Tuesday, September 04, 2012
I'll start with the fact that I once again broke a rule and tried something new. You would think that I learned from the last time.
I've been pretty bummed about the fact that I would gain weight after each race that wouldn't go away.
So I took some advice and changed my pre-race dinner and the snacks I had in the car for afterwards.
It started out fine. My heel was still bugging me some, but it wasn't bad enough for me to bail.
There were a couple points of feeling scragged and I thought to myself "If I cut through here then I can join up with them across the way." But no, I couldn't do that.
Around mile 10 they had us walk by the finish line....keep going....and then loop back. For some that might have been a good thing, for me by that point it was not. But I kept walking....for about a 1/2 mile. I pretty much realized that I was done. Like done, done.
And after stretching some and then stopping because it made me feel a bit light-headed, I walked to the finish line. I was planning on going around since I didn't really do the whole race. But when I turned the last corner it was roped off and lined with people. At that point I was too tired and just didn't feel like explaining myself. I took the medal.
I headed towards the Naked Spa since they have a 60 degree pool that is awesome post race. I walked into the humid room with all 4 pools and 2 saunas and everything hit me. I went into the bathroom thinking I was going to be sick. I wasn't. But when I went to throw water on my face my knees decided that they were tired of holding me up.
So there I was....buck naked on the floor of a bathroom.
Not sure how long I sat there. I did have to laugh at the thought of needing to be carted away....naked and still in desperate need of a shower.
Once I got rid of the fuzziness I went straight to a shower that had a chair and cooled myself off. Drinking my G2 off and on while doing so. I immediately felt better, but stayed there for another 5 or 6 minutes.
After that and a soak in the pool I felt great. Maybe I just felt normal, but after that ickiness it felt pretty great.
Now I know that some of you will say I should have gotten help. Maybe I should have, but sitting quietly and gathering myself up without people constantly asking me questions seemed to be the best solution for me. At least that is what my brain was telling me every time I asked it how it was doing. Please note, that I didn't think I *actually* had a conversation with my brain.....
After getting home, and ignoring the advice of post race food, I was able to walk through all the things that were different this time.
Lists are being made for sure!