Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tuesday, April 22

Nutrition: Finally back into normal hunger range, which was surprising today, given the short sleep.

Sleep: 6 hours in bed, 915p-315a, 58% quality. Woke at midnight for bathroom, took a while to fall back. Very tired but coping. Got to nap in my own bed, gloriously so, 2-430p.

Healthy Movement: Feeling a lot better than expected. Walking is okay. Bending over isn't so much. Little bit of low-back tightness, but not the sharp deal I frequently get; it actually feels bruised, oddly. Headachey in the AM until I got coffee in me. Sunburn is really the worst of my problems. Ankle feels exactly the same as it has for past few weeks. What the? Wore new Bad Ass compression socks. Couldn't wear Vibrams as my feet are still quite fat. Kind of amazing I came out as well as I did. But that's the walk/run combo right there. I even hit up Holea for a Mitzi walk, and felt like I even could have logged a run. Hot damn! 

Fun & Play: Great seatmate en route to Chicago. He has run Boston 26 times including the last 20 straight. Had pics from a game preserve in Africa that were simple incredible, lions walking right next to them. Easy second flight, easy drive back. Pepe isn't finished but I got to talk to my papa and take his ride. Making plans for tomorrow's TV interview. My cuddly critters! Napping in my own bed. A walk with Holea. Carrying my 34-lb cat litter on my shoulder through Target without struggle, the day after running the Boston Marathon. Feeling like running is enjoyable again, looking forward to green spring trails and green newbies!

My people. I can't believe how many people were tracking me & the group yesterday. Amazing to imagine them all caring so much, I don't feel remotely deserving. And yet it also reminds me how much we focus on the destination, when actually the journey is where all the support is truly needed. If I'd had 200 people liking my 18-miler on the treadmill in February, or a million spectators lining the streets of Alex as my spikes took me up and down those icy roads, it sure would have made all of my training easier and enjoyable.

Still, even if they were "late" in a sense, I received so many wonderful words of support that I won't discount; I deeply appreciate every single one. If I inspired any of those people to tackle some BHAG of their own, or even inspired one single person to take a walk around the block, then I'm beyond thrilled. Beyond.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday, April 21

Nutrition: Not much water in the AM, anticipating long bus ride and long bathroom lines. Got a little behind on my nutrition during the race; was doing well for the first half and then struggled mentally to keep track after that. Obviously the heat did not help, felt like I couldn't get enough water; I kept thinking how badly I wanted to guzzle down an ice-cold gallon or so. Dropped all but water intake once I caught Shawn, and that's when I was feeling better. Hm, perhaps I was overdoing the salt tabs & cookies? Honestly I'm not sure there was a way to nail that race in the heat & sun, such a giant swing from training environs for the past 6 months. Surprisingly not very hungry post-run; total calories for the day around 1900 - tallied up later, wasn't worrying that day. Interesting.

Sleep: 8.5 hours in bed, 10p-630a, 90% quality. A big improvement but I don't think I'd rank it that good, still woke often.

Healthy Movement: Race day. Felt good and rested and ready. The first half was a cakewalk, and then the heat and hills sank in. I don't think I would have had such issues if it had been flat and cool, as the joints all felt good right up to the end. Yay, walk/run! So much kinder on the body. I only started to feel downright awful as we trudged through the finishing chute; I just wanted a goddamn banana, but it was blocks away. I was also overheating in the race blanket, until we caught some shade and wind to make it welcome again. Post-race I wasn't very smart about recovery. Spaced compression socks. Used The Stick briefly but pressure HURT like a mofo so a light once-over is all I did. IT bands felt just fine, ankle no worse than I started, feet swollen but not a blister to be found. Sunburn truly seems to be my biggest problem. Hip hip hooray!

Fun & Play:
This was a hugely emotional day. Near tears many times, couldn't hold them back as we entered the stretch from last year where I learned there actually were bombs, and people were hurt, and we wouldn't cross the finish line. I was so happy to have Shawn with me through that. At the one mile to go banner, where I was stopped last year, I was a total mess. I let the crowd bring me back out of it.

Half the reason I went back this year was to complete that old dream, to cross MY Boston finish line. But I realized today that the other half was for them, to give the people THEIR Boston Marathon back. I felt like it was about so much more than little old me today, and that made it all worth it. I was GRATEFUL to have the honor of bringing back their Marathon Monday. Madly in love with those spectators.

It was a long, tortuous, painful three-year odyssey to cross that finish line, but I'm so very satisfied to have done it. I'm proud to have survived all those dark winter months and achieved that payoff, but I'm more than ready to move on to the fun stuff and let go of the struggling. Time to THRIVE.

