Sunday, June 26, 2011

Taking A Rest Week

I remembered the minor detail that you're supposed to take a little time to RECOVER after running a marathon. I didn't do that too well last week. So I decided to make this my LAZY recovery week.

A recovery week wouldn't be complete without ice cream, a pack (or 3) of Hostess donuts, an enormous gas station cookie (or 3), and half a tub of cookie dough that my wife and I hid from the children so we wouldn't have to share.

(In all honesty, that isn't only part of a recovery week. It's also part of a training week. Or a taper week. Or a summer week. Or a week that's on the calendar.)

BUT....don't send the Diabetes Police yet. I also ate a ton of fruits and vegetables. I even got made fun of at work for my ultra-healthy lunch.

Monday, June 20th 2011: 5 mile run very early in the morning before work.

Tuesday, June 21st 2011: 14 mile bike ride before work. The junk food caught up with me, only rode 13.6 mph.

That night I also ran an easy 3 miler. For me, exercise = sleep deprivation. I either get up painfully early or run late at night. Tuesday night I didn't get home until 11:20pm. Ouch. I tried to get a picture of the bats that fly all over at night. (FYI: getting a picture of a bat is HARD!) This is the best I could do:

Wednesday, June 22nd 2011: 11 mile bike ride with the Mrs @ 12.1 mph. We were more interested in fun than exercise and enjoyed this kid-free hour.

Thursday, June 23rd 2011:
2.5 miles at the track with Jackson. Jackson got up early with me so we could run before it became 384 thousand degrees outside. Good times.

I love this track because it's dirt. I'm a firm believer that any mile on dirt or trail is better than a mile on pavement. (I've finally gotten used to running with large quantities of rocks in my shoes.)

The rest of the week: nothing. Glorious nothing.

Do you ever get made fun of at work for what you eat?

I do every once in a while. I'm okay with it though. When I eat healthy I don't feel guilty when I do indulge.

"You have to wonder at times what you're doing out there. Over the years, I've given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement."
~ Steve Prefontaine


  1. Thanks for the comment today! I GOTTA take it easier this week. My legs are starting to scream. So it was good for me to read this post!

    That dirt track sounds awesome! I agree...I like running on dirt SO much more than pavement. And I definitely agree...eating healthy justifies my love for dessert :)

    Have an awesome day!

  2. I am terrible at taking recovery days (or weeks). Great job! And yeah, I get made fun of sometimes for making healthy choices with my eating but it doesn't bug me. :)

  3. Good for you for taking a break. We all deserve it and our bodies need it!

    I bet it is getting way hot down in St. George! It is hot enough up here. Love the quote thanks for sharing.

  4. Ahh... a recovery week sounds amazing! I won't be getting one for quite some time now! Enjoy your break.

    Love the bat picture, that's a really good one :)

  5. I love break weeks! Sounds like it's going to be a good one. And I still cannot believe you have three kids. You look like a University freshman in these pictures!

  6. i wish i could say my break was optional, but i'm trying to enjoy it nonetheless (you know, trying to stay zen about it...). hope your week is restful and relaxing!

  7. I've had a lot of resting lately. Ugh. Your recovery week sounds just right.

    I don't usually get made fun of for my lunches (always always leftovers). I hear a lot more "you're crazy" about running or cycling stuff.

  8. I get made fun of a lot for what I eat. My stomach is Type A just like my personality! :)

    I put hot sauce on my Lays chips! That's not so bad right??

  9. Gas station cookie? I need to stop by here more often for the junkfood porn!

  10. I always get made fun of for what I eat. My 'friends' are always trying to corrupt me, it only works when it is Mexican. I have no back bone when it comes to Mexican....

    Yes! Dirt is the best!

  11. A recovery week sounds like a good plan, you have been hitting it hard recently. And more sweets sound good!

    I love that dirt track in your pic, it reminds me of running on track in high school - only your track looks a little bit softer than ours!

  12. Cory, first of all, thanks for the comment on my blog. Second of all, you're freakin' hilarious! I'm totally your newest blog follower, and I can't wait for your next post. Maybe I can learn how to be a better runner from reading about your endeavors. Thanks for the laughs.


  13. yes!, yes, people at work make fun of me for what I eat, how often I eat and how much I eat.
    I guess they're just jealous