Post-Race… what now?

Now that I finally posted my 70.3 Race Recap, it’s back to my normal weekly updates. Yes, unlike last year when I left the 70.3 discouraged and in need of a break from triathlon, this year I am rolling onward!

So what’s next?

Over the past few months as I was training for the 70.3, I was silently adding a few events to my race calendar.

First up, I am going to run the Boilermaker for my 4th year straight. I have a love-hate relationship with this event. The event is amazing in the pure size of the race – 14,000 runners. It is also a bit difficult for that same reason (a lot of runners to weave through). Each year I have seen some improvement to my time, but each year around mile 7, I crash and burn with the heat. This year I’m hoping for something better, especially with my better understanding of running based on HR and having a better grasp on nutrition needed to sustain pace.

The weekend following Boilermaker, I’m going to participate in Gillie Girl! I’m excited for this one, it’s an all women’s race and I was provided with a sponsored spot – I love sprint triathlons for the fact that they let you tap into some speed and end in a couple hours. Plus I have a handful of friends racing in this one so it should be a ton of fun – I can’t wait to check out the course over the next couple of weeks and just enjoy the day!

Annnnd, after that, I’ve crossed to the dark side. I’ve signed up for my first ever marathon. (Something I swore I would never do… and there lies the obvious problem with saying never…). Throughout the spring, my friend Saara and I were discussing the potential of running a marathon, in early May we decided it was time to pull the trigger and take the plunge!  After some procrastination from both sides, we officially registered on May 24th and will be taking on this challenge together.

As far as the course selected, we were challenged by each of our schedules, so we finally settled on the Adirondack Marathon in Schroon Lake. (Plus the medal’s looked really cool – that’s the real reason to select a race, right?!) On the plus side, the marathon will be absolutely gorgeous as the course runs around Schroon Lake. On the not so plus side, since signing up for this event, I’ve had a number of people tell me that this course is one of the most difficult marathon courses… I seriously have a knack for selecting really challenging courses. Someday I’ll actually race on a flat and fast course…. someday…. but the goal for this one will be to finish. It won’t be the fastest marathon, but I’m certain it will be memorable as it is my first!

Now, I guess I have some work ahead of me. The longest run that I have ever completed is 14 miles, and that was back on Easter Day of this year.  I’ve maintained my base of 13 miles since that time for the 70.3, but now I have to add on 13 more miles to bring me to race day. Here’s to hoping that the 70.3 endurance training will help carry me to the start line and milage needed as I train through the summer months!!  My first long run for this starts next weekend (yes, I will be incorporating hills).

So I guess the good news – if you enjoyed following my journey to the start line of the 70.3, you can keep reading as I work my way to the start line of my first marathon!

In the meantime, I have a few things to share with you all as I wrap up this week’s write up. First, if you have ever participated in triathlon (and even if you haven’t) here is a fabulous article that is all too true: So you wanna be a Triathlete! (Read it, you’ll get a couple laughs.)

And second, please watch this video… #LikeAGirl Video. THIS is a video that everyone should take a minute to watch, and we should all learn from. I can remember feeling like this as I tried to run indoor track and play softball in high school. However, I’m happy to report that field hockey was a different story… but maybe because it was somewhat insulated since it was viewed as a sport for girls – despite the fact that it’s a mens sport in every. other. country.

Weekly Workouts//

  • Monday – 60 minutes of Yoga. My life needs more of this. Flexibility & relaxation are both good things.
  • Tuesday – 50 Minute Recovery Ride
  • Wednesday – 20 Minute Recovery Swim
  • Thursday – Rest/Travel Day (was supposed to run, but with a 16 hour work day, it just didn’t happen)
  • Friday – AM – 30 Minute Recovery Ride (from prior day)
  • Friday – PM – 1500 yd Swim Ladder
  • Saturday – 1:30 Bike Ride
  • Sunday – 1:00 Run <– In the heat, prep for Boilermaker!

Weekly Totals//

  • Swim – 45 minutes – 2700 yards
  • Bike – 2 hours, 20 minutes – 25 Miles outside, and rest on the trainer
  • Run – 1 hour, 30 minutes – 9.8 miles
  • Brick – None
  • Total Time – 4 hours, 30 minutes

Weekly Photo Recap//

Yes! So many good memories from childhood.

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A little baseball (until the storms rolled in…)

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When you work in the dairy industry… sometimes random people dressed as cows show up to events.

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My RAOK gift landed!

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Hot Dogs – Post an afternoon walk.20140629-194320-71000597.jpg

The biggest Lilly I’ve ever seen… it’s as tall as me!20140629-194319-70999747.jpg

Road Trip Snack. 20140629-194316-70996179.jpg

Early Morning Hotel Treadmill Session. 20140629-194317-70997036.jpg

Vermont Bagel Sandwich – serious business! 20140629-194317-70997905.jpg

Giant Rice Krispy Cookie. Love. 20140629-194318-70998850.jpg

I was craving salad. So I went to town! 20140629-194322-71002367.jpg

Family cookouts. 20140629-194323-71003241.jpg

Treasures Found. 20140629-194321-71001484.jpg

Next Triathlon…

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And next milestone (what was I thinking….?)

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Best wishes to all for a fantastic week ahead!

What did you do this weekend?

Have any races on your schedule, please share with me!!

Cheers!

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2 thoughts on “Post-Race… what now?

  1. Great week! Sounds like you are recovering nicely! Great races coming up! I said I would never run a marathon too. I have now run 9 plus 3 Ironmans. Never say never!! 🙂
    I have Ironman Canada in 24 days. Hood To Coast at the end of August. NYC marathon in November and that will probably wrap up my year!!

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    1. Never say never is right – holy cow on your marathon and ironman count!

      Good luck as you wrap up your training for Ironman Canada – I’ll be cheering you from afar! And I have Hood to Coast on my race bucket list- it looks like an awesome relay!!

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