Recovering from Boston

The second year in a row that I have been sick as a dog in Boston. I don’t know what it is about that city! I have been eating super healthy, getting all of my vitamins. grrr… We got home last night, I ran this morning which was not a smart idea. I thought that running would help get the sick out of me, but it only made it worse as my fever climbed to 100 forcing me to take yet another day off of work, which in turn completely stresses me out. Not good.

This was my week 4/11-4/17

M-10 miles w/ strides recovery run 7:51- my legs felt trashed and tired.

T- 6 miles a.m. 8:01 pace, 10.65 miles p.m. with the following workout- 1 mile in 5:40, 1200 in 4:09, 800 in 2:42, 400 in 81, 800 in 2:40, 400 in 79. I nailed it despite my legs still feeling beat up! Thanks to Brett for leading!

W- 8 miles recovery

R-15.5 miles with miles 6-12 in sub 38:00- 6:18, 6:20, 6:11, 6:15, 6:15, 6:11.  6:48 average pace overall. Had some major GI issues! Was baffled at first until I got my period later that morning. That will do it! ugh, just in time for our trip. p.m.- Massage!!!

F- 2 miles a.m. 7:53 pace, just to shake out my legs. Did this at 3:30am before our flight! 6 miles p.m. in Boston 7:58 pace. Tired and hungry after a long day of travel.

S- 6 miles with 8x100m strides 7:03 avg. Throat started to feel scratchy, but just attributed it to the wet, cold, windy, Boston weather. I was pretty achy at night but wasn’t worried. We had been out and about all day, so I thought that was the cause of my energy drainage.

S- 10 miles w/ BAA 5k in 18:00. Of course, I wish it had been faster. But, I felt WORLDS better than I did at Carlsbad. It is funny, I have been spending so much time visualizing pushing through that second mile so it was much better! Except now, the third mile was super hard. 🙂 I would really like to do more 5ks just to get myself comfortable with being uncomfortable and to keep pushing when it gets tough.

Looking back on this week, I was in stress/rush mode which made me feel more tired than usual. I think the stress of leaving school and having everything ready for a substitute wore me down. You have no idea how hard it is to get everything set up for a sub! I guess this is as good as time as any to announce that I am taking a leave of absence from teaching next year. I really want to train hard for the trials and I know that there is no way that I can give 100% to teaching and to running. It is just too much. I need to take the opportunity that I have been given and go for it. No regrets. It is tough for me to take the time I need to travel for races, and I know that there are some parents who don’t like the fact that I do travel for races, which makes me sad. I always feel like I set a good example for the kids by being healthy and following my dreams, but eh…to each his own.



  1. What a tough decision, Ari! Your heart is in the right place, you have a lot of supporters out there and you are being fair by understanding you can’t cheat your students. Good luck!

  2. Good for you for taking a leave! Focusing on your dream is exactly what you should be doing. Josh has accepted a position at the Denver Children’s Hospital, so I am also taking a leave. I am sad, but like you am taking the opportunity that is at hand. I’m excited to start a new chapter. We won’t be too far from the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, if you happen to end up there. 🙂

  3. Thanks Anna! Wow, Denver! What a great opportunity for you two! And yes, it will be a brand new, exciting chapter. I know that WTA will miss you so much! You are so wonderful and will find success wherever you go! Are you going to teach there?

  4. I’m planning on taking a year to substitute and get to know the different school districts in the area and also just get familiar with a new place. Plus, Josh and I are getting married in October in Phoenix, so I don’t want to be too stressed out.

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