A Marathon Recovery Vacation

Following SFM I took a week's worth of PTO and went on vacation to recover from the race and the months of training that led up to it. The day after the race I had a much-needed massage, slept, and then went to the SF Giants game. My cousin Jenna hadn't been to the ballpark since it was called Pacific Bell Park back in 2000, and she was long overdue for a visit. I had a lot of fun introducing her to my favorite foods at the park. It was the start of "Eat All Things" week.

SF Giants Game
SF Giants Game

Very early the next morning (Tuesday) we left on a 15-hour road trip to her family's home in the Portland, OR area. The trip itself normally takes 10-12 hours but we made a few stops along the way…

First to the Golden Gate Bridge…

24-hours later I found myself at the Golden Gate Bridge again
24-hours later I found myself at the Golden Gate Bridge again

…then in Southern Oregon where lunched with our aunt who lives the cutest little town!

Jacksonville, OR
Jacksonville, OR

This was my first time making the drive from San Francisco to Portland. I was amazed at how beautiful the scenery was - from Mount Shasta, to the many lush green Pacific Northwest forests. After another stop in Salem to have dinner with my cousin Lauren (Jenna's sister), we were welcomed to Vancouver, WA with rain.

As seen on the drive...
As seen on the drive...

I spent the rest of the week:

+ Hanging out with my best friend…

Chip!
Chip!

+ Trying to remember how to play the piano...

Revisiting piano lessons...
Revisiting piano lessons...

+ And going to my little cousin's baseball games…

Throwing strikes!
Throwing strikes!

It was SO NICE not to have to worry about getting to bed early because I had to wake up early to go for a run. Or upon waking up having my first thoughts be "what's my workout today." Or worrying how what I ate would affect my stomach during my run.

In fact, I didn't think about running very (other than to plot an all-family relay team) or have any desire to go for a run. I didn't even bring my Garmin, iPod shuffle or running shoes. And the only time I wore running clothes was when we hiked Umbrella Falls trail at Mount Hood.

Hiking Umbrella Falls at Mount Hood
Hiking Umbrella Falls at Mount Hood

I had the best time sleeping in, eating Rocky Road ice cream and just hanging out with my family.

It really was the perfect recovery week - both physically and mentally.

Now that I'm home and my PTO is over I find myself feeling rejuvenated and excited for the races I have coming up in the second half of the year!