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April 22, 2010


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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 🙂

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  1. I’m glad it sounds like your recovery is going decently well!

    It’s got to feel funny not training as seriously as you were just a week away…

    Continue to bask in all the glory that is the Boston marathon! You deserve it!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — April 22, 2010 @ 10:19

  2. Glad your recovery is going well! Hopefully that will continue and your shin will get better.

    I would LOVE to only have 2 weeks of class left…stupid quarter system. I’ve got class until June! Hope you have a good day!

    Comment by Nick — April 22, 2010 @ 10:55

  3. I’m glad your body is not too sore anymore!! Sorry about your left-shin! BOO!
    ❤ jess

    Comment by Jess — April 22, 2010 @ 11:05

  4. Sounds like recovery is going really well, it’s such a weird feeling post-big race to be going 100 miles an hour toward a race and then it’s just over 🙂 Sending lots of healing vibes for your shin recovery!

    Comment by hogeruns — April 22, 2010 @ 11:29

  5. Get back to work! That physics isn’t going to do itself! But seriously, I’m glad you’re able to savor your accomplishment. Hope your shin catches up to the rest of your body in the recovery process soon.

    Comment by EarlyRunner — April 22, 2010 @ 12:26

  6. Yes, it seems like 90% of my body is ready to go again a few days later, but there’s always some nagging ache that won’t go away.

    Comment by Jess — April 22, 2010 @ 14:43

  7. HEe hee, if I were you, I would be basking in the glory, too! It’s no small feat for sure…I’ll bet tons of people are looking up to you now, and getting motivated! I sure am!

    Best of luck with recovery!

    Comment by sophia — April 22, 2010 @ 16:02

  8. Actually, I’m not surprised at all that you have recovered so quickly or at least did not suffer from post-26.2, crazy pain. You trained hard and your legs are used to a big time effort.

    Comment by a marathoner — April 22, 2010 @ 17:10

  9. Aww…I would have burst into tears if there were a sign on my dorm room door. You’ve got a nice bunch of friends! And, holy crap, good luck with school winding down. It must be a relief to have Boston out of the way so you can concentrate on…the future…(it’s not that bad. I promise).

    Comment by sarah — April 22, 2010 @ 21:10

  10. Hope that shin gets better soon! Just re-read your race report – I love it!

    Comment by marathonmummy — April 23, 2010 @ 10:14

  11. Hey Runsissta!! noooo running my lil buddy! you can make it one week, and your legs will LOVE you for it!
    It sounds like they have already began to recover SO WELL post-marathon if your elliptical sessions are feeling easier now than they did before the race! (a very good sign!)…plus you are now in transition to train for our 10k or 15k race! 🙂 you do not need nearly (not even close!) the amount of weekly yardage (duh I know!) soooo no more stressing chica! time to sleeeep! and do school work! yeeahhhh only 2 more weeks!
    ~have a great friday and weekend!!!…don’t spend it all with the books! (i’ll try not to too!)

    Comment by lizzyj1305 — April 23, 2010 @ 10:39

  12. So glad that your recovery is going so well!! Isn’t having that support on campus great! It was fun when people actually know about the races or events that I had been in and when I had done something great!! I agree its a good idea for you to take the break this week! I hope it helps your shin!

    Comment by J — April 23, 2010 @ 11:33

  13. Only because you just ran a marathon will I forgive you for having fallen asleep during Lost. Maybe. 😉

    Comment by Katerina — April 23, 2010 @ 11:56

  14. I read this post in class like yesterday and have been meaning to comment. It sounds like you’re recovering great! That post marathon high must be amazing. I really hope I get to experience it some day.
    Thanks for the advice on the shins – I literally cannot walk this morning and am seriously worried. It’s not in the usual place though (lower inside of my shin on the bone), so that is what’s weird. I can’t tell if it’s bone or muscle but it feels really “deep”, so deep it’s not even sensitive to touch because I can’t reach where it hurts – this also frightens me.
    Have a great weekend and good luck with all the work!

    Comment by BostonRunner — April 23, 2010 @ 12:39

  15. How is resting going? Have you tried 20 minutes of YOGA today? That quiets my jumpy addict jones for me.

    Comment by specialkphd — April 23, 2010 @ 12:54

  16. Ohh I’m so tired I just wrote my name anc clicked submit comment… good thing wordpress didn’t publish haha

    Your uni sounds really cool 🙂 Hope the post marathon recovery keeps speedy 🙂

    Comment by Laura — April 23, 2010 @ 16:59

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