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December 13, 2010

Ibuprofen Is My Drug of Choice At The Moment

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — marathonmaiden @ 17:36

…but only because I can’t afford anything stronger 😉

Whew.  Busy weekend much? I didn’t do anything terribly exciting.  After a whirlwind weekend last weekend (which I can’t believe that it’s been a week plus since I ran my race! and wrote two recaps for — the first link is the original and the second is the splits (which I’m glad you like!) with a few pics that I put up yesterday– and I even eluded to a 3rd if I can figure out how to steal the race photos hahah) a chill weekend was just what I needed.

I could go into all the details of what I did but the non-running highlights were:

  • Going to the theater (fo’ free again) to see Vieux Carre, in 15* weather and then walking home is a very light flurry.  It was pretty and it was also fun to see the snowflakes smash themselves into the ground.  This snow was okay because it was only a dusting and definitely did not stick or accumulate.
  • Walked to downtown and around downtown for 5 hours searching for Christmas stuff in amazing 45* weather!

  • Got annoyed because I came away from that trip feeling empty handed (even though I didn’t actually)
  • Made Christmas cards while watching Sweeney Todd

I should clarify that my making Christmas cards is to buy already made ones and then draw simple pictures and write really long personal notes inside of them ( I tend to send cards to people I don’t physically see that often or on a regular basis so the notes can get long if I’m not careful).  I am no Martha Stewart, as much as I want to be.

And there was actual running.  Because, a week out of marathon racing is the time that recovery ends. Or so I used to think. I’ve found that the above statement is likely wrong in my case with this particular marathon as, I’ve said it before, this is the first marathon that I’ve really RACED HARD.  As Jess told me in one of her comments: “Unfortunately, recovery is more than just muscle soreness going away. Annoying, I know.”

thanks google images

So I’m actually happy that I’ve run less than I did the past week (and even the least amount since back in August!).  I mean, duh, I don’t really like it (not do I like the fact that my pace has taken a hit post-WR) but it’s kind of what I need to do. While the soreness of my muscles is long gone, the really intense race obviously did more physical damage than just soreness: all my tendons and ligaments and CELLS were pushed to the limit. Even if I can’t feel or see it, I need to respect it.

I still have a bit of a twinge in my pirformis/IT band/knee/ whatever the heck it is.  I probably tried to jump into running too soon in terms of days post-race.  But keeping the mileage down has been great overall. Especially mentally. Post-WR I can’t imagine how I was able to run speed work or LR or run more than 6-7 miles at a time really! Guess the effort took a lot out of me (and you can click one of those recap links to see just how hard I was running!).  But I’m slowly getting back to feeling good and taking care of myself (if I can nip this leg issue in the bud).  And at the moment that means *NOT* logging the mega miles that everyone knows me for 😉

Feeling good was the case on Saturday when I ran 9.3 in STUNNING WEATHER.  In contrast to the 10* of Friday morning it was nearly 45* when I hit the streets. I was only planning on 8 but literally ran into my running buddy on my good old pathway.  His words when he caught up to me: “I thought it was you but then I thought ‘Nah she’s running so much slower than the last time I saw her’” HAH! It was fun to tell him about WR and the more I talk about it, especially with runners who “get it” the more I feel like I own it. My pace definitely picked up a bit over the miles I ran with him but when we parted and I had to stop at a set of lights my leg tightened up a bit a I cursed my hubris for tacking on that extra mile.

Sunday and Monday brought runs that were similar in nature: waking up with no leg issue and good for the first 5-6 miles before the pirformis/IT/knee/whatever the heck it is started telling me to stop.  On Sunday it acted up at a stoplight again while trying to start back up. The only really annoying part was that it was raining by the time this happened so I really didn’t want to stop and walk.  I was a bit smarter on Monday (today) as I planned my route to end when the leg irritation starts with the option of shorter loops close to my apartment if I was feeling good.  In the end I didn’t use the extra loops.  Not because of my leg but because I told myself that to tempt fate was silly.

And ending a run without pain was more important than mileage, well minimal pain because I could feel that if I ran any further then it would be real pain. Annoying because the weather was WARM (49*) but learning curve? Yes please


I definitely bump around a lot on my running career path. Hopefully my trend is up too 🙂 Thanks google images

Plus I’ve been talking to (and trying to listen I swear!) lots of runners, smarter and more experienced than I, and the gist is to baby is:aka ice, less miles and more XT (I’m trying to “borrow” my roomie’s ID so I can get into the university gym as she’s a student), ibuprofen, rolling, stretching and a new thing: sitting on a tennis ball while at work! And I’ll trust them 🙂

Sorry to be so boring.  Major changes at work + marathon recovery = nothing exciting to write about. And running-wise it likely won’t get much more exciting as I’m facing the idea of going extra EXTRA easy with this twinge, although I’ve been talking with friends (who are runners) and I’ve been hearing some encouraging things about the future.  But, like I mentioned last week, I’m still trying to enjoy the moment right now post WR.  So I’ll let these thoughts sit on the back burner for a bit.

That said, I’m hoping to put together some funner posts for later this week (which include my “truths” that Lacey might have told you to heckle me about and maybe a recipe if I can get my act together 😉 ) as I know that on the running front what I’m going to be: short slow recovery run.  Because, well maybe I could push a little harder to make a post exciting, I don’t really want to. In all likelihood that excitement would be a trip to the ER or something!

