Well, let’s just get right to it, shall we? Besides Indianapolis
- Monday, 10/19 – 1100 Meter Swim + Strength/PT + Pole Fitness
- Tuesday, 10/20 – Rest
- Wednesday, 10/21 – Pole Fitness + Vineyasa Yoga
- Thursday, 10/22 – Rest
- Friday, 10/23– Rest
- Saturday, 10/24 – Indianapolis Monumental Marathon
- Sunday, 10/25 – Rest
I’m going to do a whole post on Indy, but there is no surprise reveal here – it was an ugly day, but I got it done and brought it in under the 4 hour mark. And I’m definitely feeling strange about the whole thing, so I’ll elaborate more in my race recap. But, I finished and got to spend a weekend with some great friends:
I basically spent the whole week blocking out the fact that I had this marathon looming in the distance. Even when I got in the pool on Monday, I swam for 20 minutes and got bored. Mostly because it was too much like running (you know, cardio, endurance sport) and I was avoiding running. So, I cut it short and did some strength instead. It felt good to be in the pool, but weird.
Pole classes and yoga felt great. Not so much on Monday, though. I don’t know what was up with me on Monday, but everything I did felt so tiring and so hard, including pole. I still had fun, but I didn’t accomplish too much. By Wednesday, however, I felt better and had a blast. I was going to skip it in light of the upcoming marathon, but I was mentally blocking it out so I showed up at pole and took yoga afterward, which felt great. I learned a new pose, called Le Poisson:
And also another one that doesn’t look that cool in my pictures – I need to take a better one – called a double brass monkey:
Before dinner, when I was driving home from work, I stopped at Wegmans for some food for the upcoming trip and picked up some fancy desserts for us to have after dinner. Well, my husband had the same exact idea and we ended up with quite the spread of sweets:
He DREW that with PENCIL! I knew that he loved to draw, but I had no idea that he had this kind of talent! I had made that picture my profile picture for awhile over the summer, and I guess it came up in his news feed and he liked it and thought it would make a nice drawing. He told my husband (in his adorable Syrian accent), “I didn’t know what to draw anymore, so I decided to draw my friends”! I was so very touched by this amazingly heartfelt gift. I think I want to hang it in my new kitchen, when it’s done. I posted about it once before, but we are completely gutting a section of our house and building our new kitchen. I have a temporary kitchen set up in my sun room so I can cook while this is going on. But I need this picture to go in the room where I know I will be spending the most time. It is so special!
It also put a lot of things into perspective. Yeah, I didn’t run the marathon I’d hoped to run. It was a long, arduous day. But at the end of the day, I have more than a marathon PR. Running has brought some of the most wonderful people in my life – like Z. Besides my husband, the friends I talk to on a daily basis and the people who get me are the friends I made through running. They’ve not only become friends that I share miles and races with, but true friends who are there for you, no matter what time of day. From the beginning, running has always been about the people. Not the PRs. When Missy inspired me to sign up for my first race, I did it because it was something to do with a friend. While training for that very first race eight years ago, I met wonderful people and great friends that are still in my life today. When I began trying to go for my 50 state marathon goal, I started it because I could travel with my friends. It’s how I met my wonderful friend, Z – he traveled with me and our group to the Marshall Marathon in 2013.
Over the past few years, the best races I’ve run were the ones I got to share with others. Yes, I need a minute to sulk about the race this weekend. I put in a long, tough training block and it didn’t go AT ALL how I expected. But it makes it a lot easier knowing that I got more out of this weekend than a new PR. I got to spend quality time with my people.
Swim: 1100 meters ♥ Bike: 0 miles ♥ Run: 26.2 miles
How was your week? Run any races? Have you ever received a surprise homemade gift from someone?