Saturday, April 14, 2012

Good Luck In Boston, Two Weeks Til Surgery, and Other Musings..

I have been burning in work hell. Those days and weeks where it seems like you can dive in headfirst, not come up for air during a 12 hour span, and when you do, it seems like you've only barely made a dent? Yep, that. And when the going gets tough, what do I do? Go on vacation!

I'm leaving on vacation bright and early Monday morning (before the Boston Sweatfest of 2012 begins). I've had this vacation booked for 5 months, and Caitlyn still has no idea where we're going. Of course, like any good mom, I've almost blown the surprise about 219048572 times, but saved myself. It'll be just me, Miss Caitlyn, and 26.2K(M?) kids in Disney World next week. I'm currently accepting applications for mommy of the year.

And you know where it's going to be WARMER than Disney World on Monday? Right here, at home in Boston. Eek. We've all been there; you've had a kick ass training cycling, you feel strong, confident, and even in New England we were granted a mile enough winter to get in lots of extra road runs this year over the treadmill. Then that damn forecast shows a high temperature that starts with an "8", and all you want to do is kick, scream, and stomp your feet. It sucks, but sadly you can't control it. So go out there, be smart, stay hydrated, and ask your body to perform the best it can on that day. Good luck!!

You know who's body is NOT performing at it's best right now? This girl. However, my body is still in one piece, and I feel like I'm maintaining fitness. Winning. Surgery was moved up a few days, and now d-day is April 30th. I've done a LOT of research on recovery (shocking, I know), and I'm feeling hopeful that I'll be up and moving around pretty quickly. Let's hope my body and brain are on the same page. Until surgery, I'll keep running when I can, and supplementing with cross training. I'm going to have such an awesome compression sock tan line at this rate.


With surgery looming, I've been doing a lot of race schedule planning for the remainder of 2012. Admittedly, I'm a little all over the place, probably because anything involving the word "race" just sounds so delicious right now.

Currently, the 3 front runners rolling around in my brain are:

(1) an ultra: seems crazy I know, but I think could be insane amount of fun. Looking at this one in particular, because it's in my backyard (not literally for all of those crazy stalker types). Stone Cat 50-Miler.

(2) a 70.3, in particular a brand new one up in Old Orchard Beach. That's at the end of August, so it would definitely be a "finish and have an awesome time doing it" race.

(3) the marathon. I know, that 26.2 distance just never leaves my mind. I swear, it's a drug. Waaaaaaaay back when I was planning my 2012 race schedule, my 2 key marathon races were Eugene (sob), and California International Marathon (CIM). CIM is the first weekend in December, so if recovery from surgery goes well, it's still a viable option. And a certain someone is also toying around with that race, so it's definitely on the radar.

Good luck to everyone running Boston on Monday; may the wind be at your back, and the sun behind some clouds!!!

16 comments:

  1. OMG, can you imagine us @ StoneCat? We so need to shock the hell out of that race one day soon....

    And btw, I think taking Miss C to Disney during school vacation is a LOT harder than running a scorcher Boston :)

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    1. I slept on it last night, and I'm thinking you and I debuting our ultra careers at Stone Cat HAS to happen. In 2012.

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    2. I wonder if anyone has finished an ultra trading water stops for beer stops. Let me check out the Guiness Book of World Records and get back to you, I may be interested as well. I can infant run 4 miles right now without stopping nor cursing at myself. All. In. Ultra.
      BTW you can't keep winning Mommy of the year! Have fun on vaca!

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  2. I've actually thought about Stone Cat but not the Ultra the marathon, keep me posted and let me know if you decide to sign up I may just do it with you.

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    1. It'll be a big ole party!!!! I'll keep you posted :)

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  3. First, I must still commend you for your positivity and poise during this injury, especially as the Boston Marathon looms. You seriously are amazing. And courageous and brave for...taking C to Disney next week!! ;-) I can't wait to hear how she freaks out over the surprise!! And your race plans, don't surprise me in the least and I hope I get to cheer you on at least for one of these!!! XOXO have a fabulous week off!!!

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    1. Thanks J!! And any of the above races will require a SERIOUS cheering section! You know I'll return the favor!

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  4. I am *beyond* impressed with how you are handling your impending surgery and recovery. I know EXACTLY who I'm going to if I ever need a good swift kick in the positivity ass! ;-)

    Have fun this week, you're a very brave mommy!!!! I can't wait to hear how C reacts when she finds out, I hope you have the video camera rolling! :D

    I totally love that you are already planning races - and an ultra, or half iron man, no I'm not suprised. You ARE that crazy and it's AWESOME!

    XOXO Enjoy your vaca!!!! See you soon (I hope!)

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    1. I'll be the mom at Disney with a flask ;) Hahahahaha.
      And thanks for the support, you're such a rockstar! Can't wait to see what you do in Providence!

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  5. Oh definitely best mom of the year! She's going to be sooo excited. And I love your attitude - already planning ahead. You'll be back at it and so much better for it in the end.

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    1. I'm really excited for what the rest of this year holds; turns out 2012 might not be a wash afterall!

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  6. Have a great time on your vacation! Send well wishes for your surgery too. I've got my eye on CIM too but haven't had the courage to sign up yet with this injury I've been battling.

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    1. I hear ya sister - LOUD and CLEAR ;)

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  7. I can't wait to hear how surprised your daughter will be when she finds out where you guys are going on vaca!! You are the cutest mom ever!! ALSO -- please pleaes PLEASE we must get together before your surgery, must must must!! xoxo

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  8. I hope you have a lot of fun in Disney world! And I totally relate to that whole marathon is a drug thing. I think all three potential goals would be great for you.

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  9. Have a great trip! Best of luck with the surgery and recovery! I LOVE that you are already eyeballing your races - but an ultra - WOW!

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