Dry Martini: One month

Fellow NYC marathoner Marianne texted me this morning with congratulations about our one-month marathon anniversary. Which makes total sense but I was stunned anyway. The marathon was November 6; I’m writing this on December 6. So, yeah. One calendar month has passed.

Yet it feels like a decade has passed since I took my 26.2 mile scamper through all five boroughs.

It’s not just that the run itself has faded into my foggy memory — I can see, now, how people forget how hard it is and chose to run another one — it’s that I can barely recall that I did it in the first place. Especially when I go out for a long run of six miles and am ready to go home after the first two.

I did mark this one month anniversary by retiring my marathon shoes: a pair of Saucony Guide 9s that remind me of watermelon slices.

My body feels fine, mostly. While it takes a little bit longer to warm up than it used to and my right ankle and left upper butt aren’t always as on-board with the plan as I’d hope, I think I’m past the worst of the aches and pains. The calls to stop are coming from inside the house — or, rather, inside my own skull. Getting myself out of my nice warm bed on cold, dark mornings and pushing through that first mile is super hard, y’all. I mean, it’s always been an uphill battle but that hill is more like Mt Washington than it used to be.

Which isn’t good because I’ve committed to the 3M half in Austin in January. Right now, 13.1 miles seems like the distance between here and Texas itself. At least it’s unlikely to snow during the race.

Which is what it was doing during our annual Turkey Trot. Calling the precipitation that was pelting us at the end of the 5K “snow” would be generous because it was more like hard balls of ice but, given the season, I’ll be generous. Also: Hard Ice Balls is my drag name.

Co-worker Danielle and I before the Trot. I'm not sure what her drag name would be.

I went into the Trot with zero goals and low expectations. Surprisingly, the first mile was great. The second mile was a little tougher but still pretty good, despite said pelting. Surely, I thought, I can’t keep this zippy pace up for the last mile (and a little). Then I did and finished the race up with an 11:05 mile average, which is super-duper speedy for me.

And then I went home and ate my face off. Like one does. This was the year I aced both pecan pie and cornbread stuffing, btw. It’s the small victories.

What I’ve discovered during the last few weeks is that my physical fitness running-wise has improved, despite all of the overwork damage I likely did to my kinetic chain during the marathon. I’m clipping off some pretty speedy (for me) miles, even on 5 or 6 mile runs. So - hooray!

But running at all feels harder in my brain than it should — and that’s perhaps a result of seasonal ennui and holiday madness. Each year I’m remind how dark and cold this part of the country can be as well as how much of a marathon getting through December can be. Time to double-down on radical self-care, I guess. Even that seems like a lot of work right now. Is it self-care to snuggle in your bed with your stinky dog and trashy science fiction?

Said bed and said stinky dog. She's very tense.

There seem to be a few downsides to not running as much as I was. First, I don’t have many running related stories to share. Second, I’m not running quite enough to not have the entire universe irritate me most of the time, for which I apologize to all the people I know. And, last but not least, it’s hard to get through all of the podcasts I love before the new episodes are released. First world problem, I know

I should be able to catch up on some of them next week when my kids, husband, and I decamp to Central Florida for a few days to celebrate an early Christmas with my Mom and, I say this with great hope in my heart, drive three hours up the peninsula to close on her old house and deal with other financial junk that modern life requires. In between, we may even manage to hit a theme park.*

I have a few training runs to squeeze in during those days, too. Maybe the change of scenery will light a fire under my tired heinie? Or, perhaps, the very real possibility of being chased by a gator will put a spring in my step? We, shall, in fact, see.


* I know there are a bunch of theme park-loving BAMRs out there. A word problem for you: Given that a) my kids are 11 and 14, b) they’ve been to each of the parks before, and c) I’m not sure we’ll have time/money on this visit to really spend a day in one but could be convinced, what should we do? No idea is too silly….


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17 responses to “Dry Martini: One month

  1. Adrienne, I say skip the theme park admission cast but still immerse yourselves in the magic of Christmas at Disney. You can take the monorail around to the resorts to check out all their decorations – and maybe get a spiked Dole whip at Trader Sam’s. 😉
    Then have a late lunch / early dinner at Disney Springs (I’ve heard great things about DLuxe burgers and Art Smith’s Homecoming). Friends were just there and said the nightly drone light show at Disney Springs was amazing.

  2. That’s funny, Julie Jones! We lived in Knoxville for 5 years and my husband designed lights for a few Dollywood shows! Small world. And, yup. It’s a fun park!

    I will try to do better, Sara. Sometimes my insecurities leak out.

    Keep those suggestions coming, you guys! They are great.

  3. I say skip the cost of theme park tickets but still immerse yourselves in the magic of Disney at Christmas.
    You can take the monorail along to the hotels to check out the decorations – and maybe have some snacks or a spiked Dole Whip at Trader Sam’s by the Polynesian.
    The Disney Tourist Blog has a ton of info:
    Then go have a late lunch/early dinner at Disney Springs and wander around the new development. Friends were just there and said the drone light show was amazing.

