Thursday, October 16, 2014

Something Old, Something New

Tuesday's recovery run was the perfect example of why "recovery" means "easy pace". I took Sunday and Monday off after my 15-miler and my legs felt amazing, but after two miles Tuesday they were wobbly as hell.
Wet phone = melty runfie.
I guess as awesome as my legs felt, they were still a little tapped from the long run. At least the view was pretty, and there was a nice drizzle.
Anyway, I'm super excited for this weekend. Tonight I picked up my race packet for Sunday's race and seeing the medal on display and getting my bib just reminded me of how much I love racing.

It's been since April that I've raced, and part of me has been thinking I'm kind of over it. I had to skip a bunch of my usual fall races because we've been trying to spend wisely, and I don't really mind making that sacrifice.

But wow, am I excited to toe the starting line twice this weekend!

The something old race is the Sanibel 10k I've done twice before (in 2012 and 2013). I love the route and the cause. The something new race is the Rocktoberfest 10-miler. I've never run a 10 mile race before (the 15k I did last year was close I guess), so it's not only a new race, but also a new distance...automatic PR, right?
This may be the lowest bib number I've ever worn...and it's my lucky number, too!
More than 50 members of the Sub-30 Club are in PA for the Runner's World Festival. I couldn't make it this year, but luckily someone had the bright idea to send flatties in our places. Flat!Ali is already enjoying pho and good company thanks to Patricia!
Apparently Flat!Ali can eat gluten. Lucky.
I also picked up a belt to try out over the next few weeks before the marathon. I'd like to be able to put my phone in the belt and have room for Gu...I've been chafing under my armband and the velcro is giving up, too, so I definitely want to avoid wearing it for like...six hours of running.

On a different note, this week has been rough...not running-wise, but work-wise. Sometimes I just feel like I'm missing the mark. Once in awhile, especially when report cards loom, all I can think about is sleep. (Yes, quarter 1 ends Monday. Isn't that crazy?!) This is a candid Matt took the other night:
I'm literally asleep and Archie is sleeping perched on my eyeball.
When Matt showed me this I nearly died laughing. I was so exhausted I fell asleep and stayed asleep for over an hour with the light on and the bird on my face!

After a couple good nights' sleep, some wine, and an incredibly therapeutic bridge run with Kristin, I'm feeling much better.

When is the last time you raced?
 What's the weirdest place/position you've slept in?
What makes you feel better after a rough week?
 Photos of you sleeping: cute or creepy? I'd say creepy 99% of the time but this one is acceptable because it's really more of Archie than myself.



  1. Good luck this weekend Ali! :) Can't wait to hear the recap. Our report cards are due soon too and I am kind of like "aaaaah!"

  2. Good luck racing this weekend!!! Seems like you are raring to go! And that photo is just hilarious, no creep factor at all! HA HA HA!!!

  3. How cool is that race bib?! I've been wanting to do the Rocktoberfest 10-miler for the last two years so I can't wait to hear how it is! Have an awesome time this weekend!!

    Adam always takes pictures of me sleeping with the cat on top of me too. They're usually kind of cute, but I'm glad he doesn't have a Facebook account to post them to because sometimes I am sleeping with my mouth open which doesn't look very glamorous! haha

  4. Super duper luck on your double race weekend!!! I love 10 milers!!! :D BTW: that's the coolest bib ever!

    Matt has taken photos of Lola and I sleeping before I'm always a little creeped at first but then I think it's sort of cute. Lola sometimes makes her way up between my knees/thighs and sleeps there! LOL. I always ask Matt if he saw her sneak there and he never does so I still don't know her

  5. Good luck this weekend!!! I can't wait to hear about your races! And you will not be running for 6 hours during your marathon :)