Warning: this post started out all concise but became a bit rambling. I blame it on my dreading to do the mountain of work in front of me haha.
I still haven’t changed the “D-Day counter” on my phone screen yet. I initially set it about 100 days out from Boston and it said “Boston : ) D-X” just as a nice reminder that, you know, I was running a marathon in X days.
Now it says “Boston : ) D+X” as a nice reminder that, you know, I ran a marathon X days ago.
And I’m still so on cloud nine. And a HUGE thanks to all the continued support I’ve gotten from you guys. I have just been blown away by all your words. Knowing that I’m part of such a great community really makes me smile and feel all warm and fuzzy.
Also a warm and fuzzy feeling? All the support I’ve gotten on campus. I was totally blown away from that too. I really didn’t advertise that I was running Boston to many people. I wasn’t secretive about it or anything and if someone asked me about it I readily talked about it. But I didn’t shout from the rooftops or anything. Granted it’s hard to not notice someone who is always running, especially on a campus as small as mine.
I was totally surprised how many people– people that I know well, duh, I was kind of expecting them to track me or look me up as well as people that I don’t know well — already knew about it and were asking me how I did. Of course the fact that I am still wearing my jacket alerts them to it. But the fact that a lot of them actually followed me on race day, and even tried to find my name in the paper on Tuesday, just was awesome. And one of my friends decorated my door with a HUGE congrats poster which made me well up a bit when I got back to campus.
Since the race ended I’ve just been basking in the glory. I’ve been in such a great mood and smiling to myself a lot. I doubt this feeling will fade anytime soon. Or at least I hope to hell not. And when people ask how I did I launch into everything and I’m sure they regret even opening their mouths haha!
The natural question you guys might have is “how are you physically feeling?” (the next one might be “what’s next?” and I’m trying to come up with that. But right now? Basking for a good long while 8) ). Honestly? Not too bad. Post-Providence last year I didn’t feel banged up AT ALL. No soreness and I was able to run some miles the next day.
This time around I’m sore but I can do stairs, sit down normally etc. Here’s the breakdown by day
Monday was tough in general, once my body stopped moving to sit (or even stand still) the leg-os wanted to cramp up. Going down stairs was tough, I keep remembering with a laugh how my mom had to support 90% of my body going on to the T 🙂 And that night I couldn’t sleep a wink. And it’s not because of excitement or anything. My legs just didn’t want to be motionless. So I laid in bed really really wanting to nod off but couldn’t. Typical of any type of hard effort but annoying.
Also annoying that night? That I couldn’t regulate my body temperature so I went from soaking my sheets in sweat to cold and clammy. Again to be semi-expected after such a hard effort.
Tuesday wasn’t as bad as Monday at all. My hips, IT band, calves and hammys were a bit sore and tight. But I could walk down stairs normally and even attempt to lower myself to sit without pain. The legs still didn’t really like to sit still all that much and the drive back to campus was rough when I got out of the car. In terms of sleep, I slept decently that night. I even nodded off during a commercial break of LOST. I never do that kind of stuff in general, let alone during LOST.
Wednesday and the soreness was disappearing. I had PT that day and we didn’t do any of the exercises. Because, while the rest of my body was only semi-sore, my shins? Well they are wicked tight. Like beyond wicked tight. Especially my left one, which is the one that was giving me trouble lately. Some self-massage has helped and I had PT on Wednesday and all we did was stretch, massage, ice and stim. I think that I’m going to keep going to PT next week and then stop. I have enough exercises to do on my own and I’m obviously not going to be running the volume that I have been.
Thursday rolls around and the only thing that is tight is that damn left shin. Everything else feels good to go. I guess I did something right with my training and recovery though as I can walk without limping and can carry out my life normally. If you’d look at me, you wouldn’t guess that I just ran 26.2 miles at a PR pace on Monday.
Sleep sure does feel amazing too. I’ve been crashing hard (aside from Monday). Annoying because I have to play major catch up with work and I can’t really afford to sleep right now. But the body wants what the body wants. And it also wants food. My appetite is still in full force.
And the plan for this week is no running at all. Granted I’m sure many of you would think that wanting to run after a marathon is crazy talk. But I know that my body will likely be ready within 3-4 days post-race to run. But since I am SO incredibly overtrained my doctor has advised me to not run for at least a week. We’re going to reevaluate after this weekend. Kind of a bummer because the weather has been gorgeous this week.
I can, however, do some XT-ing in order to keep the blood moving post-race and fight off excess soreness. On Wednesday I did a short elliptical session. I didn’t really change much in the elliptical routine (same level/resistance) but it felt so much easier than that type of session did pre-race. Interesting. I’m not quite sure why but I didn’t feel like I was pushing that hard at all and I easily was going faster. Don’t worry though, I kept checking my HR and it wasn’t elevated too much (~60% max). Same thing with this morning (Thursday) too. Not that I’m complaining. Guess I’m recovering nicely 🙂
I figure I’ll keep doing these types of sessions throughout the week and weekend, adjusting my effort as I see fit. I want to get in a spin session at some point but I think that, even though my cardiovascular system doesn’t feel strained right now, the smart thing to do is hold off on spin because that gets my heart pumping.
So I’m going to be pretty boring this week. At least in the running/working out department. After taking a 4 day weekend I’ve got plenty to do in the work side of my life. Gotta get cracking on it though because I was informed the other day that after this week there are only 2 more weeks of classes. Eeeeeek! And I’ve had no desire to do work. I had an exam Wednesday morning but I just couldn’t bring myself to study. So I didn’t. I don’t think it went too badly though.
So I’m off to try and play catch up with life. Hope everyone enjoys the day! Aside from my mountain of work I plan on trying to get outside. It’s really pretty out and Earth day after all 🙂