Thursday, May 23, 2013

Just a few things: Recovery, Scheduling, Volunteering & Throwback

Just a few quick things today :) 
Hope everyone is having a fabulous Thursday!

1. Marathon recovery is going well, my legs are feeling really good and I am excited to run later today for the first time. I was going to run yesterday...but I tried being a smart ass and going without caffeine did that end up? Post-Marathon-Fatigue + NO Caffeine + Stupid Hot weather = Laura taking a 2 hour nap at 4 pm  Then when I did wake up, ice cream won the battle over going out and getting even sweatier. I'll blame that on the cravings and the heat. Am I upset about this? Not one bit...I ran a 3:25 marathon 3 days prior, I'm pretty sure that gives me room to be lazy for a few days.
Good news is, a running hangover isn't much different from an alcohol hangover (well the running thing is clearly more healthy than consuming a bottle of wine and 6 jack and cokes like some people do every night), but that's besides the point.
Cure to a hangover: refuel, rehydrate, and rest. 

2. I'm taking this time right now to really get organized and get back on track with everything that I have going on. I'm still working on getting my home office set-up and organized, which will be a big help. Studying for 2 huge exams (Series 7--for my job, and my ACE Certified Personal Trainer Exam), and planning a wedding while maintaining 2 jobs requires a schedule. Since I opted not to run last night, I spent my time from 6 pm until about midnight studying and also making a study schedule. This thing is crazy detailed and it's exactly what I need.
Yep, this is what my summer study schedule looks like!
This is the 'master schedule', I also have it broken down and printed out for each week to keep track.
Hopefully I can stick to this better than I stick to training plans. 
3. I think my race schedule is going to be changing a little. As of right now I am supposed to be doing the Keuka Lake Intermediate Triathlon in a little over a week. This would be my first triathlon and a real training test for me for my upcoming Half-Ironman in July. I think I am going to forego this race. My tri-training really has taken a back seat the last few weeks and I want to go into my first tri as prepared as I can be. I found another tri of the same distance that is 2 weeks after Keuka, which would give me 2 extra weeks to prepare. I know that I could complete Keuka next weekend, but I want to feel comfortable and confident going into it. Another option I am considering is doing the sprint distance at Keuka which would be much more manageable for me, and then the Intermediate Distance 2 weeks later. The plus of that option is that it gives me 2 triathlons under my belt before heading into Musselman 70.3 in July. I will decide by the end of this weekend for sure on what I would like to do, I need to make the right decision for me.

4. After Volunteering Tuesday night at Corporate Challenge, I am really excited for this weekend. I had planned to volunteer for the Buffalo Marathon so I can watch people like Heather, and my cousin Krysten kick butt in their races. I finally got my "volunteer assignment" I will be road marshaling shortly before mile 3. That makes me really happy to be early on because I can see everyone early and then be done soon enough to jump on my bike and ride the course cheering and providing support for people I know. Please let me know if you are running so I can watch for you!!

5. Until last night I had totally forgotten that the Sehgahunda  trail marathon/relay was this weekend. John and I know quite a few people doing this race, including one of his best friends Mark. So we will be going down to Letchworth for the day to cheer and support everyone we know. It's going to be a really fun weekend. Watching 3 races this week is seriously just what I needed to recover mentally and emotionally from the marathon. Let me know if you are running this wicked hard trail marathon/relay and I'll make sure to watch/cheer for you!
This is how I feel about me & trail running.... hence the reason I will be cheering and not running.
If there is a rock or a branch hidden 6 feet underground, my feet and face will find it.  
You can see SOME of the dirt I got myself into in tonights race..
Throwback Thursday: This was me in 2010 finishing my first trail race...oh wait first trail run too. You can kind of see the mud. I was covered in dirt and blood (I fell like 5 times...good times.), ended up with a sprained ankle and some good bruises! For the record, just about EVERY.SINGLE.ONE. of my race finish line photos are of me stopping my watch. I should work on that. Oh, and I never did a trail race again after this, maybe one day...not anytime soon.
What is the weirdest craving you have had after a big race?
Any thoughts on my triathlon dilemma?
Who is racing this weekend?


  1. Sounds like a very fun weekend planned!!! I am doing my first ever obstacle course race this weekend and from what I hear its about 3-4 miles and at least 100 obstacles! Found a partner for the race and I get to meet her for the first time the morning of the race way far out of my comfort zone.

  2. It's funny the guy that made the triOswego video on the website also worked for my health center as a graphic designer and videoer. He s a great guy. I'm so sad you are doing that tri...watching that video I saw my house and my work. This is borderline awkward. I claim the work but I'll never claim that as my house I guess.

    Like I said, I think that is such a good call to do that race though...more time to recover and whatnot. Also you are not allowed to should be pounding out miles all week long instead. Having a lunch time coffee currently in your honar.

  3. The trail I run near my house is super flat, anything with rocks, branches, etc. = Abby biting the dust! I am with you on finding every possible root to trip on.

  4. I fall on the trails all of the time too, which in turn, makes me too scared to run fast on them.

    I agree w/ your tri decision, if you don't feel ready, I'd wait.

  5. wow 3:25!!!!! Must read recap! You rock! Ummm..yes rest :)

    Lots of great things going on for ya! Have a great weekend!

  6. Ok you are crazy organized. Jealous.
    As for the tri's...I am doing my first Half-Iron this Fall, but have done at least one sprint &/or olympic every year for the last 6...
    As you know I am a slow poke, not a speedster..
    So I would opt NOT to do the first sprint so close to your first half, even though you would like to practice triathlon-ing.
    It might be nice to experience transitions, so I would say that's a PRO;
    BUT it's kinda like doing a 5K in prep for a marathon: NOT the same!!
    Especially if you are a person who is fast, and/or likes to RACE (whereas I mostly just am going for the finish), you don't want to muddle your training mind with speed...
    The olympic will give you much more of an idea of how things are going to go down, and not make you feel too tri'd-out before you get to Musselman.
    It is smart to not race soon and get some more training in first.
    "Run this Amazing Day" is another blog I follow and she did a Half-Iron before any other tri, I think; after being a runner for many years...might help...
    GOOD LUCK!!!


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