  4. First – I love your posts. They are super funny and oh so resonant with my own personal challenges and motivation issues!! I am always excited when I see a new post pop up! But, with a little tough BAMR love here, can we stop qualifying our miles with comments like – 11 min/mile “which is speedy for me”. Or I had a speedy (for me) 5-6 miles. I’m not winning any races at my 10-11 min pace. But the one thing I’ve learned from all of you and from my crazy friends that DO in fact win races at their (how the heck to you do that?!) sub 7 paces, is that we are all runners and your mile might be completed faster or slower than the next gal’s…but if you’re out there it is still an awesome mile!!

  5. We lived in Florida for a few years and loved visiting the Kennedy Space Center. The space shuttle is there now, with a fantastic display so you can get really close and see inside it. Hope you have a good trip!

  6. My 15-year-old son’s hands-down favorite park is Busch Gardens. He’s a roller coaster junkie and that’s the park that made him happiest. We’re moving to the Orlando area in 2 weeks, so seeing these suggestions is awesome!

  7. Living in Florida and having been to all the parks I would reccomend Sea world. It is the cheapest and they do a great job decorating for christmas. They have a beautiful display of trees on the water that have a light show set to music. My kids 14 and 10 enjoy it. The Disney parks (although great) are MOBBED right now so if you go be prepared to wait in stupidly long lines. An airboat ride is another fun idea if you have never done one. Lone Cabbage off of 520 has been there forever and has a very authentic (read Deliverance) vibe to it with a good resturant serving normal and not so normal food (alligator, frogs legs etc…) and usually live muisc on the weekend. Also there are a lot of fun things to do in Orlando without the park scene. The Orlando EYE is cool. They also have a wax museum and a small aquarium attached to it for a full day of touristy entertainment. Good luck and welcome to Florida!

  8. When my children were that age a friend of our worked for Sea World so we went with his family. I was surprised by how much my kids enjoyed it. There were rides and lots to explore plus shows.

  9. Hey, my trick when my kids were your age was to find free things to do in the area of Florida we were traveling. Heavens, they used the AAA Book. These days put them in charge of Googling Free things to do near blah, blah, blah. Invests them in the trip and free things can be fun!! I’m envious of your trip to Florida for Christmas!!

  10. If you drove…..think about “Dollywood”. It’s in Pigeon Forge, TN…not far off I-40 Exit 407. Right now, it’s decorated with tons of Christmas lights and has probably 10 Christmas shows. Plus, the lines for the roller coasters are not too long now. They have the “Lightning Rod” Roller Coaster….new…AWESOME! This is the fastest Wooden Roller Coaster in the WORLD. Goes 73 miles an hour and something about -G’s. Also, the “Wild Eagle” is phenomenal. Plenty of rides for very young kids and also people who don’t like scary rides. And, there is more…the food is fantastic. Warm, daily homemade cinnamon buns, the best funnel cakes in the world….southern country buffet’s, a candy shop, bakery, kettle corn, …plus the friendliest southern staff ever. We are from Knoxville, and my kids (11 & 16) prefer this over WDW. (Total bias opinion, I must add).

  11. As a life long Disney lover, it’s hard not to recommend a day in the Magic Kingdom during the Christmas season. But for something different, one of my favorites is Blue Spring State Park- where if you go early-ish you can see all the manatees staying warm in the spring. Another is De Leon Springs state park which is famous for the pancake breakfast- a griddle in the middle of your table and you cook your own. Lots of fun in Central Florida outside a theme park! Enjoy!!

  12. Disney water park! It’s the one thing all mine agree on, cheaper than the other parks and oh so fun! Also Kennedy space center (though expensive and a bit of a drive). There’s also a great ropes course at the central Florida zoo (near sanford) – really fun but gets crowded near holidays. (Can you tell we visit my mom there 2x a year and I need to keep kids entertained?)

  13. Skip the theme parks and book an air boat tour on the everglades near Orlando….one of the best things we did with our teens. It totally rivaled the theme parks! I can give you the name of the company of we used if you want. Also, how does one procure an awesome dunkin donuts hat like you are wearing? I am DDless in my part of the world but would love to be able to sport that hat on days like today when it is 0 degrees outside!

  14. I think I recall your family being Harry Potter fans. I would suggest Universal. The HP section is outstanding. Amazing attention to detail, right down to the butterbeer. My son’s favorite theme park has always been SeaWorld.

    I celebrated my month post marathon by running a half. I wasn’t sure how it would go between recovery, reverse tapering, getting a longish run in. Guess what? I was only 20 seconds slower than a half I had run during my marathon training. You are more prepared than you realize!!!

  15. I have the same podcast problem right now. Add in those “zen runs” for the stride through the holidays plan and I think I’m only caught up on AMR.

    For parks, my thought would be Harry Potter if they enjoyed the books. If not, you can go all in w/ Magic Kingdom and insist on cramming in so many things that they never want to go back, saving you thousands of dollars.

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