I’ve thought about going for a run several times since the marathon, but haven’t. Honestly, I really did consider it, I swear, but my recovery has taken a strange even though much better path this second time around.
After the marathon, I was elated for about 2 days but then the inevitable post-marathon blues set in pretty heavily. Endorphins gone, a disappointing race on top of it all, my Team in Training season over, and I became a miserable lump of self-pitying-good-for-nothing. Knowing this was bound to happen, I made sure to fill my social calendar with good friends who would make me laugh and not chastise me too much for blubbering about my marathon woes.
I was lucky enough to get profiled by the authors of Run Like a Mother on their blog last week and even though it was fun to be famous for a day and get tons of encouragement and pats on the back from friends and family, I was still really bummed out about San Diego. (You can ready my profile here!)
Last weekend, I went away with my BFFs and even though in my funk I was not looking forward to that trip whatsoever (which included wine tasting- see, I really was depressed!), I went anyway and had such a great time! Most of my closest friends are not marathoners so they easily told me to stop my whining, drink some fricking wine, and have a good time for the love of all that’s good! So, I did!
Alright, alright, it took a little more coaxing than just some good wine and tasty snacks to shed my bad attitude…
And then we embarked on an amazing white water rafting adventure with Mariah Rafting and it was SO MUCH FUN!!!!! I can say that now but, if you know me, you know that I do not swim. In fact, I am deathly afraid of the water. Then why, you maybe wondering, would I ever say yes to white water rafting? (Which is exactly what I was thinking after the rafting safety talk, or 100-different-ways-you-can-drown-and die talk.) Well, I knew I needed something after the marathon to push my limits and get those endorphins back, and this was certainly a good choice…
With rapid names like The Meat Grinder (which I re-named Pretty Flower), I was more than freaked out but we had an AMAZING guide named Eric who was really funny and great to talk to, and he helped to put me at ease.
Didn’t die- totally survived Pretty Flower! Laura: 1, white water: 0, spectators that heard my constant cursing: 500.
DID NOT fall out of the boat, drown or die! Miracles do happen!!! Yay me!!! (And yay our stellar guide, Eric, he was a lot of fun to spend the day with- if you are in the Bay Area and looking for a great company to raft with, check out Mariah! Great prices, very well-organized, super friendly staff, gorgeous scenery, complete with lunch at the end of our trip!)
I returned home from our trip finally feeling happy again. Scheduling an adventure like that really took my mind off the negative feelings surrounding the marathon. It was so much fun to spend time with my BFFs- wallowing in self-pity just propagates it, pushing past it is certainly a challenge but doing so helped remind me what’s truly important in life. Races come, races go but this time spent with my closest girlfriends is much more valuable than any medal could or will ever be.
And then I got some really great news: I was chosen to be the Fundraising Captain for Team in Training’s winter season! WOOOOO HOOOOOO!!!!! This will be my fourth season with TNT, and my first time as a captain. This season includes the Nike Women’s Marathon (my first season and first marathon with TNT) so I will be reuniting with several team mates and I really can’t wait to start running with them again!
Even more stuff-of-life has kept me busier than ever this week… including getting ready for a nice, long vacation at our family cabin, 7 weeks to be exact. Yes, that’s quite a lot of packing! So for the next 7 weeks I’ll be doing a lot of this…
And a lot of this…
And, can’t forget to get in some of this:
While doing this:
Tony Horton is going to be my new trainer for the next 7 weeks and while I intend to take a break from running during that time (running at that altitude kills me anyway!) I promise to try to keep updating the blog with my P90X progress. I hear it’s a tough but great workout, focused mainly on strength training, really meant to tone and firm those muscles which, after a 2 week break, should be all ready for a little pain and suffering. Oh, I mean fun and “sweatness” (my 5 year old son’s word for “fitness”).
So this break from running will last until I return from my vacation in August. I am not racing in August, I’ll just focus on ramping up my running again with my new Body By Tony Horton and my new TNT team. September will be the Color Me Rad 5K, followed by the Ragnar Relay (go team At A Medium Pace!), followed by the Half Moon Bay 10K. In other words, there’s a lot of running to look forward to and with Ragnar on the horizon, I have no excuse to slack off even in paradise!
And with that, I am off to finish packing as we leave for the cabin today! Happy, happy summertime!!!
What are your plans for the summer? Do you take breaks from running completely or replace it with something else, like me? Do you think I am completely crazy for doing Ragnar???