Sunday Things

November 5, 2023

I was entirely exhausted after returning home from BLP Live! It went so so well, but leading/facilitating 9 hours of sessions and generally thinking about everyone else’s experience left me ready for some serious rest. I did manage to take G to piano but afterwards passed out in bed reading my latest (Florence Adler Swims Forever – pretty good and engaging so far!).

AND THEN we had the Daylight Savings switch! The “fall back” to standard time is always easier than the other way around though I suspect being entirely in the dark at soccer practices this week will be rough. It’s a nice time to really work on bedtime/morning routines, though. Technically, everyone should be more tired at bedtime and more rested in the AM . . . or let’s hope.

Weekly Workouts: 5 (!) weeks until JAX

Yes. I am running again! The ortho gave me the okay so I started with slow ~30 minute jaunts and since that felt okay I attempted a mini-long run today. Verdict: pretty good!? Some knee tightness but no real pain and my back is 90% better as well. (My hand still hurts but I don’t really use that running!).

I am undecided about whether I will attempt to run JAX. My coach thinks I should see how things feel over next few weeks and consider it. I think that probably makes sense. I can’t really plan definitively right now but instead just see how the ramp up feels.

I do think my overall ‘fitness’ took a hit with essentially 3 training weeks compromised and I would probably have to change my race goals, but perhaps it would still be worth the effort. (Josh thinks I am wrong about that . . . so who knows!).

M: Nothing

T: Nothing

W: Went to ortho; was cleared to do “whatever doesn’t hurt”. 20 min full body strength but used lighter weights than usual (Peloton)

R: First test run- 4 mi @ 10:03/mi. Nothing hurt. Didn’t feel amazing fitness-wise but no significant pain. 10 min barre workout (Peloton).

F: 3.6 mi on hotel treadmill @ average 9:38/mi; restorative yoga on the beach @ BLP Live!

S: 3.6 mi on hotel treadmill @ 9:41/mi

S: 7 mi @ 9:25/mi. Knee with some stiffness but not hurting. I didn’t feel like I was working that hard but HR was 160s approaching almost 180 by the end (part of my concern about lost fitness – and it appears like it was tracking with reasonable accuracy).

5 weeks left but I don’t feel like I can do ‘full’ training next week plus then there’s the need to taper so . . . I guess I will just have to see how things feel. Whatever happens is honestly okay with me as long as I can (safely) run again!

We are doing almost nothing today which is perfect. Going to set up tomorrow’s show notes, rest, and then get the house in some kind of reasonable order . . .

(Oh and also hopefully bake some stuff. I would like another weekend day, please!)


  • Reply Lisa’s Yarns November 5, 2023 at 2:19 pm

    Pre-kids, I preferred falling back but post-kids, I preferring springing ahead because I don’t really do anything to prepare to spring ahead. To fall back, I have to push the boys’ bedtimes back days ahead to prevent our day starting at 5. Our kids are such early risers, though, since we leave the house so early. In your case, I am glad you got an extra hour of sleep when you are feeling worn out after BOBW live! I would have loved to have been there!

    I am glad you are feeling better and can run without too much discomfort! Sounds like a good plan to play it by ear and decide what to do about the marathon!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger November 5, 2023 at 2:38 pm

      we had some finance people (at least one CFP) there! you would have liked it i think!!

  • Reply Chelsea November 5, 2023 at 3:29 pm

    I can’t believe you lost that much fitness during your downtime. I think if you feel good about running the race and no one whose opinion matters (your coach, medical professionals, Josh) thinks you should not do it, you should still go for it. I don’t think you are going to be undertrained – you were running way more than I was before my races – but even if that were the case, conventional wisdom is that it’s better to be a little undertrained than overtrained.

  • Reply coco November 5, 2023 at 5:13 pm

    it’s a tricky question, whether to run or not the race. it depends on expected benefits and cost of it. The benefit is that you will enjoy racing, although no matter your final time, you may wonder what would be the time if you didn’t get injured. So if it’s to enjoy the race without a target and if you feel good, go for it.
    The cons, the self doubt you may have. And if you are not fully healed, it may derail running later on, although is unlikely if the next few weeks you feel good.
    You probably don’t need to decide now, entertain the idea for a little more, and you’ll find the answer.
    I am getting back to run after taking almost 1 month off after the marathon, and my HR continues to be higher than pre-race. But I am just so glad I can run and feel good while running.

  • Reply Heather November 5, 2023 at 7:38 pm

    I would say that if you are going into the race without any pace expectations now, then run it. If you are going in still expecting pre accident pace, then skip it.

    Also, I feel like you wouldn’t need to taper as much since you’ve had some time off??

  • Reply omdg November 6, 2023 at 11:14 am

    I am highly skeptical that you lost that much fitness in 3 weeks. Give it a week or two, and I think you’ll find you’ve rebounded nicely. As far as the race goes, I would only do it if you could let go of lofty performance expectations. It could be you do great, but it could also feel less than amazing and it would be super annoying to potentially exacerbate your injury if you’re not going to be able to be happy about the result if it’s not as fast as you want.

  • Reply jennystancampiano November 7, 2023 at 9:08 am

    I’m excited that you’re running again and considering JAX! I agree that you should give it a couple weeks and then make the decision.
    And yes- sometimes I need the weekend to be three days long.

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