Andrew paid $8 to find out a few days early that HE PASSED THE NCLEX!! He is so so relieved and he is officially good to go and start his new job in less than a month!
Find yourself a running partner that loves to help you carb load for your next race;). Jenn brought me these gorgeous cinnamon rolls and they were the best of the best. I cannot wait to get out for a run with her and Josse today!
We watched Conference and then met my sister and her family for a hike. Skye was excited to be in her pack again!
We went out for two miles. It was the perfect hike to get those little legs ready for longer hikes this summer:). Beretta wasn’t interested in being in a picture!
We also planted these bulbs that the previous owners gave to us when we moved in. When they first moved in they planted some and they passed the tradition down to us!
My in-laws came over for a little while. We spent the rest of the day relaxing and eating spaghetti.
I wanted to share the differences that I noticed between road races and trail/ultras today.
This made me laugh;)
Please note I am the least professional trail racer on the planet… I’m sharing my experiences from two races (a half marathon & 50 miler) that I’ve done on trails:).
*Real food vs gels/chews. During road races I stick to gels and water/gatorade and that’s it (unless I’m doing a road race just for fun then I branch out with candy or orange slices). During the ultra I ate a donut, honey stinger waffles, fig bars, bacon, chips (multiple varieties), soda, m&m’s, cheez-its, pickles, a sandwich and some jelly beans.
*There have been way less spectators at both of my trail races vs road races. My trail races have had just a few people at the finish line compared to races like New York City were there are bleachers of people watching. There are also way less actual racers in the trail races that I have done but the finish line scene was so much more laid back on the trails!
*Dirt vs pavement. During my ultra I was probably on pavement for about 28 steps total (crossing a road) and I think that is a big reason why I felt recovered quicker from an ultra vs my previous marathons even though it was almost double the distance.
*Road races seem to use a lot of technology with things like live tracking, chip mats, apps etc and for my (one) ultramarathon you checked in with volunteers at different areas and grabbed a sticker to prove that you made it to a certain place.
*I saw a lot of people fall during my ultra, I have never seen anyone fall during a road race.
*People were camping at the starting line of my ultra and just woke up and started running their races… I’ve never seen that happen during a road race.
*The reasons I HURT/think about quitting… During a road race I hurt because I am breathing much harder. During road races my lungs and heart feel like they are working much harder and I feel like that is what makes me feel very tired during those races. For me, my darkest time in my ultra race was caused by just the knowledge that I had HOURS still to go when my body was already exhausted. I never felt anaerobic or really out of breathe at all during my ultra but I just felt like it tested my endurance beyond belief.
*I feel like there is more teamwork happening during the trail races that I have done vs the road races. Pretty much every person I came across talked for a minute or two with me. A lot of people were sharing tips with the people that were around them. People were asking how each other were feeling. My pacer was picking up every piece of trash he could see within a 1 mile radius of the trail we were on. A lot of us had crews that had everything out and ready for us at the aid stations. It just felt like people were really watching out for each other (and the trails) but that have also been because of the distance.
*During road races I have become very used to coming up to dozens of volunteers holding up water or gatorade for me. During my ultra they gave us a reusable cup to carry and use at the aid stations. During a road race I feel like I see people (and usually a lot of them) throughout the entire race… during my ultra there were times I couldn’t see anyone or maybe just another person or two.
*The first two days after my ultra I was more sore than I had ever felt in my entire life (way more than after any road race) but after those first 2 days my body felt 100% back to normal (with the exception of my foot/ankle which is back 100% now) after my ultra. I think overall it recovered so much better and faster than after a marathon. I think the dirt ground must be a little bit more forgiving because I was ready to go again much faster.
*I carry so much more during the ultra vs the marathon. During the marathon I just had my phone (in my koala clip) with a few gels in my pocket and a lip gloss. Less was more for me and I did not want one extra thing. I brought my house with me for my ultra.
*Your shoes look a little different after a trail race vs a road race:
A few similarities:
*I check the weather report 15 times a day leading up to both races.
*Oh that finish line feeling of accomplishment/satisfaction… it’s oh so so sweet. There is nothing like it.
*They are both challenging in their own ways but you get the same craving for a good challenge satisfied during both races.
*Both are so fun and you tell yourself when you are really tired that you are never going to do it again but then afterwards you sign up for another;). They are both addicting to me!
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THOSE THAT CAN MEET IN BOSTON!! We are thinking Sunday morning… What would be a good place near the expo? It’s hard to figure out a meet-up when I don’t know the area very well so any ideas are very welcome! I am thinking of the Boston Public Garden (thanks Jen!) or Flour or a donut shop on Sunday at 10… let me know if that works or if you want to go somewhere else!