To say the past week has been a myriad of emotions would be an understatement, but I'm riding the recovery (sans the usual post-race endorphins). And, the sun is still shining, so all is well.
Here's what's been happening:
First off, there's been some emotional lows. As I've eluded, Route 66 did not quite go as I'd hoped. I trained hard, I put in more miles than ever before, and I did a lot of speed work and drills. I certainly was not hoping for a BQ (ha ha ha ha ha...I would have picked a different marathon for that LOL), but I was optimistic for a PR. I knew the route would be hilly, and I was expecting some wind (ummm...Oklahoma...'nuff said). What I was not prepared for was the hip/groin pain throughout most of those 26+ miles. The constant rolling hills did not agree with the constant pain/strain on my compromised hip. Frustration:101.
Next, there was Monday. I was stiff Sunday evening (on the 8-hour drive back to Iowa), but felt pretty good Monday morning. Right on schedule, the DOMS came knocking late Monday afternoon. As much as I was hoping to do a simple (s.l.o.w.) mile for #nevermissaMonday, I resorted to walking instead. Not really a big deal, actually, and Coach Suz advised me to walk anyways. All was well (other than the DOMS playing havoc with my quads and feet).
|never miss a Monday...even if you have to walk it|
Then, the pendulum swung the other direction. Still, no post-race endorphins (or even a microscopic dose of runner's high), but I couldn't ignore the pride I felt in realizing I had, indeed, just finished another marathon...my sixth marathon none the less. Even though my finish time was a good 30-minutes slower than I'd hoped, I realize it still was a finish time many others would envy. It wasn't a bad finish time, it just wasn't the finish time I had wanted (or trained for). Stay tuned...the recap is still in the works.
|Tough race on a hilly course...but the bling was legit|
|We had over 100 participants and collected over 200 pounds of food!|
Friday, I had a renewed sense of happiness(and a very full tummy from the previous day's gluttony). My sister, oldest daughter, and myself headed to the mall (an hour away) and did some Black Friday shopping. We didn't arrive until almost 11:00AM, the crowds were manageable, and there still were plenty of bargains to be found. We got back home around 5:30, I changed into some running clothes, and headed out for the Streak 1-miler...so far, so good.
|Streak day #2...successful!|
|Streak day #3...with a warrior-3|
|So far, so good....four days of streaking|
We enjoyed having our Pennsylvania daughter (and her adorable dog) for the past week.
|This is Lola...and she kept stealing Max's toys|
|My first grand(fur)baby|
|The color red, puffer vest, comfy scarf, jeans and boots...these are a few of my favorite things|
And, it was a great Thanksgiving. The Pennsylvania daughter and the college-student son both were home. And, with a new dog in the family, we had a fun (and busy) weekend.
|My heart is full|
How was your week? Thanksgiving with family? Lots of food? Turkey Trotting? Ever have a tough race that left you (temporarily) depleted of all emotion?
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