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December 8, 2010

I’m Looking Like A Star. You Can’t Stop My Shine

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:18

Wow.  Just wow.  I am in love with the outpouring of love from y’all on my Dallas WR Marathon race report (ummmm yes shameless plug but it’s my blog and I do what I want 😉 ).  You guys seem just as excited as me. And I love that and the running/blogging community. ❤

I was going to do a “now what?” kind of post because I’m sure that it’s on your minds.  And it’s been in the back of my head too.  But I’m not allowing those thoughts to come to the front.  I never take the time to live in the moment. I’m always chasing the next thing and not enjoying what I’ve just done. So I can feel them tickling my brain but I’m not focusing on them.

You might ask yourself why.  And it’s because I just had a kick ass year.  I smashed my previous PRs in every race (all of which were done post-Labor Day).  And every race I ran was a PR going through the year month-by-month.  Capped off with the aforementioned race on Sunday.  Obviously everyone knows the next big race I’m doing is Boston (or at least committed to doing because I’m already registered) but goals? training? things I want to accomplish?

I have idea but I’ll think about them later because right now it’s time to revel and relax and act like the star that I’m going to be until this feeling wears off

Dedicated to the 96% of the men I finished in front of 8)

Needless to say I’m recovering now and not training at the moment so I guess this post will be how I’m reacting post-race. Mostly physically because, like I said, I’m still grappling mentally with how well I ran and am still basking in the post-amazing-race glow. And this may get lengthy because I want to do it all in one shot of a post.

On Tuesday I went out for what my dear friend tbm calls a “systems check” run.  Kind of a way to see what is true pain and what is just hey-I-dominated pain. It went well.  Quad and groin and hips soreness for sure but no pain or anything like that.  AKA I’m not injured.

I did the same Wednesday morning and actually ran the exact same route in the exact same time.  In the exact same temperature and wore pretty much the exact same outfit: shorts and a long sleeve.  I did break out the heavy duty gloves because it was ~24* and I figure that it’s December and, while the temps will likely keep dropping until Spring, I can give my hands a break here and not give them frostbite.

While I have been giving my hands a break the past few days, I haven’t for my legs/feet. And no, I’m not talking about the running. I may or may not have been wearing my heels this week.  In all honestly my FEET do not hurt.  I got ZERO blisters this race.  I’m crediting the fact that I took the podiatrist’s advice and bought the “silly” socks (and by silly I mean expensive polypropylene socks) and wore them during the race.  My feet feel amazing, although when my favorite podiatrist comes in next week I’m going to see him again. And I figure I can walk in my heels with no pain so why not? I mean, I work with cute medical students and doctors 😉

So my feet feel good.  And my muscles are sore.  Go figure right? I just ran a marathon.  But my pride refuses to let me take the elevator or walk down the stairs backwards.  While I said in my RR that I felt more sore post-Boston I have to amend that and say POST-RACE I was more sore at Boston but I’m feeling more sore in the days that follow now.  I mean, I can hobble down the stairs and not be cussing, but it isn’t fun.

Not my friend. (although bonus points if someone recognizes the pic)

Those stairs are in contrast to my new best friend which has been beer. Obviously I haven’t been drinking like a fish over these past few days but I have been enjoying a beer post-work. And on an alcohol related note: I did have a margarita while in Texas.  When in Rome, no? Immediately regretted it as my big margarita night is still too fresh hahah.

Also not fun is how famished I’ve been post-race.  Like, I know I ran 26.2 miles so, duh, I should be hungrier but I’ve NEVER had this extreme amount of hunger post-any race I’ve done.  Since I crossed that finish line I feel like I’ve been a bottomless pit.Not that I’m truly complaining (although my food bill certainly is) but it’s not fun being hungry All. The. Time.

My sleeping post-WR has been erratic.  I didn’t really sleep well on Sunday or Monday nights.  Not because of anything specific but rather that my body just wasn’t tired or sleepy.  I did get lots of time just laying around and keeping off my feet but actual sleep eluded me. Tuesday night it was a different story and I slept HARD.  I was groggy when my alarm jarred me out of bed.  It’s been awhile since my alarm has woken me up on a day I get to go into work late and I really can’t say that I enjoy it.  I’m hoping for more deep sleep the rest of the week and headed into the weekend.

