Monday, April 23, 2012

It's a New Day, Looking Ahead!

I am not going to lie.  Running the Boston Marathon in near 90 degree temperatures really messed with my head.  I was out there ready to quit running marathons forever.  When I had more than 8 miles to go, I could not justify putting myself through the torture ever again.

Now, I sit here one week out and I know that was just one day.  We all have bad days and unfortunately, April 16th was not my day even though I had wanted it to be for so long.  The post-marathon blues have been especially tough this time around.  I had been looking forward to Boston for so long and a 4:29, while it was the best I could perform that day, was not the time I pictured on that clock as I finished.


But luckily, recovery is going much better than I had expected.  I have run three times since the marathon including eight miles yesterday.  I know I could have run further but I am trying to avoid injury at all costs.  My body seemed to have a pretty severe reaction to the heat, so I had a week of what seemed like severe allergies.  This has convinced me even more that my body is not meant to work that hard in extreme conditions and I will not do that again.

Looking ahead, I have a busy month coming up.  My semester ends in a few weeks so I am finishing up classes.  My two week break from school will be my crash course in studying for the GRE.  My husband started a new job today (Yay!!!) so I am finally relaxing there.  We are really excited about the job he chose to go with because it is for a company that centers around fitness so he gets to be passionate about the product and so will I.  I have been busy myself with other little projects and am proud to say I am staying afloat with a smile.

And, then I have a few races on my calendar that I am really getting excited about.  I am running the Vermont City Marathon next month for the 4th year in a row.  My confidence for PRing at Vermont is a little low but I am hoping my running will bounce back these next few weeks and I can maybe PR there.  I am also doing my first triathlon this summer!  I am registered for the Danskin Triathlon in Webster, Massachusetts and am looking forward to seeing how that goes.  (This will be a post in itself this next week sometime.)  

And now, I am contemplating my fall schedule.  I am torn between finding another marathon to run or maybe doing a big triathlon.  I would love to even try a trail marathon, but don't even know where to begin training for one of those.  I would love any suggestions for races on the East Coast that are still open.  Oh the decisions!

24 comments:

Jolene said...

Congrats to your husband on the job!! sounds awesome!! And whatever races you decide on, I know you will do awesome with!!! You have a great attitude about Boston and you did hit a REALLY great time despite that massive heat! And selfishly speaking, I hope barre n9ne is on your list somewhere to come to again ;-) I really do think you'll love how much it complements running!

Middleaged Runner said...

I'm running the Maine Half (also has a full option- awesome race!) the All Women (and one lucky guy!) Half and MDI. All super Fall races...
Glad you're recovering well from Boston- as awful as today's weather is it might have been better!

robinbn said...

Barre n9ne classes are definitely on my list. As soon as we figure out my husband's new schedule, I am hoping to figure out some classes to go to. My body really felt your class on Saturday!

robinbn said...

I have thought about the Maine full, what is the elevation like?. :) And I love the All Women's half. Now I am going to go look up MDI. Thanks for the suggestions!

Jess said...

I can totally see why the marathon messed with your head a little bit -- you were put to a HUGE test in those conditions, seriously incredible that you finished how you finished, even though I know it wasn't your dream finish for Boston. You are such a running inspiration to me, truly. And yes, similar to my sis, I'd love it if you got into barre n9ne classes as part of your "what's next" phase in your training -- it has worked wonders for me, running-wise! ALSO huge congrats to your husband, that is so great!!

Misszippy1 said...

It's the whole child-birth syndrome--how quickly we forget the pain! I have been surprisingly good emotionally on this one. Not mourning a good time at all b/c I know what a tough day it was and I am proud for making it through. Had I had the time I posted on a good day, that would be another story.

There are lots of good fall marathons down this way (Baltimore, MCM, Richmond, Philadelphia) that you can check out!

Jen said...

That day was not PR running. You still rocked it. I think you need to sign up for Mount Desert Island in Bar Harbor, Maine. It's been voted one of the most beautiful marathons. It's October 16th. But it won't be a PR kind of marathon - well for me at least because the last 5 miles are up hill!

robinbn said...

I am really considering the Mount Desert Island Marathon. I am not looking for a PR marathon as much as a race that really reminds me why I love running. I just watched their video on their homepage and they may have sold me. It looks so pretty!

robinbn said...

Child birth comparison is perfect for that race. :) Have you done Baltimore? I had a friend who asked about that one.

robinbn said...

I can only imagine how much those classes do for your running. I am in awe of the strength you guys must have as I was DEAD tired on Saturday. My run was so slow because of it, but it was a good tired. :)

Amanda @ Sistas of Strength said...

Sounds like things are falling back into place for you!! :) If you want a break from running and want to try something new come visit us. :) So excited for you guys that hubby got a great job!

robinbn said...

I am going to check out your website again and see if I can fit a class in. Between you, Jolene, and Jess, I will figure out this strength training thing. :)

Jen said...

The beauty is really what sold me as well!!! I used to vacation there as a child and the husband and I went there for our honeymoon - it will be a fun experience to have the whole family there so we can sightsee as well! And yes - just running for the love of running is definitely a major reason behind my running it as well!

Runningtobeskinny said...

I think it's awesome you ran the Boston, even if conditions weren't what you'd hoped. Good luck in your next race, I think you're a rock star. :)

Laura said...

I know I would have felt the same way running that race- but I'm glad you're getting your motivation back and have some exciting things on the calendar. And congrats to your husband on the new job!

Kathy R said...

Glad your are recovering well. Boston sounded brutal - be proud of what you did out there!
Best of luck with Vermont City and with the GRE!

Runtomunch said...

Fall- I'm looking at either Amica or Lowell marathon. Sadly Amica is too close for my busy work schedule to make a weekend of it. Taxes and marathons just don't want to mix.

I feel you on the heat recovery. I felt hung over all week and I didn't even take one toast!

Runtomunch said...

Fall- I'm looking at either Amica or Lowell marathon. Sadly Amica is too close for my busy work schedule to make a weekend of it. Taxes and marathons just don't want to mix.

I feel you on the heat recovery. I felt hung over all week and I didn't even take one toast!

Caroline said...

congrats to your husband! and I love this race picture!!!

LIana said...

Fall- I'm looking at either Amica or Lowell marathon. Sadly Amica is too close for my busy work schedule to make a weekend of it. Taxes and marathons just don't want to mix.

I feel you on the heat recovery. I felt hung over all week and I didn't even take one toast!

LIana said...

sorry on the double comment - my phone doesn't seem to like this openid or disqus posting method =)

Lisa said...

I've just signed up for VCM (it'll be my second)...looking forward to a hopefully better weather day for a more realistic marathon time :) Have fun deciding your Fall race(s)!

Samantha said...

What about the Amica Marathon in Newport, RI. It's in October and it is one of the most beautiful races I've ever run! A lot of running on the ocean!

RunningMandy said...

I'm glad post-race recovery is going well! What brutal conditions that was - heat is my biggest race fear...I'd rather run in ANYTHING else. I'm excited to see what you plan for the Fall!