Recovery Week and What’s Next. And the Bestowed Box Winner

I’m sorry if I’m a little late announcing the Bestowed Box Winner. I did email her on Thursday, but I haven’t heard back. But because I’m just announcing it on the blog today I’m giving her one more day to respond or I will pick another winner. And the winner is:

Erin H.!

Erin, please respond to my email or comment below by Tuesday or I will have to select another winner. Congratulations!

Recovery Week

I have spent the week since my race doing, well, almost nothing. This wasn’t by design, my work schedule was a little off last week and I didn’t have time to run. I taught a couple classes, though, so I did get my strength workouts in (including a killer Fast & Furious class on Friday that I will share with you later this week).

On Saturday Alan and I ran on the trails with the dogs. Only five miles, but my legs were kind of tired and sore. I think this was more an effect of the aforementioned Fast and Furious workout than any post-race tiredness.


La Quinta View

running buddies

On Sunday, I didn’t get to run because we were putting on our own race, the Gem of the Desert Trail Run. It is run in the trails near my home, seriously one of the most beautiful places to run in the desert. This year it was to benefit my friend Jeff, who, as you know, was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer last November. He is amazing. Just one week out from a week-long hospitalization for deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, yet there he was, not only at the race but walking the entire course! This man, and his miracle, are so inspiring. He is an ironman in all senses of the word.

Recovery Week

Recovery Week

Recovery Week

Recovery Week

Coming Next…The Costume Party Run!

So, after a week down-time, it is time to ramp it up again. As you know, I am planning to run the Costume Party Run, which is only nine weeks away! I am an ambassador for the event and I will be running the Hilarious Half Marathon, in costume, on July 7 in San Diego. There is also a 5k, called the Wacky 5k, and everybody in both races is encouraged to have fun and dress up.

If you head over to the Costume Party Run Facebook page by Monday (May 6), you can save $20 on the half, and $10 on the 5k (scroll down the page to find the discount code). If you miss the deadline, you can still save $10 on the half by using the code LAQUINTA.

You guys have had a few ideas for a costume, but the one that really excites me is a Dalmatian. More specifically, the Road Runner Sports Shoe Dog Dalmatian. Not only will I be honoring my 12 year old running partner Penny, I will also be celebrating one of the race sponsors (and my favorite running store-I’m like the original VIP). Road Runner Sports seems to be on board:


If you missed this photo that I posted the other day, check out the resemblance between Shoe Dog and Penny.

Penny Shoe Dog

Perfect, no? Since as I mentioned, I don’t want to be running in fur in July, I will be a streamlined Shoe Dog. I’m thinking white running skirt or shorts, white top, decorated with multi-colored spots, ears, tail, collar and tag. Hopefully that will be aerodynamic enough so that I can take my second chance to run a two hour half marathon for the first time in about five years. I do believe it’s possible. I was close in La Jolla, in spite of asthma and hills. I’m going to crank up my training this time around, and possibly look into some preventative asthma medicine (Alan swears by it!).

Anyway, that is what is next for me. I’m working on my training plan now, training starts this week!

How was your training last week? Any highlights, races, or other events?

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  1. says

    Rest is always a good thing when the bod needs it! 🙂

    Jeff is such an amazing guy & I love that you write about him & do these things with him!

    BTW, love RRS! 🙂

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