It’s hard to come back from a great racecation and get back into the groove, especially when it’s basically two degrees outside and winter never ends. Last week after returning home from the Disney Glass Slipper Challenge weekend on Monday, I did not run. At all. I wanted to do a recovery run, a treadmill run, an easy run – any sort of run – but it was a busy week at home.
And every morning: I could not get up.
And every evening: I fell asleep on the couch.
And, let’s be honest: it was freezing outside and I was spoiled from the Florida weather.
But I had another problem: after the 19.3 miles of racing, I wanted to eat ALL THE FOOD. I was nonstop hungry. Plus, I’ve been eating sweets again, and have gained back a few pounds. I’m feeling kind of sluggish since the trip, but that feeling is motivating me to work out to feel good again.
So I finally did something fitness-related on Friday: Pilates. It was a tough workout since I had major surgery in my core area just a few months ago.
Speaking of Pilates, does anyone else have to double-mat? I need a thicker mat – the tailbone pain is crazy awful. And schlepping the two mats to class every week is just about as fun as it looks.
So by the time Saturday rolled around, I really wanted to get out for a run. But again, I had more important family plans – showing my new French au pair around DC with my parents and daughter. We took a cue from all the tourists we saw and took a Lincoln selfie.
So here it was: Sunday. One week after the Princess Half Marathon. One week since I had gone for a run.
I was actually in the mood for a gym workout that day, but it was such a nice temperature and a huge snowstorm headed our way. I’ve been doing the ZOOMA Photo a Day contest this month on Instagram, and that day the prompt was “Outdoors”.
So good weather + wanting to take a pic “outdoors” = I laced up the shoes and hit the pavement during my youngest’s nap time. Better to get in an outdoor run before the sidewalks would be covered in show and ice (again). The forecast called for rain that afternoon, and a dumping of snow overnight.
It felt great – I was keeping a nice pace of low 9-minute-mile to upper 8-minute-mile, and everything felt in sync. You know those days, when things feel good? This was one of those days. I thought I might even go for 6 miles instead of the 5 I had planned.
Then midway through the run, the rain started. Steady rain. The end of my route was all uphill, so my pace slowed a bit because of trying to slog myself uphill in the rain, and I called it a day at the planned 5 miles. Not a time for a bonus mile.
That night, the snow fell. And fell. And fell. I had a rare snow day off of work on Monday, so I used that time to reacquaint myself with my bike trainer. For 60 minutes. Without padded shorts.
I suppose I could have unclipped from my pedals, hopped off, gone upstairs, changed, and gotten back to it, but I couldn’t fathom losing my momentum and resuming at the same intensity. Plus I was into the pilot of House of Cards on Netflix and didn’t want to pause. But I paid for it by the end of the ride.
All in all, a great hour-long workout on a snowy day.
And after: I wanted to EAT ALL THE THINGS again. Sigh…
Are you doing the ZOOMA photo a day contest? Follow me on Instagram or Facebook and play along – it’s not too late to join in and I’ve been enjoying the different takes on the prompts that everyone has! Also, remember you can get 10% off race registration for ZOOMA Annapolis with my code ANNAMB5!
Oh, and a quick note about the Friday Five Theme – “SPRING FORWARD”! Let’s do this, Spring!
Do you get post-race slumps?
Post-race eat-all-the-things phases?
How do you snap out of it?