Sunday, April 20

Nutrition: Time for salty carbs! And French toast! And crackers! NOM. Did not reach 3000 despite consuming the whole box of rice crackers. Still, I got damn close, around 2750, and half of it as carbs. That'll do!

Sleep: 8 hours in bed, 1045p-645a, 86% quality. Felt like I woke up less often than last night, but wish I could have slept longer.  No need for a nap, but had doses of quiet time with feet up.

Healthy Movement: Body good other than slightly angrier left ankle. Get over it, bitch! Did less walking today, focused on chillin'.

Fun & Play: My fellow travelers are a delight. Chatted with the parents. Hung out with a Janer, briefly hooked up with another, but very mellow and chill. Supped solo, but appreciated the peace and quiet. Took it as a chance to chat with the hubs. I miss my critters! Many messages from my favorites. Feeling very loved. 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Saturday, April 19

Nutrition: Had crab legs for supper; why do people add butter when they are so perfectly delicious without? Again a lot more food than necessary, but not 3000 calories like yesterday. Still, higher than needed, thanks to nuts. Pistachios, almond butter, and, um...THREE Larabars? Probably need to dial that back. And will, because tomorrow turns into a salty carbathon, dropping down the fats.

Sleep: 8 hours in bed, 1015p-615a, 89% quality. Felt worse, like I was constantly waking up. Got in two hours for an afternoon nap, 2-4p. Didn't feel I definitely needed it, but everyone else was heading out and I took that opportunity to baby the body.

Healthy Movement: Feeling good. Did a morning shakeout run with the whole group, 3.2 miles. Super easy pace and slowed down further by photo ops and the BAA 5k, it was very fun. Felt only okay, considering. Ankle still hurt of course, but it improved as I went, and I will be able to run through it easily on Monday, unless it drastically changes. Wore compression socks the rest of the day. Upper back and neck area has recovered from yesterday's flights. Probably walked 3-4 total miles or so on our outings, all easy fun.

Fun & Play: Having a great time! Fun run, cheered on 5k runners, bought tons of fun things at the expo, hanging with my fellow runners and loving it. Nap. Texts and messages from so many peeps. Seafood supper of noms. Many new favors of kombucha. Saw a place with kombucha on tap, what!

Friday, April 18

Nutrition: Had jut the right snacks along. Totally overate at supper, dove into some almond butter, no willpower after being awake since 3a. Hit up the grocery store so I have great fuel for the weekend.

Sleep: 6.5 hours in bed, 915p-345a, 65% quality. Yeah, that's just what I needed before a long travel day. Energy stayed okay.

Healthy Movement: Sitting all day makes me fucking mental. And apparently airplane seats fuck up my neck. SO happy to get the hell out and move.

Fun & Play: Traveling to Boston with fellow runners is a delight!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Thursday, April 17

Nutrition: Slow, leisurely, quiet first breakfast at home. Chatty second breakfast with Holea at Trav's. THIRD breakfast at supper!

Sleep: 7 hours in bed, 930p-430a, 80% quality. Solid but not too long. Woke naturally and tossed & turned about 330a onward. Got up feeling fine, but suspecting it might catch up to me tomorrow, which will surely make travel day even more delightful. Had a long, slow, leisurely breakfast to make up for it.
Healthy Movement: Feeling great. Session was incredibly easy, childishly annoyed with Dustin. Told him he was no fun today, then immediately told him it was acceptable payback for my 4 months of no fun.

Fun & Play: Lunch with Holea was ├╝ber fantastic, great topics, and just plain old great friendship time. Bunch of fun at NSS. Totally emotional when leaving, so many well-wishes, even down to Holea having her four athletes wish me luck! Feeling the love. Fetch with Lexi in the sunshine. Laziness with all the critters & the hubs.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday, April 16

Nutrition: Solid, easy. Starting to chomp up the salty carbs already, NOM NOM NOM. Also got a grapefruit given to me, direct from a coworker's parents' tree in Texas. Shared it with my Buddy, and 'twas delicious!

Sleep: 7.75 hours in bed, 9p-445a, 85% quality. Dozing a bit in the early AM, otherwise nice & solid.

Healthy Movement: Feeling good, bit of low back blah but I was very conscious of NOT standing dumb and that helped. Snowstorm meant no run outside, lest this be the one I finally biff it and smash myself into pieces. Debated the treadmill, but given how much I hate it AND how often it's bothered me, it just plain didn't feel worth it. So I rested like a champion. Would've done yoga with Holea but she is a sad li'l sicko this week. Started my packing instead.

Fun & Play: Productivity! Lunch AND break time with mah buddy. Made plans to second-breakfast with Holea tomorrow. Great packing progress.