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I feel like this past few months has been all Boston, Boston, Boston. I normally feel a little “meh” after a big race is over, but I am feeling it now more than ever. I had wanted to run Boston for so so so long. The weather conditions were absolutely horrific, but I managed to finish despite it all. Because my finishing time was pretty slow for me, I was hoping recovery would be a breeze. But, nope! I went my for first run last evening, and while my brain might have huge memory gaps of the race, my legs remember every hill during those 26 miles! Oy. I hope they start to shake out quickly – I have the half marathon during the New Jersey Marathon coming up this weekend! It’s my first official race as part of the BibRavePro team, so I am very much looking forward to it.
When I originally signed up for this race, I was hoping that I would be amazing shape post Boston, and I could take advantage of the super flat course and (hopefully) good weather! I did not anticipate Boston recovery taking as long as it is. I am sure it is a combination of the extra effort my body needed due to the horrible weather, and my so-so training. I am hopeful that after a few runs this week I should be able to run this as a fun long run (with a great medal at the end!) but I don’t really have any big time goals. Just get to the finish with a smile on my face!
I am also transitioning into triathlon training this week. First up – getting back on the bike! While my behind is not looking forward to getting back into the saddle after a few months off (it’s gonna hurt!) I really do miss cycling outdoors on a regular basis. The trainer is a necessary evil in New England between crowded weekday roads and cold weather months that I tolerate, but I do really love cycling on the open road. I also plan on getting back into the pool as soon as make a final decision on which gym to join (I am being so wishy-washy on this decision for some reason!). I can’t say that I am as excited about getting into the pool as I am about getting back on the bike, but I know once I get into the rhythm of it, I will start to enjoy it a little more. Or it will be good for me, at any rate.
My next big goal race isn’t until September (Ironman Atlantic City 70.3). After going from Ironman Maine 70.3, to Philly Marathon, to Dopey, to Boston – it feels weird to not have a big goal coming up soon. I am doing the best to embrace the break, and focus on building a strong triathlon base that will carry me through a great race in Atlantic City and hopefully a strong running season later in the fall!
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