|But the celebration dinner my friends put together makes it totally worth it!|
- First, my GI system didn't work properly for about a week.
- Then, my kiddo's GI system rebelled, she got the full-blown flu and vomited for days..
- Finally, after a week's worth of running like normal, after my 16 mile run, I strained my mid-foot carrying Avery down the stairs. Really? I can tackle mountains and marathons, but the dasterdly combination of a two year old and stairs did me in?
|Suck it up mommy!|
Luckily, most of the paces I prefer were already taken by the time I saw the signup, so I only signed up to pace the Quarter (and not the half) and at a pace that is relatively slow for me. Nonetheless, I didn't sleep the night of the 22nd when I was on the mountain, I barely slept the 23rd because I had to get up for an early flight back. I was still on Pacific Coast time on the 24th, thus, getting up early to pace this race on the 25th felt like someone had kicked me in the face with mountain boots on. We won't even talk about how stiff my quads felt or how I was still extremely dehydrated from all those events. As I got ready for the race, I actually wondered whether or not I would be able to pace the whole thing.
|MIT pace team pre-race|
|Nothing better than pacing in a pink tutu!|
The other race that involved a recap fail was a labor day 4 mile race. I paid all of $10 to sign up for it and it was rumored to have lots of fun goodies at the race itself. You got one raffle ticket for signing up and could get a second one by bringing in three canned goods to donate. I didn't win any prizes, but they were really awesome. There were all kinds of booths giving away free stuff and I wound up coming home with 3 new kids books for my kiddo. AWESOME.
I actually did really well considering I barely ran the week before. After pacing so many miles RIGHT AFTER climbing the mountain, my whole body rebelled and I didn't run again for 6 days. I struggled through 10 miles instead of the 18 miler on Saturday, took the next day off, and then had this race to run on Monday.
|One of my local running groups, RUN DMC, pre-race.|
I finished in 33:50. The course was a tiny bit short, so my true average pace was 8:45 min/mile. It was hot and felt tougher than it should have, but it felt good to run more effortlessly again! My age group was fierce, 16 people had sub-8 min mile times! A gal that I paced with most of the race placed in her younger age group. It gives me hope that I will get faster as I age. :D
So, now I've recapped the "races" I've done since the mountain. Phew. I know you're all relieved. Ha. I was supposed to be running the Boulder Half Marathon this weekend. The event has been postponed because of the seriously crazy flooding they've been having in the area.
After discussion, my family and I decided that I would not fly to Denver, opting for quality family time at home instead. American Airlines offered to charge me $200 to change my under $300 flight to another weekend. Um. We have not yet taken them up on that ridiculous offer. I don't know whether or not the event will be rescheduled to a date where I can make it, so far now, I'm assuming I won't be able to run it at all. While it is disappointing that I essentially threw away about $500 for a race I didn't run, I think the race organizers absolutely made the right call! With a natural disaster like this, I'd rather the focus be on helping the community recovery. My thoughts and prayers have included everyone in that area for the last couple weeks.
Other race stuff? I've been debating the idea of adding the Philadelphia Marathon to my fall schedule. (With Colorado out, hubby owes me a weekend away, right?) If I sign up, I would run Detroit as more of a training marathon, and throw my serious racing effort at Philadelphia. This idea came up because of my foot strain and how difficult it has been to come back full strength from climbing a mountain. (Philly gives me 4 extra weeks to get to racing effort).
At the moment, I am still not doing any speedwork, because my heartrate is still a little higher than normal on most of my longer runs. I had a quality, solid 10 mile run this Wednesday with zone 2 heart rate and no foot pain at all, however, so maybe I'm turning that corner!
|I'm giving all the credit for the strain healing to this fun torture. |
Sticking your foot in an ice bucket for 10 minutes sucks more than it should.
Anyone else race recently?
Anyone else have a physical event take longer to recover from than originally anticipated? How did you keep yourself patient with it all?
Thoughts on whether I should add Philly to be schedule?