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Say it, Do it! {Gods Love We Deliver Race Recap}

2011 November 20
by Jess

{If you’re new to SIDI here’s some info: At the beginning of each week on FCITC “Say it, Do it” is a chance for us to commit to our workouts for the week by saying them out loud here and keeping each other accountable.}

I don’t usually write race recaps unless they are significant or worthy of talking about. Today’s 4-mile race is worthy of a classic recap minus the photos.

I woke up around 6:00 a.m., brewed a cup of coffee and checked the weather. Sitting on the couch with coffee in hand I immediately felt several shooting pains in my hamstring. By the time Rick was up and at it, I told him I wasn’t sure that I should be running. It’s a conversation we’ve had a few too many times this year.

Reluctantly, I decided that even if I had to spend an hour walking the 4-mile course, I was doing this race. Rick was running his second New York Road Runner’s race and the weather was perfect. I had to at least get out there today. It was the right decision.

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I lined up one corral away from my assigned one so I wouldn’t feel pressured to push through if I needed a break. The gun went off and we headed almost instantly up cat hill. About a mile and half into the race Ali and her hot pants sped by me and I knew that if she was anywhere in sight I needed to slow down.

I tried my best to reign in my pace. At the two mile mark my lungs were burning and I was mad for not slowing down and staying with Betsy. So, I slowed down and tried to catch my breath. At mile three I tapped into my mantra (or strange habit) as a way of distracting myself from my inadequate fitness level. As I rounded the corner and saw the finish line I slowed down for a moment. Feeling lame for slowing down instead of speeding up, I quickly picked up the pace and ran a bit harder through the finish line.

It wasn’t my worst 4-mile race ever. It definitely wasn’t my best.

However, something magical happened. After the race my leg felt better than it’s felt all week.

We are calling this a comeback.

Say it, Do it!

  • Monday – Spin/Core
  • Tuesday – 25 minute Run/Core
  • Wednesday – 25 minute run
  • Thursday – probably off
  • Friday – 25 minute run
  • Saturday – Physique 57 Beginner class
  • Sunday – 35 minute run

What challenges do you have during the holiday’s with working out? For me it’s necessary in order to keep my sanity.

Now it’s your turn to “Say it, Do it!”

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  1. November 20, 2011

    I loved seeing you today, Jess! And it’s so funny you wrote that: I kept looking for you because I was thinking, “If I see Jess, it means I’m running well!” I’m pumped that you felt good during this race — I have a feeling 2012 is going to be an awesome running year for you! Keep taking good care of yourself. Also, you looked wicked cute in your race outfit. Also, come play with me in the leaves next time.

    Congratulations on the race — and congratulations to your super-speedy husband, too!

    • Jess permalink*
      November 21, 2011

      So funny! Apparently all black was the dress code of the day.

  2. November 21, 2011

    Congrats on getting the courage to run the race! I’m sure it was a tough decision and you did awesome regardless! I know that I always need that extra motivation to actually go out and run even when I’m not 100%–and usually I feel amazing afterwards. My IT band was bothering me during every single training run leading up until my first half marathon. I kept telling myself that if it started to flare up during the race that I needed to take it easy. I ran the entire half with NO ITB pain and no pain post race either!!

  3. November 21, 2011

    Welcome back, Jess! Hopefully, things with your hammy will chill out and you can enjoy some winter running soooooon! I love a comeback!

  4. November 21, 2011

    SO glad the race ended up being a learning (and good) experience overall and that your injury seems to have healed. That is SUCH a relief. Great workout goals for this week!

    Mine are:
    Sunday – 7 glorious miles
    Monday – barre n9ne legs, barre n9ne toned, firm fit & ready
    Tuesday – treadmill run (thinking intervals)
    Wednesday – barre n9ne cardio; barre n9ne barre fusion
    Thursday – 5 mile Wild Turkey Run!
    Friday – off
    Saturday – run-barre-run date! (run to and from the barre studio, take barre method in between, awesome!)

  5. November 21, 2011

    YEA!!!!! That is awesome. Big air high five. It’s clicking again!!!

  6. November 21, 2011

    UM yes that is a comeback! I had my fastest PR ever at that race last year and you STILL ran faster than me. You are amazing, congrats!!!!

    This week… sigh:

    Monday: Rest
    Tuesday: Refine (scared!!!!)
    Wednesday: Rest
    Thursday: Refine
    Friday: Music Yoga Flow
    Saturday: Core Fusion Cardio
    Sunday: Maybe run

    • November 21, 2011

      I said sigh because I thought I had very few workouts (yet again), but as I wrote this I went and signed up for Music Yoga Flow and then decided to maybe run on Sunday, so really, this is an awesome workout week if this all happens!

      • Jess permalink*
        November 21, 2011

        It is a great week! As soon as I can stretch my hamstrings again, I’m all over Music Yoga Flow.

  7. November 21, 2011

    Sounds like a great pace to me! I’m glad you feel good about it.

  8. Sam @ Mom At The Barre permalink
    November 21, 2011

    Loved reading your recap and so glad you’re feeling better!
    This week:
    Monday: off
    Tuesday: Physique 57
    Wed: physique 57
    Thursday: Refine method
    Friday: Physique 57
    Sat: spin or physique- undecided
    Sun: physique or spin

  9. November 21, 2011

    Inadequate fitness level!? Girl, you rocked it! Faster than I’ve run in a while, and on a bum leg to boot?! Nice work!

    My SIDI –

    Tonight – I’ll be lucky to squeeze in a walk on the treadmill during the Pats game
    Tuesday – 3+ mile run after work
    Wednesday – 2 mile run after work
    Thursday – TURKEY TROT! 5k followed by eating more than I humanly should.
    Friday – Black Friday shopping burns calories right? And it’s my high school reunion at night.
    Saturday, run in the morning before my husband’s high school reunion.

  10. November 21, 2011


    Which Physique 57 class are you going to?? I’ve always wanted to try this class



  11. November 21, 2011

    I’ve been slacking off on my SIDI! I have been sticking to basically the same workouts. This week:
    M: Refine
    Tu: Refine
    W: Refine
    H: Refine
    F: rest
    Su: Long run

    I also might run to or from Refine one day, but I am finding that with 5 days of Refine I am too pooped to do much else!

  12. Lauren C. permalink
    November 21, 2011

    awesome that you PRed! congrats! and super amazing that your leg felt better after.

    thanksgiving is such a tricky week – plus i just started a new job last week, so getting into the swing of things:

    Sun: Core Fusion (check!)
    Mon: Zumba (first time, felt awkward but it was a fun/great workout!, check!)
    Tues: Rest
    Wedn: Core Fusion
    Thurs: Eliptical OR Rest
    Fri: Core Fusion
    Sat: Zumba OR Yoga OR Eliptical
    Sun: Core Fusion

  13. Amber permalink
    November 22, 2011

    OK, I am finally at a place where I feel like I can plan my workouts for the week but first let me give you a long overdue congratulations on Sunday’s performance! You are awesome! I see so many great things happening for you in 2012!

    So for this week:
    Monday – Core Fusion, PT exercises (done)
    Tuesday – Core Fusion Yoga, (done) PT exercises
    Wednesday – 2 miles, PT exercises
    Thursday – depends on how I feel. Maybe Core Fusion Arms & Abs DVD or maybe just PT exercises
    Friday – Core Fusion Arms & Abs (will probably throw in some glute work too), PT exercises
    Saturday – 2 or maybe 3 miles (depends on how Wednesday goes), PT exercises
    Sunday – PT exercises

  14. November 25, 2011

    So glad to read you’re leg is feeling better!!!

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