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Return to XP

by Meghann on February 19, 2014

So I’ve been a bad training buddy lately. Basically I’ve attended ZERO team workouts in 2014.

Last year I saw my XP teammates daily, but just as I decided to take a break from triathlon training (hey, that Ironman took it out of me!), my friends decided to do something crazy…

Like sign up for Ironman Cozumel.


Well, I guess I haven’t been that bad of a training buddy. I mean, I did attend the registration party. Margaritas? Mexican food? Watching my friends faces as they pay an obscene amount of money for a race they’ll be completing 11 months from now? Count me in!


P.S. I’m not doing Ironman Cozumel, but I will be there cheering the group on (with margarita in hand). Viva XP!

So, yeah – they’re hardcore now. Me? Not so much. I’ve been enjoying my relaxed days with light running and CrossFit.

However, I do miss my training buddies, and after being taunted in our group chat, I vowed to attend a team practice this week. Monday morning I woke up with awful period cramps. This may be TMI, but I find it impossible to run the first morning I start my period. I felt like crap, so instead of trying to run I decided to sit on the couch with my heating pad and meet up with the XP crew after work instead.  I packed both my running and swim stuff, not 100% sure what their plan was.

When the text came through with the plan to run after work, I replied to count me in before I even had a chance to back out. I figured we would be working on speed work at the track, which is something I need to do anyway so it worked for me. I thought it would be an hour tops.


Turns out the crew had been “picking up” their training over the last few weeks and were planning a 15k, starting at an 8:00 min/mi pace and only going faster from there. Umm… what? A 15k? At 6:30pm on Monday? I’m not prepared for this. Luckily coach knew this and had called in my buddy Chris to run with me. We were instructed to run a 12k at a steady 9:30 min/mi pace. I could keep that pace, but a 12K after working all day? Gah. Not fun.

Chris and I were given instructions on where to go and followed them to a T (even when we saw the rest of the group head in the opposite direction). Turns out we were given the wrong directions, which explains why the group kept going straight instead of turning left. Whoops.

After working all day, the 12K wasn’t pretty. I was tired, hungry and ready for dinner. I think the longest run I’ve ever done after work has been 4 miles, going 7+ was definitely a new record. I’m a morning runner, not an evening runner. Still, it was fun to run with Chris and I enjoyed getting out there and just running. I left my headphones in the car and Chris and I just played catch up on the run. He recently recovered from the flu, so he was just getting back in the running game.

We finished right on pace and celebrated with a post-run beer. I guess that’s the good thing about evening runs, post-run beers are perfectly acceptable. 😉

I’m not ready to dive completely back in training with XP yet, but it was nice to join my friends for a Monday run. I’ll let it serve as inspiration to join them for a swim (I even bought new goggles for the occasion!). It’s also nice to know that no matter how long I’ve been away (or how badly I’m out of practice), that they’re still there for me – true training friends at their finest!

In the mean time, I think I need to start training for my Ironman Cozumel spectating. 1 margarita, 2 margarita, 3 margarita, FLOOR. 



1 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs February 19, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Wow — 12k after a full work day? I’m impressed! 🙂
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2 Sara @ LovingOnTheRun February 19, 2014 at 9:15 pm

That is pretty awesome that you got through it! Running after work can be SO hard!

I think if I was going to do an Ironman I would pick Cozumel too!!
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3 Amanda Elizabeth February 19, 2014 at 9:42 pm

I like your Cozumel training plan! That is something I could be down with 😉
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4 Runner Girl Eats February 19, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Watching Ironman Cozumel sounds like much more fun than racing IM Cozumel 😉
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5 Kammie @ Sensual Appeal February 19, 2014 at 11:56 pm

Oh man, way to go lady. I can’t run or even workout after work, I’ve gotta do it before as soon as I wake up otherwise I just get too tired.
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6 Elizabeth {Positively Healthy} February 20, 2014 at 8:04 am

Running after work can be hard. Great job! You have such an awesome group of friends!
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7 Lesley February 20, 2014 at 8:27 am

Don’t forget the great Mexican food to go along with the margaritas 🙂
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8 Laura@SneakersandSpatulas February 20, 2014 at 9:10 am

You and I are complete opposites. I love working out after work and do the majority of my workouts then (unless it is the weekend). I cannot fathom waking up super early to workout and shower before being at work at 8am. No thank you. I’ll take my evening workouts any day!
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9 Sarah F February 20, 2014 at 10:01 am

Some days I totally want to run after work. Other days I’m like no way. It’s always a crap shoot! Congrats on working through it!

10 Martina @ snapshotsandwhatnots February 20, 2014 at 11:01 am

Wow! I did 5 miles after work last night and felt like I wanted to die this morning – I’m like a zombie today so I can only imagine how you feel today after 7 miles -ouch!!
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11 Natalie @ Free Range Human February 20, 2014 at 12:20 pm

I need to follow your Ironman spectating plan…..I have a good friend competing in September and I need to be ready 😉

A longish run in the afternoon after work is really tough. I just did six miles a few days ago, and my legs felt like lead!
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12 Megan @ The Skinny-Life February 20, 2014 at 12:39 pm

If I were going to do an Ironman, I would certainly pick a beach location like Coumel too!
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13 SJ February 20, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Can I ask, if the longest run you’ve done after a workday is 4 miles, how have you done your marathon training in the past? I’m following a Hal Higdon plan and midweek long-ish runs (in the 6 – 10 mile range) are the norm. Running those distances after work definitely takes motivation!

14 Meghann February 21, 2014 at 11:45 am

I did all my long runs BEFORE work. The longest run I’ve done before run is 10 miles. I’m much more of morning runner than an evening runner. I’d rather wake up and hour early than give up some of my evening time with my hubby.

15 Ashley February 20, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Post run beers are a REQUIREMENT for evening runs — right?
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16 Steph @321delish February 20, 2014 at 9:24 pm

I’m so glad you came back! You definitely need to get in a swim with us too- but don’t come on Tuesdays unless you want to do a TON of pulling!

It was great to see you again!
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17 Jess February 21, 2014 at 10:45 am

It’s all in what you’re used to. I always run at night after work and after I get both kids down for the night. Sometimes I’m not done running until 9:30 pm. Typically stick to shorter distances, but lately have been running 6-8 miles at night.

18 Courtney February 21, 2014 at 8:37 pm

Be careful! Spectating IM Cozumel will probably result in getting bit by the IM bug again 😉
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19 Heather @ February 27, 2014 at 7:33 pm

Guess who’s doing her first tri in April? THIS GIRL!Ya- it was a last minute thing. Wish I had a registration party, haha. That’s an awesome group of friends! Glad you’re back at “training.”
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