It has been great to be home and this morning I am feeling pretty caught up on laundry, mail, work, and life in general.
I have been taking my recovery seriously as I can feel that my body is tired. Running in those conditions definitely took a lot out of me. My legs feel pretty good though. I am trying to find time during the day to rest more than usual, am eating good foods (besides one post-marathon meal, I don't really like to eat any differently after a marathon than I usually do), and am doing lots of stretching, using my "stick", etc. Josh gave my legs a great rub down last night too which was amazing.
I have been running every day but am keeping the mileage short and very slow paced. This morning I got to run with my friend/neighbor Jenny which was super fun, and I am hoping we'll be doing that more often. I have played around with different recovery strategies and for me, running slow and easy leaves me feeling better (and I recover faster) than taking time completely off. This morning I could even feel a little zip coming back to my legs, although I won't be testing that out for a while yet.
Two links for you -
- For those that wanted to see the Runner's World article online, they just let me know that it is available online and sent me the link. It doesn't have all the pictures, but you can see the story here.
- For those that want to see me looking incredibly hot and tired, you can see my Boston race pictures here. I won't be spending the $85 to order them and Brightroom threatened to take "legal action against me" when I posted proofs on my blog after Disney so I won't be posting proofs on my blog anymore (even though Brightroom was NOT the photographer for Boston). So if you want to see my race pics, you can follow that link. Most of the pics are from late in the race (at least after mile 16) because I don't have my hand-held bottle anymore. The two where my hands are up and I am smiling must be when I saw a friend or my Dad. :)
Now for a little fun. (And please note that I do write this with a smile on my face and all in good fun. As I said, the spectators in Boston were OVER THE TOP amazing and truly were lifesavers on Monday. I am forever grateful to the wonderful people who lined the course and supported us runners).
I was chatting with my Dad after the Boston Marathon and we decided that there are definitely some things that race spectators need to NOT say to marathoners. We also both agreed that many race spectators cheering on runners will LIE TO YOU.
If you go to spectate a marathon, here are some things to never say to or yell at (even in the spirit of "cheering") to a marathoner.
- You are almost there! Unless the finish line is in sight and you are in the final mile, DO NOT tell a marathoner that they are "almost there". I had a guy yell that at me with over EIGHT miles to go. When you have run 18 miles and have over 8 miles to go, you are not almost there. I had someone yell that at mile 23, and in that heat and with the way my body felt, three miles was still a looooooong way. If you know me, you know I am probably the least violent person that God has ever put on this earth, but I really wanted to punch that guy. (The heat makes me cranky). :)
When I ran the Salt Lake City Marathon last year there was a guy with a sign at mile 2 that said, "You are so NOT almost there". At least he was being honest. And it was early enough on in the race that we all still had a sense of humor. :)
- It is all downhill from here! At the top of Heartbreak, everyone was yelling that it was "all downhill" now. They lied! Not even a mile later there was another (small) uphill and there were several more along the way. There were no more big uphills and it was mostly downhill, but it definitely wasn't ALL downhill. One lady running near me even yelled out in despair when we were approaching a small climb, "They said it was all downhill to the finish!" Josh worked an aid station once at a 25k trail race and was at the top of a four mile downhill stretch to the finish. Even though it was downhill it was one of the toughest stretches because everyone's legs were tired and the downhill was difficult. When he ran it the next year he hated himself for telling people it was "all downhill" the year before.
- Run faster! It's a race. It's a long race. You have to figure that most runners are out there giving it their all, and running as fast as they can/should. It's not like we are going to say, "Oh!! I should run faster? Ok! I hadn't thought of that." :) I especially loved the guy who was yelling this while sitting in a chair, drinking a cold beer.
My favorite cheers were the ones that said things like, "You look great!" "Good form!" "Keep it up!" "You got this!" "Go Brooks!" "Go #11697!" Those helped a lot. And of course the cheers from people you know are THE BEST.
How about you? What are things you think should be added to the list to never yell at a marathoner? What kind of cheers do you like to hear when you are racing?