Jumping for Joy & Asheville

Oops, sorry guys… kinda ignored you for the past two weeks… but here I am!

In all seriousness, life has been pretty crazy. The past two weeks have been spent trying to get back into somewhat of a training plan-- while not being OCD about it-- paired with a week working with my boss (hi Andrew!) and a trip to Asheville, NC with Jon.

When I last left you, in regards to training, I was coming back from my glorious 8 days off and trying to find a good balance between rest and activity. As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, I, along with many other athletes, have this fear of “all the terrible things” that can happen if we take a day off. Although I do own, and use, a “NO DAYS OFF” calendar from Tracksmith, I actually think no days off over a year is dumb and terrible for your body (and brain). The calendar helps keep me honest-- when I need to pick up the pace, or when I need to give myself a break.

Speaking of breaks, Bachelor Monday has continued to be a great break (and time to catch up with friends while laughing at Nick Viall #TeamRaven), as well as some great visits from friends (Hi Mads and Stripes), girls nights at Salty Pig (who doesn’t love wine and pizza?!), and an orientation with the sweetgreen ambassadors. Since The Bachelor is over, and I would still like to see my friends on Mondays, does anyone have any suggestions of shows to watch (live or on Netflix)?

Beets don't kale my vibe

Beets don't kale my vibe

While trying to be mindful that my body is still in recovery and I want to ease it back into full-on training, I’ve been trying to get the following workouts in over the week:Swim (1 day x 1600m, 2 days x 1,000m, and 1 day x 750m if I feel like it)
     > Bike (1 day x 30 minutes-- followed by a swim, and I’ll start adding in 1 day x 60+ minutes soon)
     > Lift (2 days)
     > Core (4 days, after swim/bike)
     > Yoga (1-2 days)

Again, I’m really trying my best to not be OCD about it and ditch a workout if I don’t feel like it (or it’s a snow day and I’d rather opt for sleep). Last week I swam 3 days in a row and decided my arms would fall off if I swam a fourth day-- and look, I survived! It also didn’t help that last week I was trying to cram a week’s worth of workouts into 5 days as Jon and I were heading to Asheville, NC for 5 days.

Honestly, I was a bit nervous to head to NC where I would have 4 days with 0 activity, but I went with it and tried to calm myself down. Jon and I originally planned this trip so we could see my family and run the Asheville Half/Marathon. I was going to run the half (with a goal to break 1:50) and Jon was going to run the full (with a goal of sub-3:00), but of course that didn’t happen. I transferred my bib to Jon (see any themes this year?) and was very thankful I wasn’t running. We had to be on course at 6:30AM for a 7:30 start, the course was uphill the first 6 miles, and it was FREEZING. Jon kicked butt, as per usual, and came in 2nd in his age group, but I was probably only jealous for approximately 7 seconds. I’m sure the race and Biltmore are great on a nice day, but I wouldn’t recommend that race to anyone. Between the cost ($125 for a HALF), the terrible customer service (not giving us any breaks with transfers, their site being terrible, having someone on their twitter account tell me they didn’t know when the race starts-- LOL, and making Jon pay to get his award shipped to him after we asked to picked it up), the timing, and the course, it doesn’t seem like a race I would want any of my friends to do.

At least the view was pretty...

At least the view was pretty...

Besides freezing while watching Jon race, we spent the weekend eating tacos with our friend Sarah, eating lots of southern food (BBQ and biscuits), relaxing with my family, and petting puppies. If you haven’t been to Asheville, please do yourself a favor and go! And if you do, make sure to run around Enka Lake to beat Jon and Matt Elam’s Strava records (and see some dogs and cool views).

Operation "Get Sarah to Move to Boston" began over tacos and queso,

Operation "Get Sarah to Move to Boston" began over tacos and queso,

While in Asheville, I also started doing some jumping exercises. At PT last week, Tom mentioned again that rest looked pretty good on me. I got an eval of my leg strength, and was back to looking “like a normal person,” and was given jumping exercises to do. These exercises are meant to mirror .5 mile worth of running, and if I can complete the cycle without pain, Tom will let me run on the treadmill (for .5 mile, let’s not get too excited). I’m to do 6 sets of jumps (both feet in place, both feet front to back, both feet side to side, single leg in place, single leg side to side, single leg squat) once one day, twice the next, then three times through throughout 6 days (with a rest day in between). I’m going to do my first set of three times today and hoping that it feels as good as the first two days. In addition to my legs feeling better overall, I’m starting to swim faster (and not feel as terrible afterwards) thanks to all this rest. Talk about a #RestDayBrag; @RestDayBrags is actually a hilarious Twitter and Instagram account started by Jon, Amelia Boone, and Caroline Burckle to make people feel better about taking rest days (AMEN). Give them a follow if you haven’t already for lots of puppies and dad jokes.

4 days off then my fastest 100m (1:49) AND 1,600m (THAT'S A MILE!)? YES PLEASE.

4 days off then my fastest 100m (1:49) AND 1,600m (THAT'S A MILE!)? YES PLEASE.

I’m hoping to be able to carry how I’ve been feeling lately with lots of rest over to the next month, when I have some crazy (but exciting) travel (and things) going on:
     > NYC (3/23-3/26) with Jon to speak on a panel about Wearable Tech (Local? Sign up here and join us!)
    > Irvine, CA (3/28-3/31) for a work conference
    > The Cape (3/31-4/2) for Hannah’s Bachelorette Party
    > Rochester (4/6-4/9) to speak at RIT’s Accepted Students Day
    > The Cape (4/9-4/11) for Passover with Jon’s Family (love me some matzo ball soup)
    > MARATHON MONDAY (and weekend): Sarah’s coming to town (along with EVERYONE ELSE in the world), Jess Ray is back, and I get to watch my friends crush 26.2 miles on my favorite day of the year

Hopefully, I’ll still have some time to cook and share some more recipes with you all (this is me trying to hold myself accountable) :)