So let me tell you that after the half marathon on Saturday, I was sorer than I’ve EVER been after any half marathon before. I think that has a lot to do with the fact that I wasn’t well trained on the distance portion, though I definitely prepared myself for the hills.
As soon as the race was over and the adrenaline started wearing off, I headed to gear check to pick up my bag and really struggled to walk up the stairs. It hit me like a ton of bricks pretty much immediately when I stopped running, and I was SO sore and so stiff that I could barely move. I took a bunch of time to stretch, then took the metro home, then laid immobile on my couch for a few hours before going to town with my foam roller and my newest purchase, The Stick (which I love, by the way).
I headed out Saturday afternoon/evening to meet some people who were in town for the race and had a grand old time celebrating my new PR and so many bloggers invading DC (again).
Thanks for the photo, Gretchen! I’m on the left in the front row, and side note – getting in and out of that pose for the picture hurt like a b*tch.
Drinks ensued into the evening (along with a trip to Lauriol Plaza for frozen green margaritas and fajitas in the spirit of St. Patty’s day, obv) which I am sure took the edge off for the rest of the day on Saturday, but when I woke up on Sunday, I could barely get out of bed.
I took some Advil and stayed in bed for a bit longer until it kicked in, but I couldn’t believe how elderly I felt! It was unfortunate that I had no choice but to force myself up because I had to work at a conference for my day job all day on Sunday. And let me tell you – 9 hours straight on your feet the day after a half marathon is not an ideal situation, but I survived.
On Monday, I was still feeling pretty stiff and sore, but less so than Sunday, so I headed to the gym and did 40 minutes on the elliptical (intervals so I didn’t get bored). The movement really loosened me up, so much so that I even ended up cranking out 10 minutes on the stairmill for good measure before calling it a day. And I really think it did the trick, because I woke up yesterday feeling almost new.
So what next?
If I’m being totally honest, I am pretty excited that the half marathon is over. I really do love running, but sometimes when I am training for races for so long it can feel like it’s taking over my life. Running starts to feel more like a chore rather than something I’m doing because I want to, so I am looking forward to not to be on a training schedule anymore for the time being.
That said, I do still have two races coming up in the next several weeks – The Cherry Blossom 10 Miler a week from Sunday (my 3rd year in a row running it!), and then the Broad Street 10 Miler in Philadelphia at the beginning of May. Running wise, my goal is to do a longish run (6-8 miles) this coming weekend in preparation for the Cherry Blossom Run, and then try to keep running 1-2 times a week in conjunction with lots of cross and strength training.
I am excited to be able to change up my routine and get more well-rounded fitness regimen going. I was looking at the class schedule for my gym and getting giddy at the idea of getting to do whatever I want for a workout, rather than what was on my training schedule! And last night, I went outside after work and did a brisk 45 minute walk, covering 3.3 miles. The weather was incredible and it was so nice to just say, “I feel like going on a walk!” and then do it because I wanted to!