Write It Down, Do It Up – Week of October 13

Greetings!  So, let’s start with the good news:  I survived that half-marathon yesterday.

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The bad news:  I suffered from some major GI issues that started at mile eight. (TMI?  We’re on that level now, right?) Not sure if I’ll write an official recap; it would most likely be filled with details you won’t want to hear, ha.  Long story short, it was not that race I wanted, and I have sworn off the distance (again) for the time being.

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On a bittersweet note, my 2013 racing season has officially ended, and in an effort to transform from triathlete to real person, I celebrated with a glass of sangria and a lobster BLT from The Red Hook Lobster Pound at Madison Square Eats.

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And I slept in until 7 a.m. this morning–progress.

Before the season ended, though, I did log some quality training last week.

Monday – a.m. swim and run with Full Throttle Endurance (FTE)

Light 3,000-yard swim, plus a five-mile easy run.  In preparation for the half-marathon, my coach instructed me hold a certain pace, and then proceeded to test me by telling other teammates to speed up and see if I would bite.  I didn’t.

Tuesday – off

I originally planned to bike, but my coach suggested sleeping in and taking the day off to ensure my legs were fresh for Sunday.  If you twist my arm …

Wednesday – a.m. run

Easy 3.5 miles in Central Park.

Thursday – a.m. swim with FTE

Another easy 3,000-yard swim in the long course pool.

Friday – a.m. easy shake-out run

No Garmin, no electronics.  Just an easy two-ish miler.

Saturday – off

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So, I hesitate to call this next part Write It Down, Do It Up.  Since I’ve been getting after it since January, the week I plan to do nothing.  Absolutely nothing.  Let Operation:  Sloth Week begin.

Who raced this weekend—how did it go?  How do you bounce back from a tough event?

20 responses to “Write It Down, Do It Up – Week of October 13

  1. Mmmmmm sloth week. You’ll be itching to work out by Thursday.

    Maybe the key to 13.1 miles of happiness is swimming 1.2 miles and biking 56 miles first.

    • I have a feeling you’re right re: Sloth Week. My dad is visiting this week, though, so that will make it a bit easier to skip workouts and eat whatever I want. 😉

      When I hit the wall at mile eight–and during the rest of the race–I kept thinking about how people can run strong after swimming 1.2 miles and biking 56. Just wow. I really hesitate to make the jump to the HIM distance until I can run a solid “open” half-marathon, though.

  2. The run portion of a 70.3 is WAY different from an open half marathon. Much more steady and enjoyable, and if you aren’t hammering yourself on the bike, you will pass so many people. Lots of fun.

  3. Cute race shirt 🙂

  4. SO GLAD you survived the half marathon girlie! Running – and just running – is SO super tough, way to go!!

  5. Sorry to hear you didn’t have the best half marathon. GI issues are the absolute worst and I would honestly just consider it a bump in the road. Don’t swear off it too soon though!

    • Honestly, when I finished the race, my thoughts were along the lines of, “I never want to do this again.” But now, I do want to take another stab at the distance and show it who’s boss. 😉

  6. I’m sorry the race wasn’t everything you wanted. I know that can be disappointing!

  7. damn those GI issues!!! Gosh never make it easy on our bodies do they. Well I mean you celebrated in the best way I know of, with lobster

    • The GI stuff was so bizarre because it’s never been an issue before. But then again, I haven’t been running long for a while either. Train, race, and learn, right?

  8. Sloth week! yay! I’m doing it with you. It’s my 2nd week in a row, actually. Been injured since a half marathon on September 1st, and run a marathon with it (which wasn’t as bad, but didnt make the injury any better). Congrats on finishing!

    • I have to say–I’m a fan of sloth week so far: sleeping in, eating whatever you want. Last night, I had wine and ice cream! 😉

  9. Bummer about the Half! But, it happens to all of us. Trust me, I’ve been in search for many brushes before! Congrats on a rock solid season and cheers to some rest during the off-season!

    PS – Totally love when you start thinking 3000 yards in a pool is easy and light! I remember back in the day when I thought 1500-yards was soooo far! 🙂

    • Man, that race was tough. In a matter of seconds, I went from feeling great and being on track to hitting my time to scrapping the goal and just trying to finish. Those longer distances can do that to you. Oh, and I almost popped a squat in the woods too many times to count! That’s what nature’s for, right?

  10. Aww, I’m sorry that you had GI issues that’s the worst!! I hope you still, somewhat, enjoyed yourself though. Don’t swear off the half marathon distance, I’m sure you will find it enjoyable (in relative terms) at some point!

    Enjoy your easy week!

    • Jamie, you weren’t kidding when you said the course was hilly! When we finished, one guy said it was even tougher than the IMLP run course!

  11. Ugh, GI issues 🙁 I’m sorry!!! I had some of those early on in my training cycle and really freaked out that it’d be something I’d have to contend with on race day. I’m sad you had to deal with those, but I’m glad this wasn’t the only race you’ve had in the season. I think at some point you HAVE to have a great half, after all the crappy ones you’ve gone through!

    • If the GI issues had to happen, then I’m glad it was during this one when I could easily change my goals. And I guess it’s also a rite of passage? Ha!

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  13. Oh no!! I am so sorry you had to deal with GI issues in the midst of your race 🙁 I’m glad you survived though!!

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