So you work so hard for a year and have a great time at your epic race – accomplishing your goal. What’s next? Well, weirdly I got a little stuck. What I should have done in hindsight is have had a race already registered for in February or March to keep me focused. Instead what I fell into is a bit of a slump.
January beyond the 48.6 miles I ran for Dopey I didn’t get any other runs in. As a matter of a fact – I didn’t even get my bullet journal all set up until February. I knew I’d take a rest after that week, given the intensity and the number of miles but I didn’t think I’d take off the whole month.
February I realized I better get moving. I could already feel like I was settling into sedentary (not good). February 1 I put together a crazy plan but lots of craziness ensued that month and I didn’t get it done.
Cycle class on the 2nd of February kicked things off for me – in a literal way. I learned I definitely need cycle shorts until my booty toughened up. lol I was advised to get a good pair of biking shorts with a pad inside and some hoo-ha gel. Yes it’s actually called that – what a hilarious name. It took me a couple of days to walk right after that class. I was looking forward to getting back to the run.
A nice 10k on the treadmill on the 4th felt good given I hadn’t run in a month. I had gotten in such a great routine before Dopey and desperately wanted to get back to that.
FF to Feb 15 and we are off to Costa Rica. A wonderful getaway that was a slight business trip for Kam but full relaxation for me. We were only gone for 4 days but it was great to warm up and get away. We went to the spa, we had delicious food and wine, we relaxed, red books, mingled with friends and had some time just the two of us. I had never been to Costa Rica. The people were wonderful, the season was dry – I’d like to go back sometime when things are greener.
We had great weather and while I brought my running shoes – there was no good place to run around the resort. The roads were very hilly and curvy and many areas had no room for more than one of the resort cars. I think I saw one brave soul giving it a go but our car came around the corner and almost got him – I decided it wasn’t worth the risk.
Back to life on the 19th.
I spent much of February sick. I got a cold from Taylor that turned really bad for me. When you have lupus a common cold can turn into a challenge.
After many doctors visits and sleep, I started to feel like myself in March. March also came my IV treatment for Osteoporosis. I call it skelegrow because that night you feel like your bones are growing. It’s not comfortable and I usually have a bit of a flare with it. I know that in the long run though it will help me out – so I try and rest and get through it. Last years was a little worse so there’s a glass half full comment. 😉
What a roller coaster your health can be sometimes. I was beginning to feel restless.
Mid-March I decided to give 80-day obsession a go. I love Beachbody programs and I knew once I finished Dopey I’d want to add more strength training into my workouts.
I’ll say I got through a number of these workouts through the end of March but I wasn’t sure how it was going to fit into my running and if I could do both. I wasn’t feeling 100% still but was still trying to do more.
On April 1 I got out for a run – not going for any specific distance but to get moving outside if I could. Spring allergies were definitely getting me down but I got in 3.45 miles. Kam came out with me and I was glad for the company.
April 15th I busted out the marathon training plan again. I decided to sign up for the Richmond Anthem Marathon in November. Maybe a goal will bring me back to consistently running again.
I have been not planning great – without many results this time. Spring is never my best season because I usually get sick and have extreme allergies. One year I’ll have to figure out how to be consistent during this time.
Around my birthday, May 20th, Taylor and I were talking about how we both really fell off the wagon. He suggested we sign up for a virtual race to get us moving and found this site Yes.Fit. The race he picked was the Ring of Kerry a 104.6 Mile challenge. In actuality, the Ring of Kerry is a 179-km-long circular tourist route in County Kerry, south-western Ireland. Starting in Killarney, it passes through Kenmare then makes its way around the Iveragh Peninsula to Killorglin – passing through Sneem, Waterville, Cahersiveen, and Glenbeigh – before returning to Killarney. We are Irish and have never been to Ireland so I was game to give it a go. The t-shirt and medals were great and the price was right so we signed up. I am hoping that this VR gets us moving!
June had us traveling again this time to the Grand Velas Rivera Maya. A trip Kam won from work and I have to say it was the nicest resort I’ve ever stayed at. The spa was mind-blowing – seriously could be a whole blog post on its own.
We went on one excursion to Tulum which was also beautiful. I’d never been to this part of South America but I would love to go back. It was so beautiful and the weather was wonderful. I felt so relaxed this whole trip.
Food was a little tricky with all my food allergies but honestly, the staff was very helpful. We left wanting to stay longer – a true testament to the resort.
On June 24th I had come out to watch three of my friend’s race in a local Triathlon. It was supposed to be a sprint tri – but it was humid and hot and the conditions made the water unsafe for swimming so it actually became a duathlon. I’ve been wanting to make triathlon a goal – still working out how I add in all that other training without dying – and came to check it out in person. Being a huge Ironman fan I’ve seen many triathlons on TV but never in person.
My friends were amazing. They killed it – Nicole taking first in her age group, and Lindsey taking 2nd. Rach is more new to tri and placed 10th but she had to overcome some challenges during the race and to me she was outstanding. They were all very inspiring and it got my wheels turning. I want to do that!
Wrapping up June I felt like I needed a fresh start. I was sick much of June and was starting to move again. It was not the greatest 6 months with regards to my health. I decided to regroup and get a new bullet journal for the last 6 months of the year. I had my virtual race started – with some miles towards that goal, my training for the Richmond Marathon and had started thinking about when my next Disney race was. It seemed a good time to start fresh.
6 months of 2018 had past and I had run 72.74 which was incredibly low. I have some bigger goals for the second half of the year with regards to fundraising for the Lupus Foundation, Running, Biking – getting a bike before TriGirl Off-season training starts and the Richmond Marathon.
Reflecting on the last 6 months I realize I am more consistent when I have an impending race. – Lesson learned – be signed up for your next race when you finish the current one!