How was everyone’s weekend? Wonderful? [Yes.] Filled with running? [Yup.] Filled with ice cream? [No, sadly.] Filled with catching up on sleep? [Definitely not.]
I ran the Brooklyn Half Marathon on Saturday (Here’s the full recap.) and although the race didn’t go as hoped or planned, I learned a few good lessons along the way. Namely that sometimes, no matter how much you train and prepare, things happen.
I was disappointed that I had some stomach troubles during the last, oh, 10 miles of the race. But I’m glad I stuck it out. There were a few times along the course that I just wanted to quit. I didn’t see the point in forcing myself through more long, exhausting miles.
But I kept going.
So I’ll high five myself for that.
I’ve mentioned a few times that having a coach has really altered my training, running and racing habits for the better.
Even though I spent the first few miles following Coach Cane’s advice to go out slow, I was ultimately worried about letting him down. But he’s a pretty cool guy, and he understood.
Sweet typo, Ali. Preventing? Should be prevented. But I was tired.
Side note: If you’re not already a fan of Ali Run For The Rabbit on Facebook, you should be. I promise not to fill your News Feed with terribly boring updates.
Knowing that Coach Cane was OK with how the race went, and knowing that I couldn’t control the stomach factors contributing to my overall performance left me feeling not too shabby. I am also incredibly touched by all of the supportive comments I received on the recap post. People are nice.
On Saturday, after a long morning of running and subway riding (Coney Island is far from the Upper East Side!) followed by an afternoon filming commercials with JackRabbit in the Bronx (I’ll let you know when they start airing!), I was exhausted.
For some reason I had no post-race appetite. That happens sometimes, and I think it had to do with the fact that my stomach was so off during the race. I kind of just didn’t want to mess with it any further.
I proudly hung my new race bib with all the others.
I also ate roughly an entire tub of hummus.
And then I decided I’d put on my pajamas and have a glass of wine before going to bed at 9 pm.
But then I started talking to people.
And then, somehow, mysteriously, I was out of my PJs, drinking at a bar.
It’s crazy how that happens.
And then, somehow it was 4 am.
At which point I realized I had been awake for a full 24-hours.
Coach Cane had 4 recovery miles on my schedule yesterday, so despite my sheer exhaustion, I threw on some compression socks and hit the Bridle Path for a relaxing run.
I ran in the same clothes I had raced in the day before, because I am both lazy and disgusting.
I’m not sure how sold I am on the compression socks. My legs weren’t sore after the half, but I think that hot pink knee highs look cool, and I’d say that’s my main motivation for wearing them.
You can call me shallow. That’s OK. I can take it. I’m a sucker for flashy running gear.
I also still sometimes feel weird calling myself a runner, but in these bad boys I felt like people looked at me and thought, “She has expensive socks on. She must be a runner. Also, she is currently running. Which probably means she is a runner.”
Last night I had dinner with a friend. Somehow we didn’t end up eating until well after 10 pm, and it turned into another late night.
I’m kind of tired today.
One person at the office has already asked if I “feel OK.”
Translation: “You look terrible, Alison.”
But I am wearing a fun skirt. I think that helps with the puffy eyes.
Despite my sheer exhaustion, I’m excited about this week. I’m in a happy mood, and I’ve got some fun things to look forward to.
Like the fact that “So You Think You Can Dance” starts on Thursday.
I am a nerd.
For my next trick, I will see if I can get away with taking a nap underneath my desk without getting caught.
Have a great day, everyone!
TELL ME: What fun things are you looking forward to this week?
Awesome job! I just nap at my desk…
I love all your bibs on your door!! I only have 1 so far so my collection isn’t that impressive, but I can’t wait to have as many as you. Also, I too am excited, um, SO PUMPED for SYTYCD on Thursday!!!
xo – Marie
Chocolate & Wine
I’d say a pretty good race considering! Awesome time!
My friend has Crohn’s, too. Took her FOREVER to get diagnosed.
Can’t remember if I commented on your Brooklyn recap (yeah, my brain is that slow), but if I didn’t – you totally rocked! Way to push through the issues and end with a smile still on your face.
I really enjoy reading the updates from Coach Cane, too. He’s one smart dude.
Love your skirt, it’s so pretty! And wow, great weekend… and I admire you going for that run after all that!
Hyannis half! Hopefully without pain, fingers crossed
You are a beast. Seriously- going out after a half?! All I want to do after a long run is crash. Share your energy with me pleaseeee!
That sounds like such a great weekend! Sorry your stomach wasn’t working with you during the race, but nice job on pushing through!
I can’t wait for So You Think You Can Dance!
Congrats on pushing through the race – focus on your accomplishment! 🙂
I dig your pink compression socks. Mine are just boring black, I really want to get new lime green ones!
I’m heading up to the WI Dells for a short ‘vacation’ with a good friend. Pretty excited about that 🙂
Good luck with your nap! 😀
Your skirt is adorable. I love it!!
Also: “I ran in the same clothes I had raced in the day before, because I am both lazy and disgusting.”
I applaud you as a fellow lazy-and-disgusting girl. Be proud. We are few and strong.
Yay, you got the hot pink socks! 🙂 I’m not sold on wearing them while running either. I prefer slathering on the Tiger Balm and wearing them post-run.
Again congrats on a great race. Still a VERY impressive time! It’s great that you have such a supportive coach. I am looking forward to a day off on Thursday as well as a visit from my best friend from home!
So thank you for reminding me that So You Think You Can Dance starts this week! I LOVE that show…I pretty much love all the dorky shows, and I will get up and try to dance like them during the commercials.
Those socks are awesome! I wore the same ones during my race yesterday!
I’m looking forward to the weekend (already). A half day Friday, a 10k on Saturday, and Monday off!
I don’t think I could get away with napping under my desk although ONE day I was absolutely exhausted so I went in to the gym at worked and napped on the maps on a towel.. Luckly nobody came in to work out haha.. Looks like you had a nice weekend!
I am looking forward to a SHORt week this week.. and along weekend! 1/2 day on Friday.. and Monday off.
Let me know if you pull off napping under your desk.. then give me some tips.. and if I could possible accomplish it with 17 students in the room
I wear compression socks and have for awhile, yet I still don’t know if they do anything for my legs. Regardless, they look badass and that matters. You ARE a runner and an AWESOME runner at that. You run on no sleep! I think this Monday definitely calls for a nap!
I do not feel weird calling you a runner. At all. You ARE a runner.
I’m glad you’re embracing the fact that sometimes shit happens on race day and there’s nothing you can do about it. Learning how to deal with it and still finishing the race is a victory in itself.
PS I am just waiting for my coworkers to make a similar comment at me. After landing at 11pm, I woke up approximately 5 minutes before I had to leave for work and did not shower (what else is new) , threw on wrinkled, questionably dirty clothes and squinted in the mirror to try and get the dark circles under my eyes to go away. Good luck surviving your monday!
Although it’s certainly not the same disease, I have type 1 diabetes, and fluctuating blood sugars (which are often out of my control or something I can’t predict) influence the quality or length of a workout for me. I know how frustrating it is when that happens. I’m glad you were able to keep going!
How do you have that energy! I always crash right after my halfs and have the best naps ever. You continue to amaze me. Seriously.
I don’t think you are human.