The company Bessy works for was sponsor of the Lifetime Oceanside race last year. Thinking they would repeat and we can race together again, I signed up again for 2014. Unfortunately her company did not renew, and decided to do Miami 70.3 instead. So here I was stuck alone for the weekend, it kind of did take my racing spirit out a bit – but I did pay for it.
I went up to Oceanside by car to volunteer at the tri club tent for the expo. Got to meet many people, and even the eventual winner, Joe Maloy stopped by – he who is an ITU racing pro. Post expo, I hit up zigzag pizza nearby the expo after for my carb up….custom build yourself thin crust pizzas and salads – I had a delicious sun dried pesto blue cheese bacon pizza, and a spinach steak salad on the side. I slept in the car near the start afterwards.
Going from 1st marathon ever last year to 5 marathons this year while also racing all distances of triathlons requires some serious recovery sessions. Feeling every bone in my feet, and aches in leg muscles I didn’t even know could hurt makes me want to lay for days like this puppy. As an ignorant/stubborn endurance athlete, I used to just know two modes: ON or OFF.
BUT – here are a few things I learned about recovering that have helped me in getting faster and stronger.
For three years I have been trying to get into the Chicago Marathon via lottery. Frustrated, I asked the organizers to add in qualification times, which they did! The times aren’t as harsh as Boston (3:15 M / 3:45 F) so we were already in. Aside from getting another world major notch on our belt, Chicago was a must destination for us since my heritage is Polish, and this can be considered the mecca of Polish people in the USA. We decided to take a red eye flight for this, and me having my back problems (blown disc) there was no sleep to be had. We had a decent stay at a high rise airbnb right next to the convention center, and got to stay with another runner who the airbnb host was supporting.
A wedding brought Bessy and me to the East: quick stop in Philadelphia to see her family then the ceremony was in Virginia. By chance, the timing was perfect for the final stop of our Rock ‘n Roll Tour Pass (An amazing deal of your choice of 3 RnR run races nationwide for just $200, and you can do the whole series for $400. Let’s not forget signing up last minute for one race can be $170).
We take a red eye flight so that we can get a taper run in before packet pick-up for Rock n Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon. Pre- “philly”-race fuel-up: signature cheese steak and soft pretzel. The pretzels are baked fresh out of the factory and with natural ingredients. Having an airbnb.com stay was perfect near the start, so we do a 1 mile warm up. The field was stacked, many elites out on the course as there was prize money on the line for the mostly flat and beautiful course. It tours you through historic sections of the city then an out and back on the Schuylkill River. T’was no P.R. for us but it was exciting to have Deena Kastor break the masters world record with a 1:09!
Bessy’s Mom volunteered at the finish line giving out medals, and got to see us both cross (first time ever).
After for the reward, we headed out to Sabrina’s Cafe for a delicious brunch: challah vanilla cream cheese stuffed french toast (B), and a blue cheese bacon frittada (R). Yea it was so good it happened to be our post run breakfast till the day we left.