My spring racing season is in full swing, which means I have lots of things to fess up to for this edition of the Runfessions linkup that Marcia hosts for us every month.
Since we’re still in Lent, I am going to be brutally honest, but still focus on five transgressions so I can join the Friday Five 2.0 linkup hosted by Rachel and Lacey and Miranda for hosting the new Friday Five 2.0!
I still think half marathons are 5k too long. I met my goal at the NYC Half Marathon, but it was hard. (Did you see my recap yet?) I’m sure if I were better at pacing myself I wouldn’t have hated the last 6 miles as much, but I’m not, and I sort of did. Even though there are many more half marathons to choose from, I’m sticking with 10 milers as my favorite distance.
I plan to get my money’s worth out of this picture!
I’m still recovering and my next race is in two days. As I was pushing through the last few miles of the NYC Half, I couldn’t get over the fact that I would be racing again in two weeks–and now that two weeks is two days. While my quads recovered quickly from the NYC Half, my calves are still complaining about the Reston 10 Miler. (Did you see my recap for that hilly race?) Even though I don’t plan to chase a PR, I know I will push myself. (This is what a PR looks like for me!) The fact that I head to Europe the evening after my race for the first of two back-to-back international business trips is just making me more apprehensive.
I signed up for the Denver Colfax Urban 10 Miler in May. Yes, I know I just said I was apprehensive about my next race, but the Denver Colfax Urban 10 Miler sounds so cool! And, I haven’t seen my daughter since Christmas, so I definitely need to go to Colorado by May. At least I decided not to go for the half marathon option, (This is one of the reasons I think racing is like having a baby!)
I won’t join you for post-race brunch. One thing I didn’t do after the NYC Half was go out to brunch, and I’ve never attended the post-race VIP brunch after the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. While I don’t have GI issues during a race (knock-on-wood), and my post-race GI issues have gotten better than they used to be, my usually iron-clad stomach is still unsettled after a race. I’ve found that I do better when I eat something simple right away–a soft bagel and banana are best–and avoid anything more substantial until mid-afternoon, or even dinner. So, go on to brunch without me!
I’ve added another studio class to my schedule. If you’ve been following my Weekly Wrap posts, you may have noticed that I’ve been going to Core Power Yoga for the past few Fridays. I really love Ann’s classes, and am having fun trying some of the basic balance moves. So now I’ve got Orange Theory Fitness with Brandon on Mondays, Revolve indoor cycling with Aimee on Thursdays, and CPY2 with Ann on Fridays. That leaves Tuesday and Wednesday for strength training and/or running, Saturday for my long run, and Sunday for a bike ride. Phew!
We promise not to prank you if you join us for the Ultimate Coffee Date Link Up tomorrow!
Post-race brunch — yay or nay?