Happiest Healthiest Hungriest Running Mama: Post-Boston Training Log

#bostonvibes #beboston #bostonstrong #spiketheunicorn

Hi everyone! After a lot of thought, I’ve changed my online identity to better reflect who I am on every level. Instead of Olive, you can call me Happiest Healthiest Hungriest Running Mama, or HHHRM for short.

As you all know — and if you don’t, you will soon be reminded every day for the rest of eternity — I recently raced my first Boston Marathon. Here’s a quick recap and what I’ve been up to since the race.

Oh yeah, while I qualified very, very easily, I was given a free entry to the BAA 5K and the Boston Marathon by Krispy Kreme, who selected me for its inspiring Donut-Eaters of Boston Team. A quick #thankyou to the Krispy Kreme for helping get me here!!!!!!

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The week before the race, my doctor told me that I have three stress fractures, but he also said this is no big deal and I can totally still race. #blessed

Saturday – April 15

I ran the BAA 5k Saturday as a shake-out run in a super easy 6:12 pace. My stress fracture in my metatarsal was bruised and throbbing the whole time, but the doctor reassured me that this is totally normal and no big deal. I grabbed some Tundra Nada and a jug of limited edition #krispykreme donut-flavored vegan, sugar-free Muscle Drink after the race to refuel.

Sunday – April 16

I did a quick eight mile recovery jog with some strides to get loose for the big day! Ate an entire spaghetti squash the night before! Best pasta dinner ever! #carblesscarboloading

Marathon Monday! – April 17 – Race Day!

Monday morning, I put on my blue and yellow #radcompression socks, my blue and yellow #teamglitter skirt, my #krispykreme race jersey, and my blue and yellow #nogginperspirations visor. I grabbed some blue and yellow #unnu, which was, fittingly, 26.2 calories worth — just enough to fuel 26.2 miles! The race was harder than I expected, especially with my boot slowing me down, but aside from a few fainting spells I was totally fine! #bostonstrong. Post-race, I enjoyed TWO servings of Tundra Nada low calorie frozen dessert. #treatyoself

Tuesday – April 18 #RecoverSmart!

I rested so hard. I slept in until 5:15 a.m.! It’s important to give yourself time to rest after a long race like a marathon. #trainsmart I felt totally refreshed and went to September Program in Boston before my flight home. I ran there and back from my hotel, it was only seven miles each way. I refueled with half of a special edition #krispykreme donut-flavored gluten free Journey Bar. Time to fly home!

Wednesday – April 19 #BacktoReality

Good to be home! Woke up at my usual 3:30 a.m. to get a quick 18 miles in before the kids got up. Thank goodness the noise from my boot hitting the deck repeatedly for two hours didn’t wake them up! I took it totally easy though. I love running in my treadmill room because I get to look at the life-sized poster of myself and relive the magic of that blissful day when I graced the cover of Lady Jogger magazine. #sobravesoblessed

A few quick stretches #sirsapadasana, a scoop of PB-Zero, and I’m ready to start my day. I had the kids stand on my back while I did my push-ups and dole out sips of water when I did my walking lunges with 25lb kettlebells in each hand. Then we spent the day at the park.

Thursday – April 20 #trackisthenewblack

Speed work day! I love running 800s during my marathon recovery phase. They’re so much easier than my usual mile repeats. I put on my sports bra, tights, hat, mittens, wool socks, and scarf, but as part of the #barebellybrigade I skipped the shirt. I love my body! I headed down to the track, where I had to shovel some spring snow out of a lane, but my arms totally needed a workout anyway. LOLZ.

I met my tribe of hardcore beyotch posse there where we knocked out some reverse-Yasso 800s. Instead of transferring your goal marathon hours and minutes into minutes and seconds per 800 times 10, for reverse Yassos, you transfer your actual marathon hours and minutes into the minutes and seconds per 800 — times 10.

My boot was slowing me down a little, and the bruising on my foot is getting darker, but my doctor says bruising is no problem, and in fact is a sign I am releasing all the toxins.

Speaking of toxins, I’ve been experimenting with eliminating gluten, dairy, meat, and all red fruits to help clean my gut and stimulate the healing process. I feel so happy and healthy and grateful to my doctors who recommended this treatment.

Friday – April 21 #BAMR!

Kids were home from school today so I took them out in my stroller. Since I have four kids and only a double stroller, I put two in the stroller, one on my front in a Baby Sven and gave one a piggy back ride for my 10 mile run today. What’s your excuse? LOL!

The kids did great. They only screamed “are we done yet?!” once every minute or so, and then I just put my headphones in and listened to a podcast of an interview. When we got home I made my kids kale|almond butter|chia seed|tears-of-a-virgin™ smoothies and we got ready for naps! Naps for them that is. I still had my post-run strength training to do. Ugh. But I just told myself, “you’ll never regret working out and your abs aren’t gonna define themselves”, so this princess sucked it up. LOLOLOL.

Saturday – April 22 #runallthemiles

Long run day! I only did 22 miles since I’m still technically recovering from the marathon, but I totally feel fine. My foot doesn’t hurt anymore. In fact, it feels like it’s not even there. So weird! Whatevs. Oh, but my quads are still a little bit sore. The other day I tried to sit on the potty to pee, but my quads were hurting and shaking so bad that I fell down and gave myself a concussion. I’m such a klutz. LOL.

Seriously though, no excuses. I had to meet my tribe of tough-as-nails band of broads early so we had time to get all of our miles in. I packed some limited edition #krispykreme donut-flavored dairy-free, gluten-free, non-red, vegan, anti-matter non-fruit fruit snacks for us to share afterwards It’s always fun to have a post-run feast with my girlz! OMG! #runallthemileseatalltheartificaldonutflavoring amiright, ladeez?! lololol

??Hope you enjoyed my recovery week! Can’t wait to start training again next week! #HHHRM??

How did your post-Boston recovery week go?

I am a stay at home mom and group fitness instructor from South Texas. I love reading, wine, and travel. I write about trends, injury prevention and maintenance, and satire. I am training to break 1:30 in the half marathon sometime soon, and for the 2017 Boston Marathon.

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8 comments

  1. Oh wow, such inspiration! I feel like such a slacker for staying home and eating ALL THE FOOD in the days following Boston. You go, HHHRM 😉

  2. It is my aspiration to someday be sponsored by #antimatternofruitfruitsnacks. Thanks for the inspiration, HHHRM!

  3. Girl, if you don’t stop!!! ??? I’m weak???. I keep seeing all the #toughbeeotches on Instagram already doing speed, track workouts, long runs? I’m over here having a food baby and making deals with myself that “tomorrow” I’ll go for a run. So for now I’m #likeajellyroll#somovablenotbrave

  4. I find your #journey so #relatable and yet also #inspirational. I better go out and buy all these products you recommended so I can be just like you!

  5. All of my favorite people wrapped up in one blog post… You’re such an #inspiringinspirationalinspiration to me!!! A regular #badassbeastrockstar in my book.