THANKS SO MUCH for all your kind comments about the race pics. I figured they would be horrible with the rain and all, but they are kind of fun and my favorite ever I think. To be honest, I took a good look at these pics and barely recognize myself. I have muscles like that? My body is shaped like that? I ran a 3:28 marathon? Where did my boobs go? (Not really kidding about that one!) My confidence has grown leaps and bounds along with my strength, but I still have those moments where I forget that I am not 210lbs anymore. A friend recently told me that I had the body of a runner and truly, it was one of the best compliments I have ever gotten. Here are two more pics they added late to my race pics.
This was the one at mile 21 or so when the photographer thanked me and told me he never got smiles at mile 21. ;)
I am really happy with how great I am feeling this week running. After the weekend I will be over 55 miles this week. I did a 10 mile tempo run this morning, with a 3 mile warm up, then five miles at tempo pace. Splits were 7:44 (uphill), 7:27 (uphill), 7:10, 7:17, 7:11, then a two mile cool down. Josh ran with me for most of it. He "missed" the middle mile and a half of the tempo part. His ITB has been bugging him which stinks.
I am really lucky I am not back on the injured list. I was running on Monday morning and a car tried to run me over. I took a quick, big step to the left to avoid the car, and the curb/road was very uneven and in the dark (and with the quick step) I rolled my ankle hard. I stopped for a minute, said a swear word and limped to the curb. Honestly, if I had had a cell phone I would have called for help and I was worried I wasn't going to be able to get home. It HURT. I walked for a minute, then tried running and it felt ok, so I made it the 3 miles home. When I got home it swelled up and bruised quickly and I iced it a ton. It never hurt to walk on it but sure did look bad.
On Tuesday morning it was still puffy but didn't hurt at all so I ran on it and it didn't bug me. Noah's PT came that morning (who is a runner) and he said as long as it didn't hurt to run I could, and to keep icing it. It never did hurt to run and the swelling is gone now (although I still have some pretty purple colors). I didn't feel it one bit on my 10 mile tempo run this morning. I am SO GRATEFUL this did not end up being an injury that sidelined me.
I have felt great since the marathon though and this was my fastest recovery yet. I had very minimal soreness and muscles all feel super good. I know recovery is different for everyone, but I have found that for me, slow easy miles make me feel better faster than just pure rest does. So I run every day after a marathon, starting with 3 slow, easy miles and building up as I feel good. I leave my Garmin home for the first days and just take it easy and enjoy. I use my foam roller twice a day and do lots of easy stretching/yoga poses. I ice sore spots. I lay around as much as possible. This works for me!
Ok, I am off to go listen to my oldest daughter sing the national anthem at a volleyball tournament. Happy Friday and Happy First Day of Fall everyone!
How about you? What recovery strategies have you found to best work for you?
Are you ever surprised by what you look like or how you have changed because of running?