But to give you something to listen too and bop around: this song is in my head RIGHT NOW and totally has been all weekend.  It’s one of those songs that the radio station plays non-stop (I’ll end up posting the others later this week because I’m sure they’ll be in my head!).

Check out the giveaway from 26.2 is my cooldown


  1. Be careful with too much advil! It can wreak havoc on the stomach 😉

    Comment by Matt — December 13, 2010 @ 18:14

    • Well it was ibuprofen 😉 And don’t worry this is the same regiment that my doc ended up approving last spring 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 14, 2010 @ 17:27

  2. And lots of water with the advil – it’s hard on the kidneys!

    Comment by Terri — December 13, 2010 @ 18:37

  3. Ick – hope the kinks get worked out soon, you’re way too young to be having these things!!! 🙂

    Happy Monday evening!!

    Comment by Jill — December 13, 2010 @ 20:16

  4. Sounds like you’ve got some major recovering still to do and that you are trying to be smart about it! Too bad the body doesn’t just magically reset seven days after a ~26 minute PR marathon, huh? But the sooner you give yourself a real, honest and true chance to recover, the sooner you’ll be back at it. I’m committing to a week of preventative XT. Hopefully no doctor visits will be necessary for either of us. 🙂

    Comment by sweatykid — December 13, 2010 @ 21:06

    • I wish my body was magic like that! Fingers crossed to us both for no docs 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 14, 2010 @ 17:28

  5. I’m still banging out the christmas cards. THey used to be pretty long. But as my list of people grew, the notes inside shortened… lame, I know…

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — December 13, 2010 @ 21:12

  6. You know what? I think it’s awesome that you don’t want to go out and run more than 6-7 right now. Because that really means that you gave it your all out there in Dallas. Your body wants rest, and it sounds like mentally, you’re right there too. Enjoy it. You’ve definitely earned it.

    Also, Christmas cards? I’m 30 and still don’t feel grown-up enough to send them out. So cheers to you! 🙂

    Comment by shelby — December 13, 2010 @ 22:21

    • I LOVE writing Christmas cards because I get to play adult. Weird because I am an adult but I still feel like I’m playing one 😉

      And I’m glad that you think its good for my mentality to be “no more than 6 miles” hahah. It’s very reassuring that I put it all out there

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 14, 2010 @ 17:29

  7. 15 degree weather? Seriously?

    And I agree with Shelby – Christmas cards don’t exactly top my priority list so you pretty much rock.

    Comment by Ameena — December 13, 2010 @ 22:29

    • The weather’s been so crazy! 15* one day then 45* the next. Boooooo. And see my above comment to Shelby about the Christmas cards. I get to pretend I’m an adult. Because I’m still not accepting it 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 14, 2010 @ 17:31

  8. I’d take some of that warm if I could. It’s -19 with the windchill right now. Glad to hear you are being smart about your recovery. You did push it to the limit and your body needs a mini vacation, even if your mind doesn’t. Your mind is like, let’s do some running, and your body is like “Find me a hammock in the Bahamas!”

    Comment by Chelsea — December 14, 2010 @ 06:41

  9. I’m glad you’re chilling out to. And really, if you can’t relax, take a few days off and chill out after a marathon, then when can you? It’s a perfect excuse 🙂

    Comment by mealsformiles — December 14, 2010 @ 07:49

  10. Be careful girl!! You just ran a marathon…mileage can wait:) Good call on the Christmas cards!

    Comment by janae — December 14, 2010 @ 11:14

  11. I ordered my Christmas cards online with a picture of me and Brian on it. They said it wont get here till Dec. 23rd. Guess I will be sending those out after Christmas lol!

    Comment by J — December 14, 2010 @ 13:40

  12. […] yes I know that ibuprofen, while my drug, isn’t good to take long term and I’ve actually stopped taking it because I’m not […]

    Pingback by MM’s Whole Truth « MarathonMaiden's Blog — December 14, 2010 @ 14:28

  13. Umm. You work in a hospital environment. You know what they have there? Drugs. Call the local Dr. House and get him to hook you up 😉

    Or find some college kids. They almost always have vicodin.


    Comment by Lindsay — December 14, 2010 @ 16:34

  14. Ok so my phone decided I was done typing and ready to publish that comment.

    Why don’t you more actively work on the doctor hunt in your down time? That would make for some interesting stories… 🙂

    Comment by Lindsay — December 14, 2010 @ 16:36

    • Bahahah! Unfortunately the doctors are all volunteers so they have morals 😉 And I should blog about my doctor hunt. Although I’m so NOT batting 1000 in that department hahah.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 14, 2010 @ 17:42

  15. As a student interested in medicine, have you looked at medical research on the impact of a marathon on the body? Very interesting stuff: neither “good” or “bad” (remember, thinking makes it so) and the wholistic approach of a marathon: social health (how many times has K run instead of socializing?) physical, spiritual, emotional…
    But what does research say about impact to physical health? chemistry speaking as well.

    Comment by specialkphd — December 16, 2010 @ 12:59

    • I’ve looked at some, but not all, of it and sadly not in much detail. It’s one of those things that during college I kept saying that I would look into but never had the time. If you have any links or articles to share I’d totally love to read them! P.S. I haven’t forgotten about your CD! Hopefully, with the christmas mail traffic, it’ll get to you next week 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 19, 2010 @ 19:16

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