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!!!