Sunday, October 26, 2014

Post-Marathon Recovery

It's been over a week since I crossed the finish line of my first marathon...and I have to say...I am still riding that high. I still can't believe I did it...

I feel like the look on my face here says it all...All I was thinking when I crossed that finish line was "hell yes, I did it" 
I mean, don't get me wrong...I was pretty sure I could run 26.2 miles going into it, but I definitely still surprised myself a little at how good I felt while doing it. 

Running a marathon was something I never EVER thought I would do. Last year at this time the longest distance I had ever run at once was 7.5 miles and when thinking about my New Year's Resolution I thought I MIGHT run at least 1 half-marathon during my "Twelve in Twelve". It's amazing how my resolution evolved over the far I have run 5 half marathons and 1 full. Seriously, if you had told last year that this is where my New Year's Resolution would take me...I would have laughed in your face.

I seriously never stopped smiling during the race. Well except for the giant hill at mile 22 and 23 :)
I would say I am usually a pretty modest person...compliments and praise tend to make me uncomfortable...but for some reason when people tell me "great job" or "that's quite an accomplishment" I can hardly stop myself from saying "I know, I'm pretty awesome aren't I?" I mean...I don't actually say it...but in all honesty...I have to admit I'm thinking it :) 

Not a sub 4, but pretty darn close! Official time 4:04:24
It's just that I am so proud of myself...I'm proud of how hard I worked...I'm proud of myself for setting a goal and achieving it, but mostly I am proud of myself for enjoying the race. I had such a great time ...I have no regrets. I missed my goal (4 hours) by a couple of minutes and instead of being upset...I celebrated. I celebrated the fact that even though I didn't reach my goal...I still finished and I finished strong. No one had to push, pull, or drag me across that finish line...and as a person who is competitive and who can tend to be a little hard on myself...this is definitely something to be proud of. I haven't spent the last week dwelling on those 4 minutes. I haven't thought about what I could have done differently...because honestly, there isn't anything I could or would change about the race.

Alright, now onto my recovery. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel post-race and I was actually really surprised as to how sore my thighs were. I say surprised because after all of my longer runs 15+ I always had minimal soreness (especially after I started using my EnergyBits)

Just looking at this makes my legs ache a little :)
However, none of my training runs were quite as hilly as the marathon course...and of course the longest I had ever run was 20. The only place I was really sore was the outside of my thighs. Standing up from a sitting position, sitting down, and walking down hill or stairs was pretty rough for a few days.

I want to assure you that I do look just as good in these pants as this mannequin ;)
Luckily, I had my Bio Skin Compression Shorts to help ease the pain and speed up the recovery process. I always wear compression socks after my long runs and I always thought having a full lower body garment would be great...and guess what? It is!! I can't even begin to tell you how much better I felt when I put these shorts on. I wore them under my jeans and dress pants for 3 days and by Tuesday I had very little, if any, soreness and I was walking much better :) 

I am also following a plan suggested by my chiropractor Dr. Sindorf. I want to allow my body to recover quickly and efficiently and I know that going back out and putting in a ton of miles is not the way to do it. So this week I only ran twice. I ran 2 miles on Thursday and then 4 miles on Saturday, and I have to tell you, it is really nice to just run for fun. No goal pace, no set distance and no more of the "I have to go for a run" 

Here is the plan he suggests
I'm going to continue to take it pretty easy for the next few weeks. I am running the Longview Half Marathon on November 15th which gives me plenty of time for recovery. Now if only pizza and beer were a part of the recovery process...and if it were...I would be nailing this whole recovery thing :)

Are you tired of me talking about my marathon yet?
Will my over-inflated ego ever subside?


  1. Great job on the first marathon! I really would like to try the BioSkin shorts sometime. I'm also running Longview Half. Have a great week!

  2. Congrats... You should be proud... What a huge accomplishment!!