenit sujuneet hirmu hyvin pienestä nuhasta huolimatta.. Parempaa on luvassa!

Terkkuja Suomeen!

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