While running on Sunday, my legs were on fire. Not once did I feel any hip pain. At the end of the marathon, I was tired, but I don't remember thinking, wow my legs hurt. That feeling went away the second I crossed that finish line.
I crossed the finish line, stopped my Garmin, squealed when I saw my time (my finish line video shows the squeal), and stood still for the first time in 3 1/2 hours. Oh wow, did it hit me then! Last year, I remember not being able to stand up straight after the race and it hit me again this year. My lower back, my hip, the tendons behind my knees. Everything hurt, immediately! The marathon shuffle had begun.
I got my medal and hobbled for some water. I had to get to the side of the coral to try and stretch my legs. I was laughing and smiling, so the medical staff were not concerned with me. Instead, they were trying to shuffle us out of the coral.
Now, I know, if people don't move, there will be a back-up. I saw this at the Army 10 Miler in October. I crossed the finish line and stood in a hot packed coral for 20 minutes to get water. But, I needed to stretch! I don't understand why races make the finish line area so big. So the shuffle to the VIP tent had begun. I was almost out of the immediate finish line area when I asked where I could get ice. A volunteer pointed about 100 yards in the wrong direction, I told her, that wasn't happening. Luckily, someone not far heard me and pointed that the tent just around the corner had ice. Oh thank you! So, I iced up, took a few Tylenol and headed the 1/4 mile walk to the VIP tent. Erin, my savior, had claimed 2 mats and I was finally able to stretch. The 20 minutes of stretching were incredibly painful, but very helpful.
After my sister finished (in an amazing 4:35!!!) we began our walk back to the buses and then the hotel. It was slow going and my legs were not happy. I decided to soak my legs in the pool at the hotel because I couldn't quite complete my walk to my room.
Do you see that sun?!
After a 5 minute soak, I finished walking and wrapped my legs in Arctic Ease. Oh Arctic Ease, I love you. Like I have said before, Arctic Ease is awesome for icing without freezing you. I sat in the Arctic Ease for about 20 minutes and could finally move a little bit faster as my legs weren't quite as tight.
Tweeting & Absolutely Exhausted!
I have to admit, the recovery from this marathon has been the worst out of any other marathon I have run. I don't know if it is because I ran as fast as I did or if I went into the race with an injury. Whatever the case, it took me four days before I could actually roll over in bed without hurting. Two days ago, I wondered if I had totally gone backwards on all the Physical Therapy I had gone through.
I tried running on Wednesday. I ran/walked 3 miles in 40 minutes. It was terrible! I wanted to cry while I was on the treadmill. Now I wasn't going to cry because I was in pain. Running didn't hurt as much as it was frustrating. After my run, I went into the house and tried stretching my legs. I got stuck on the floor. My pubic bone/hip pain was out-of-control! I finished my stretching because I knew I needed it, took some Advil and went to bed.
Yesterday, I woke up in a little bit of pain, but it was getting better. I stretched again and took some Advil. By the end of the day, the pain was almost gone. I got on the floor and tried doing my planks with toe touches and I could do it. Sigh of relief! My hips had strength again. It wasn't easy but I completed my long workout that I got from my physical therapist followed by more stretching. I went to bed and could finally roll to my side without feeling like someone was stabbing me.
Today, I am pain-free! My girls and I had a dance party before school, dancing to my marathon playlist. I was so happy to have my legs back. BUT, I still haven't run again. Mentally, the lack of runs is killing me this week. I know I have 2 weeks before Boston training starts so I am letting my body rest.
I have had to stay off of dailymile this week. I can't see everyone running amazing miles at amazing paces. I am jealous! I want to run, but I know I shouldn't. I have been injured way too many times in the past, and I know that I will benefit more from resting than from running on broken down muscles and inflamed tendons. So I am not a runner this week. I am sitting on my couch. I will read, I will watch TV, and I will play with my kids. I will not lose speed by taking time off, I can only get stronger.
Do you have a hard time listening to your body? Do you ever get jealous of runners on Twitter, dailymile, and blogs?