It’s been one week since I ran my first marathon.
How did it go?
Well.. a lot better than I thought, actually.
The drive home to Greensboro from Savannah on Sunday went pretty well. Since I was a passenger, I had plenty of time to massage my quads/hamstrings for the 6+ hour drive home. Thank goodness for that.
You may have seen me putting on my compression socks after the marathon..
I will swear by these as long as I run. They work.
I debated for 8 months whether or not to buy these and I wish I hadn’t waited so long. They’re amazing, and I had NO calf/shin/ankle/foot soreness after wearing these. See a scientific review here and my thoughts on these earlier in the year here. I wore the socks from 30 minutes post race – 36 hours after.
Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness set in. It was the most painful day of recovery, ever. Hands down. I walked funny, I avoided stairs, I did not bend down to pick anything up. I seeked handicap ramps into buildings on campus to avoid stairs. When I had to attempt stairs, I ended up breaking into a sweat and on the verge of tears. I think I got some pretty weird glances at work, but whatever. I ran my heart out, I’m not sorry.
I should mention that Brandon ended up with a stress fracture in his foot and came home from Savannah with a boot. This meant I would be taking the dog out, every time, up and down 36 steps. Thank goodness my mother-in-law was here Monday and Tuesday to help me with this painful task. When I did take the pup out, I took the stairs backwards. You may look crazy or like you’re 85, but it sure beats crying as you walk down a flight of stairs.
I came home from work that day and immediately foam rolled for 30+ minutes. Another invention that has boosted my quality of life during training.
More relief. I could take the stairs up, but coming down was still quite a task. I massaged my quads, foam rolled when I got home from work, but overall it was a great improvement from Monday.
Feeling more confident with stairs. Up was no problem and down was progressing towards normal.
After work, my friend Tyna met me at campus for a run. This was the first day of running for me since the marathon and is really the first advised day of running, per Hal Higdon.
We went for an easy, slow 3 mile run. My pace was near 11 minutes/mile. Holy Moley. All that damage to my muscles was showing. It felt good to get back out there though.
I had some left hamstring pain during the run and some right foot pain..
I stretched out the pain of my hamstring and kept going, but eventually I became concerned about my foot pain and called it quits at 3 miles. I was fine with that and came home to rest and ice it.
Foot pain still present, hips feeling a little out of line or something..
Same story as Thursday.
Tired of not getting any physical activity other than walking at work, I went to the gym for Spin class. It was non-impact so I didn’t have to worry about my hips or foot, I could still get a good cardio workout in, and felt semi-normal for having some kind of exercise on a Saturday morning.
I can tell I will miss my long runs if I can’t get back into them soon.
Other than that, recovery has been going well.
I’ve been adapting my eating to mimic how much exercise I’m doing. That has actually been easier than I thought it would be.
During training I was eating A. LOT. I was burning a lot of calories and therefore, had to eat more to fuel.
Now that I’m not running 25-30+ miles per week, I my appetite has markedly decreased. I’m not craving simple sugars (desserts) as much as I was (for calories) and I am relatively at a good place with calorie balance.
I am SO EXCITED to not have a plan, for once this year.
Let me remind you that 2011 started off with training for my first half marathon in April.
Training starting in late January-April.
2 months off from training, had me preparing for marathon training.
July 5, 2011 Marathon Training Began.
I have not been training for a race for a grand total of 3 out of 11 months of 2011.
I’ve made great gains this year. I’ve developed as a person. I have more self-confidence than I ever have.
To finish out 2011, I have a goal to complete at least one more race. For fun though, not to set a new PR (personal record). It could be a 5k, 10k, half marathon, whatever. I just want to do one more before 2011 wraps up.
My goal for winter is to incorporate more yoga into my weekly exercise routine. I need the flexibility and I loved it when I did it for a few weeks back in May. I felt so strong, so centered.
I just want to do what I feel like doing, in the form of exercise. If I want to do elliptical for 45 minutes, I’ll do it. If I want to take a Spin or Body Pump class, I’ll do it.
I love the holidays and I’ll still run, but I’ll do it because I love it, not as part of a plan.
I’m looking ahead to 2012 and looking at which races I’ll be participating in. A few I have in mind are: Cooper Bridge Run, Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville, The Flying Pig, The Indianapolis Mini Marathon, The Chicago Marathon and maybe the Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Half Marathon.
No matter what happens, I know I’ll be running.
Here’s to finishing goals, coming out stronger, and setting new goals to look forward to!!