Friday, March 15, 2013

6 Weeks

It has taken me 6 weeks to fully recover from my marathon. Yikes. Just this week, I've been able to return to what I would consider "discomfort-free" running at a pace that reflects my running fitness.

To be completely honest, I've had to step away from blogs because many of them have left me feeling completely lame. So many runners seems to be able to "bounce back" pretty quickly, but I felt completely broken after this last marathon, and it's been a tough road back. In a way, I almost feel like I am starting over completely. My mileage has been fairly minimal due to both physical issues as well as logistical ones.

I knew that the spring would SUCK with my husband traveling frequently... and boy does it. Our household is set up for two parents and when he is gone. Holy hell. The stress of taking care of three kids, managing my "almost" full-time job, and fitting in running is HARD. Over the past few weeks, those "extras" that you are supposed to be doing while running have been nonexistent for me. Hmmmm. Maybe that's part of the reason it's taken me 6 weeks to recover and not 2-3? (DUH):

  • Hydrating--What's that?
  • Eating properly--Um...
  • Core work-NOT
  • Strength training-Next
  • Foam rolling, stretching, massage-LOL
  • Getting enough sleep-Zzzzzzzz. Huh? What? (I'm pretending to fall asleep and then wake up at the computer if that wasn't obvious to you.)
Anyway, it is what it is. Trying to get motivated here to get back to those much needed things before I injure myself again.

I ordered some Nuun to help me get motivated to drink more! And also because my kids were asking for it. They love the "fizzy tablets" as they call them. 

Anyone tried the cherry limeade flavor? I'm excited!

And a quick kid brag before I head off to grade approximately 2643 papers. Last week was the 2013 Arizona Short Course Age Group Championships (aka: state meet). Not going to lie... It was cold, windy, and rainy Friday-Saturday, and Evan had a rough meet. He pulled it together on sunny Sunday, however, and qualified for the 100-yd breaststroke finals. He ended up finishing 16th overall in the 100-yd breast and 17th overall in the 50-yd breast. Proud of my little guy for breaking the top 20 in the 10-Under age group for the ENTIRE STATE. There were only a handful of 9 year-olds who made it to finals (mostly 10 year-olds... that extra year makes a big difference). Looking forward to continuing to watch him grow as an athlete.

Check out everyone in the background all "parka'd" up. Poor Evan was FREEEEEEEEZING. I'm proud of him for even jumping into the pool! 


  1. I wouldn't worry at all about not feeling normal for 6 weeks after a marathon - those are hard efforts and your body needed the rest! Better to not run if you don't want to, better way to avoid injury that way.

  2. I'm so sorry this recovery has been rough. I feel your pain (my post-CIM was rough, too), though I didn't have your good reasons. Things will come back around and then you'll be doing well again, as well as....your son (congrats to both of you on that!).

  3. Ohmygoodness lady, that is insane! I can barely handle single parenting for a weekend, with one 3 year old! You are still a 3:31 marathoner, it's all part of the cycles. And your mileage was MUCH higher than mine... I am still running in the 20's since my marathon, maybe went over 30 miles one week so far. I definitely feel like I've only recently come out of recovery mode too... by the half, I was feeling good. But it does take a looong time!

  4. I completely get the reason why you have been away from blogs..Completely.
    Glad to see you are back, though!

    Congrats to Evan!! Breaststroke was my fave. swimming event when I swam in high school (I completely suck at the others). Very impressed with his placement in the state!!

    Wishing you the very best of recoveries and back to full swing running.

  5. So I was never able to comment from my phone before but I wanted to now... You are HILARIOUS!! I can SO relate to your many post marathon habits. Been there! I know you are busy but I do love it when you do blog! :-)

    Congrats to Evan! That is awesome!!