Your comments yesterday… a lot of them had me in tears. Thank you thank you thank you. I wanted to write that post and get it up so fast because it was therapeutic for me to be able to talk about it with my friends on the internet so thank you for your kind words!
I have a few more marathoning things to talk about if that’s okay.
*I really do feel a lot better emotionally now. I know I gave what I had that day and that’s all I could ask for. It does feel hard to let this go for a little while (I NEED TO RECOVER) but easy running will be back at some point and now I just get more time to really soak in the holidays with my family.
Thank goodness Skye wants to listen to ‘Let It Go’ 596 times a day because I need the constant reminder to just let it go for a bit haha.
*Sesa sent me this picture of Emilee and me at right around the half-way mark. All we were thinking about was MAKE IT TO OUR HUSBANDS. Both of our husbands knew at mile 6 that something was wrong… they know us and our running (facial expressions ha) so well. It really was a weird thing to feel like I hit the wall in mile 1 but now I know for future races I can run another 25 miles after the wall… running 6-8 miles after hitting the wall is going to feel like nothing;)! Hahah
*My ‘lucky’ compression socks that I wore on the plane to California;) Mary recommended next time to travel out in advance (and rent a house or something with the kids) to get more acclimated to the course conditions/weather etc and that is the best idea. No more flying in the day before for me! I learned a lot of lessons.
*We had some CRAZY fast people on our plane too and I was a stalker and took a picture.
*Andrew and Emilee’s husband race planning for a very long time on Saturday night. CIM isn’t the easiest course to spectate in a bunch of locations but they sure made it happen.
*These are what the flasks looked like that I used at CIM. I felt so amazing during the St. George Marathon because I was better hydrated than ever before (because I had my own water bottles on the tables) and I knew I wanted to feel that hydrated again. Definitely a positive to know that I have nutrition and hydration figured out for the next one. Emilee and I did grab cups every now and then but literally got .004 ounces from them. Our bodies need FOUR OUNCES of water when we eat a gel and these bottles really helped.
*I was legit winded during the taper just walking up the stairs. My foot started having a weird pain that it has never experienced before (but wasn’t there during the race). I had a dream two nights before the race that I made it to the Olympic Trials for a new event—> sprint a mile and then jump in a pool and hold your breath under water for 3 minutes. The taper is such a strange experience. You go from running SO much to feeling stir-crazy at home. Our mileage dropped big time the week of the race but now I’m kind of thinking I like to do less of a taper?
T: 2 in morning, 5 in afternoon (with an all-out carb depletion mile)
W: 5. w/ strides
F: 2 w/ strides
*That post race take-out of burgers, fries, soda and shakes in your husbands clothes and shoes because you are chafed everywhere.
*When Brooke came to me Monday morning (we saw her Sunday night but she was asleep) she asked me first thing, do you go to the Olympics now (in their brains the Olympic trials and the Olympics are the same thing;)?
I told her no and her sweet eyes filled with tears. Which then made me cry. But we just had the most honest conversation about not quitting, never giving up on your dreams, life not going the way we want it to sometimes even when we work so hard for something and I’m very grateful for the chance I got to talk to her about this.
*I had such a fun time being on Tina’s Live show (should be up this week) the day before with these amazing people (Joe is blind and ran his first marathon on Sunday with Tina as his guide for the first half… all of the goosebumps).
*AND I LOVED MEETING FRIENDS!!!!
*My favorite episode ever to listen to the night before the marathon.
*When races don’t go the way you planned, I like to really celebrate the victories that happened during training. Andrew was driving and we were out doing errands and I saw the mountain that I RAN TO THE TOP OF (when there wasn’t snow) and it gave me such a sense of accomplishment.
*One last random thing: Taking Skye for ice cream= the entire restaurant needs a bath after this event.
Give me your current favorite post-race meal?!
Have any good luck charms?
-I HAVE A LOT (bee sweatshirt, socks, rituals before a race) but now I feel like I need to find a new set of them haha.
What are you making for dinner today?
-Now that training is paused… I have more time to cook so I’d love to hear what you are eating.
Give me some random information so I don’t feel alone oversharing all of the time haha!