A different kind of recovery formula

My husband and I spent last weekend up in Massachusetts, just outside of Boston, for the wedding of one of my best friends from college.

It was a beautiful wedding – perfectly fitting for the couple. I was honored to be a part of it. And of course it was fantastic to see friends that we hadn’t seen in ten years and be all like, “OH my GOD, YOU are a LAWYER?” before remembering that we are all in our thirties now and having established, grown-up careers is perfectly normal.

And staying up until 4:30 in the morning is decidedly not normal.

When you’re in your thirties, such behavior will probably leave you in a nasty wake of exhaustion and dehydration for no fewer than 48 hours afterward. And will cause you to develop an embarrassing stuffy nose that you really can’t claim is “just allergies” because, um, it’s almost July and allergy season is long gone.

Not that I’d know.

But seriously…to help manage our expectations, someone should develop a Recovery Rule of Thumb for situations like this. Like how they say that you need a day to recover for every mile raced? I’m thinking it takes an hour to recover for every hour stayed up past midnight, multiplied by the number of years of age over 29. Plus two penalty hours for every post-midnight drink consumed. Make that three penalty hours if it’s a drink you’d never consider consuming under normal circumstances. Like Jaegermeister. Or White Zin from a gallon jug.

According to this formula, I should be good to go by…Thursday.

Of course, I don’t regret a single minute. It was a wonderful weekend. Congrats to Meg and Derek!

These shenanigans meant that I took the entire weekend off of running/exercise. It’s okay, it happens sometimes.

Truthfully, I’m more bummed about not making it to f*cking yoga last week than I am about the hangover-slash-rest days. In spite of the fact that it makes me feel like a stumpy, sweaty gnome, I’ve kind of come to enjoy hot yoga. Or at least not totally dread it. Well, I still dread the class itself a bit, but I love how it makes me feel afterward. Kind of like a hard track workout.

Speaking of which: tonight’s was a bitch.

I’ve been approaching my track workouts with more intensity these last few weeks. Because this session is my only quality running workout of the week and I’m not racing much right now, I feel like I can (and should) push it pretty hard. It’s been fun watching my splits drop; in spite of the 90-degree heat tonight, I was thrilled to be able to run an 84-second 400 at the end of the workout. Fun!

And because I’m sure you are all wondering whether my wedding weekend bender affected my half-hearted efforts to lean up the bod:

I guess…not really? Hard to tell. Maybe I worked some of it off on the dance floor.

I’m thinking of changing up my eating habits a little more to see if that helps me drop a couple of more pounds. When I embarked on this OMG EPIC JOURNEY seven weeks ago, I really didn’t do anything drastic with my diet outside of cutting back on the weeknight boozing (as you may have inferred from the sad lack of beer reviews on here) and trying to eat a few more veggies and a little less crap.

But I’ve still been eating a fair amount of crap, and probably eat too many superfluous carbs, so I’m gonna try to switch the emphasis to protein for a few weeks and see what happens.

Disclaimer: I’m not anti-carb, and when I’m training for a distance race I believe my body needs quite a lot of them. But I’m not training for a distance race right now. So minimizing my consumption of things like pasta and rice and bread probably won’t kill me.

Or maybe it will. If I stop posting for a while, please send help.

Unless it’s before Thursday, because, you know…I’m still recovering.

10 responses to “A different kind of recovery formula

  1. This is a genuine question, but it may come off judgey, coz the internet does that. Can I just ask, what are you doing that it takes you an hour to strength train your upper body? I do a full body weights session in 25 minutes flat. Am I being a wimp?

    • An hour doesn’t seem like that long to me! I shoot for doing 10 different lifts/exercises and assuming I spend five minutes on each (including multiple sets and recovery between), that’s 50 minutes there…plus some travel between weight areas and drinking fountain/dawdling time. I’m sure I’m not the most efficient worker-outer in the weight room but it would be challenging for me to get a hard lifting workout done in under 30 minutes!

  2. I have college friends who are talking heads on called on to be experts about the latest immigration policy change. It’s definitely weird, but pretty awesome to see them living their dreams.

    I can stay up until 4:30, but that’s without any kind of drinking and sleeping in until 2 pm.

  3. oh my goodness, I could not agree more. It took me about 2.5 days to feel even remotely like a normal person after my birthday “celebration” last month, in which I had 5 drinks and stayed out until the ungodly hour of 2:30 a.m. But you’re right, so worth it! :)

  4. Obviously your recovery from the weekend is going well if you were able to do such an intense track workout! I agree though, it’s tough to recover from 4am nights out as fun as they may be under the right circumstances.

  5. Gotta’ hate the stuffy nose. What’s up with that, anyway? One of life’s mysteries. I like your formula. I’ll have to remember that next time… not that one normally plans to stay out past midnight, but things happen… even if they shouldn’t.

  6. I have similar post wedding recovery issues …means the aftermath of my sisters wedding in August is going to be ugly 😀

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