Catching Up

So, I’m one of those people that gets behind, then gets overwhelmed, and instead of catching up, I just abandon ship.  I owe so many posts and race recaps, but I’m gonna give a quick rundown and expand when time allows so I can feel free to post again without worrying about what I missed!!!

Texas Independence Relay (March 31-April 1).  It was a phenomenal experience with 10 awesome ladies.  I ended up running 5 legs in addition to the prologue and epilogue for a total mileage of 28.6 miles that weekend.  It was hot, my team was amazingly supportive, and it was a great experience!

(Thanks Corina for the photo!)
– Not long after the relay was the downward spiral of issues… first dehydration led to massive calf cramps that lasted multiple days, which led to pulling an area behind my knee, which led to a much lighter running schedule for almost 3 weeks of recovery.  I welcomed myself back with a night training run, but my weak leg lost it when I hit a root HARD on the trail and had to kneel down because my leg hurt so bad.  I limped the remaining mileage to the car.
– After 120 day running streak (at least 1 mile per day), I made the call that the injury was bad enough to take time off.  I took 7 full days of rest.  In all my time running, I’ve had some minor issues that caused 2-3 days of rest to heal up, but this is the first time I ever felt really injured.  After the 7 days, I was on the right path to running again, but the hamstring I had pulled was still really weak and fatigued really quickly.
Zion 100 (May 10-13) – Coming off the injury, I knew I’d need to cut down my potential pacing mileage for Zion.  I flew to Utah with Suann and her boyfriend, Martin.  We had 4 amazing days of adventure.  Suann ended up having a DNF due mostly to knee issues and horrid blisters at mile 63.  She did amazing.  It was 95 degrees in the desert with zero shade.  Despite the fact that I didn’t ultimately get to pace, crewing and accompanying her on that trip was a tremendous learning experience and I am so glad I went. You can read Suann’s race report HERE

– Ironman Texas (May 18-20) – And last weekend I drove down with Shannon (IronTexasMommy) and Scott (Big Daddy Diesel) to go volunteer at Ironman Texas with Jeff (Dangle the Carrot), his wife Annie, and Jason’s wife Karen.  And of course the main reason we were there, to watch Jason (Cook Train Eat Race) become an Ironman!!! Watching that moment was indescribable!  Congrats Jason.  It was an amazing experience… we were there from swim start at 7am until the finish line closed at midnight.  We volunteered in T2 for 6 hours in the middle of that.  We were exhausted, and it was completely worth it!
The last week of running has been good.  I’m working my mileage back up, my leg is getting stronger.  I don’t quite have my pace or endurance back, but the pain is completely gone… and for now, I’ll take that!!!
(I know my blogging has been sporadic, but I’m always around tweeting away @RacingItOff .  Hopefully the blogging will pick back up, but things are hectic and tomorrow is the last day of school for the kiddos!!!)


  1. Libby Jones | May 24, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Great recap, darling!!

  2. abbi | May 25, 2012 at 6:00 am

    Good to hear that you took the rest you need and seem to be coming back!

  3. Jason | May 25, 2012 at 8:43 am

    I can’t say it enough: Thank You for coming down to volunteer. It was awesome to have you down there for that day.

  4. Jeff Irvin | May 25, 2012 at 9:36 am

    It was a great weekend! Awesome time hanging with you and LOVED the snickerdoodles!

  5. Jen | May 25, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Thanks for the updates Lesley! 🙂

  6. Suz and Allan | May 25, 2012 at 11:59 am

    You’ve been busy Lesley! Hope you are able to be injury free this summer.

  7. Kelly | May 27, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I completely understand the getting behind, getting overwhelmed, and abandoning ship tactic. I use it frequently. I love keeping up with you and your awesomeness though. You are so inspiring. Thanks for the recap!

  8. LifeisaRun | May 29, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Glad to hear things are getting better with your leg! You have been a buuuusy bee!!

  9. Fruit Fly | May 30, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    I like your little catch up report – sounds like you are just going non-stop! 120 days in a row is crazy!! I just did 3 days in a row – which is my longest streak, and now I’m happy for a day off. I don’t know how you did that, you’re pretty freaking awesome!!

  10. Kepa Wong | May 31, 2012 at 2:31 am

    You are a real inspiration. What cool goal… consecutive running days. 120 is awesome.

    I am sure your body appreciates the rest.

  11. Shellyrm ~ just a country runner | July 19, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Great update! You have been a busy bee even while taking some time “off”. You made a smart decision and have had some amazing adventures.

  12. absolute health fitness | October 5, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    You are fantastic. Your goal is great and you are such an inspiration to everyone.

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