hey guess what? i’m a marathoner

I conquered this beast!

I was so happy to get back to union square and proud that I had run this sucker!

After we got back to Union Square, D and I decided we were definitely hungry and my need for coffee was fierce.  We had stopped by the store Lush, on the first day and they had told us if we came back after the race we could get free foot treatments.  Since it was on our way to the mall (where there was an “internationally renowned food court”, yep, kinda weird and very good!), we stopped in and guess what?  NO line!

The foot treatments were the bomb.  It wasn’t just a massage but the oils and clay they used really refreshed our feet.  D and I then each got thin crust pizza from the this nifty little Italian place to go and I picked up this celebratory cupcake

it was a caramel chocolate cheesecake flavor – worth every calorie!

D and I decided we were exhausted and not interested in going out on the town.  To be honest, I was tightening up, needed a shower and wanted to sit.  A lot.  After eating and catching up on facebook (my awesome fans!) I decided I should probably shower the stink off of myself.  That’s when I saw this (umm it’s kind of nasty, be prepared!)

I tried lightening up the colors a bit so it didn’t look quite as much like a crime scene…

NOOOO!!  I used non-chafing stuff!  Why?!  This is the worst I’ve had it.  In fact, even after 4 days, it hurt and I’ve had to put cream on it.  Wednesday, it was still bleeding.  The weird part is, I didn’t feel it happening.  I’ve e-mailed Moving Comfort to ask them for their help and I’m on the look out for some different body glide stuff.  It’s just too painful!

D had a super early flight but I had until the evening before I flew out.  After checking out, I walked to get coffee and just sat there for a while.  I was sore.  The night before I walked across the room and D laughed at me!  I’m pretty sure I waddled!  Then I decided I wanted to find Trader Joe’s.  This ended up being about a 4 mile hike since I got lost, was harassed by some homeless people and was really losing steam.  It was a bit of a mistake but I found TJ’s and picked up some lunch.  I wanted to go home by now.  I was dehydrated, tired and feeling oddly emotional.

it’s my car’s grandpa! I saw this on the way to tj’s and had to snag a pic!

I was able to meet up with an old friend from high school, which was great!  We had a couple of drinks at the airport and then I got the run around from United – boo, almost missed my flight and had to hoof it to the gate.  By now, my legs were trashed again!  The overnight flight was a bit miserable.

I must say, a red-eye was a bad combo with a marathon!  I’ve been exhausted ever since and had a migraine all of Wednesday/Thursday.  I’m sure it was the lack of sleep, dehydration and what I put my body through.  I ballooned up by 7 lbs in water weight!  I lost 5 of it so far, thankfully.  My ankles and feet looked like a busted can of biscuits!  *Marathon lesson #1: drink LOTS of water the day after the race as well!

Now that I am a few days out, it still seems unreal.  My legs are feeling a lot better and if I could wear a sports bra I would give running a shot.  Considering my poor chest, I think a few more days of not running is a better idea.  I do plan on hitting the pool.  I’ve already started to think about the Disney World marathon.  I think Crossfit was a great training tool for me, however, the time commitment necessary was too much with my current job responsibilities.  I’ve already started reading, Run Less Run Faster.  I have sub-5 dreams/goals to achieve and think this book will help.  One thing I do appreciate about my personality is I don’t mind changing training techniques up to fit my lifestyle and this seems to fit a little better with where I am at.  Not to mention, people who have used this report 20 min PR’s!  I’ll talk more about my impending marathon #2 goals soon but I’m still working them out in my mind.

Well, that’s about it.  I know this isn’t the last you will hear of my 26.2 since I’m still processing my experience.  I can’t figure out how to use some of the brightroom pics but I’ll be buying one or two and then I’ll post those too :)  Thanks for reading!

as the queen of excuses, this was a powerful message for me!

3 thoughts on “hey guess what? i’m a marathoner

  1. Or you could be like me and drink TOO much water the day before a marathon. I over hydrated myself before CIM and it wasn’t good. :/
    I am glad that you are feeling better now. I was always feel icky at least the next day and sometimes two days after a marathon. Not sure why, but I am glad that I am not the only person.
    Can’t wait to see more of your race pictures!

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