So I think that wraps up today’s post? Oops to the length, I figured that since I’m out of training right now it’d be brief.

In short: I think I’m recovering fine from WR.  Granted this is the first marathon that I’ve actually felt the need to recover from even though I don’t really know how to do this hahah. My first was a pretty easy effort and for my second I was injured, so I was recovering from that and not really the race itself.  We’ll see how the rest of the week goes and, once I’m off the high that is post-WR, I’ll start to let those “what next” thoughts take form.

Oh yeah, this is my 500th post. Crazy 8)

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  1. Great – very happy to hear that you’re holding up and relatively pain free – congrats on your 500th post, amazing!

    BTW, thanks for the video the other day, downloaded that song and it makes me laugh when I’m running/winning.

    Comment by jen — December 8, 2010 @ 16:36


    I like your attitude — live it up and soak it in for as long as you can stand to. You have a gigantic performance breakthrough to get your head around, and it’s important to respect that and revel in it before the next plans can be effectively laid and conquered. Freakin’ rockstar status.

    Comment by sweatykid — December 8, 2010 @ 16:44

  3. I haven’t run yet (but I swam last night to get some blood flowing), waiting til tomorrow. But it’s kind of funny, every day by midday I feel OK, but I keep waking up in the middle of the night hungry and with uncomfortable legs! Obviously lots is repair is taking place while I sleep.

    Comment by kristinschleicher — December 8, 2010 @ 16:59

  4. kind of looks like the titanic stairs ?

    Comment by larissa h — December 8, 2010 @ 17:19

  5. Keep up the recovery and hope the snow isn’t getting to you yet! We are still getting snow here and its supposed to be in the low teens tonight in temps. Ugg. I can handle snow, i cannot handle the cold cold temps!

    Comment by J — December 8, 2010 @ 17:21

    • I’m the opposite: I can handle the cold but not the snow. So I guess I’m lucky here hahah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 10, 2010 @ 16:55

  6. You are a machine. I bet you still have an adrenaline rush from the great showing and that’s what is affecting your sleep. You need to find some smaller local marathons and crush out the competition… I see age group winner and possibly top 3 overall in your future if you choose wisely… you are one speedy BAMF! (I wish I had known how speedy and I would’ve told my dad to get a shot of you!)

    Comment by Lesley @ — December 8, 2010 @ 18:00

  7. Definitely Titanic stairs!

    Comment by Detroit Runner — December 8, 2010 @ 19:54

  8. I think part of your recovery should include baking.

    Just sayin’. 🙂

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — December 8, 2010 @ 20:18

  9. you have every right to be enjoying your most recent victory and great accomplishment.

    Comment by run4may — December 8, 2010 @ 22:31

  10. I had to laugh when you mentioned your food bill going up ’cause of the marathon.. I always think if I didn’t exercise my food bill would be so much cheaper.. but it doesn’t put me off 😉

    Comment by laura @ box run eat — December 9, 2010 @ 05:02

  11. You should totally bask in the glory of your most awesome accomplishment!! 🙂 I can’t believe you’re in shorts in 23 degree weather – it’s that cold here right now and I layer up in tights and pants and two shirts and gloves and a hat and a neck gaiter – and I’m still cold! Of course, if it’s less than 85 degrees outside, I am pretty much cold, so that’s not saying much.

    Comment by Terri — December 9, 2010 @ 08:40

  12. […] I said the run was okay.  I’m keeping with my theme of basking in the glow and going easy. I got tired by the end but that’s sort of to be expected because today’s run was a bit […]

    Pingback by Chilllllllllli « MarathonMaiden's Blog — December 9, 2010 @ 14:12

  13. I am with Ameena….Part of the Special K therapy is baking….and soup making. Or finding ways to motivate others to bring you grapes and fake butter and crackers on a platter. What a lovely goal in the future, heh?

    No, wait I’ve got it: INTERNATIONAL marathon. Berlin is 7 hours from me, but I would totally cheer you on if you went there! Or Paris? It’s 2 by train!

    Comment by specialkphd — December 10, 2010 @ 00:45

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