Checking in, post-marathon

Thursday, November 03, 2011

First of all, THANK YOU for all of the congrats and well wishes! It's 4 days after the race, and I still cannot believe it's come and gone! The other thing that's a little mind-boggling is that I feel pretty normal. I had a massage scheduled shortly after I got home on Monday, and I've been putting in alot of walking miles since the race, including the evening after. That, plus copious stretching and Vitamin I (ibuprofen) here and there... I feel totally fine!

My walking buddy and I took a light jog around the lake yesterday afternoon, and I was amazed that it felt ok. I don't know if this is normal, or if there are some sneaking aches or weaknesses just waiting to rear their heads! Just to be safe, I'm sticking with walking and yoga this week, and might do a nice trail run this weekend.

After that, I think I'm going to swing back into a normalish routine next week. Strength training and running some lower mileage (I think I can dial back the 20 milers). I've got an 8k Turkey Trot on TG, and the Hot Chocolate 15K back in DC on Dec 3. I'm also considering an easy 5K with my kiddo on the 19th, but we'll see... do I really need 3 more races on back to back weekends?

I already have my 1/2 marathon spring schedule laid out. My goals for next year are:
- get my Half Fanatics membership
- break 2 hours for a 1/2 marathon
- do at least one adventure race (Muddy Buddy, Warrior Dash, something like that)
- I'd also really like to do another marathon for my 40th birthday.. kind of a fun way to say "suck it, 40!". Problem is, that's in December, and I don't know of many cool marathons in Dec. In face, ANY marathon is going to be hard-pressed to top the MCM, sooo.... who knows.

And that, as they say, is that! If you're heading into a race in the next few weeks, good luck! If you're winding down for the season, take care of yourself!
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    Wooo.. I looked at Vegas, and there is a 4:30 time limit. Unless I get smokin' fast in a year's time, that might not be an option for me... but that's what training is for, right?!
    Looks like there's a Miami Beach R&R as well, although it's only a half (nothing wrong with half marathons, just looking for a little more bang for my bday!).
    Plenty of time to decide!
    2421 days ago
    Sounds like you're having a good recovery. My goal for next year is to break 2 hours as well - it's a bit of a stretch for me but that's what goals are about.

    I assume there will be another Las Vegas Rock n Roll marathon in 2012 - that seems like a nice one to ring in another decade!
    2421 days ago
    Sounds like a great running year to come for you!! emoticon
    2421 days ago
    I had to laugh, because I was doing the same thing, working on my running schedule, its hard to beat MCM. The Flying Pig in Cincinnati, it is as big as MCM, but the course it harder because of the hills. (Its in the May)
    I did the 1/2 there this year, next year going all the way!
    Yes it normal, to feel like running after full marathon, your body will let you know if there is issue.
    (I'm just going to settle in with some 1/2 and 10K until Spring)

    2421 days ago
    oooo... Honolulu is tempting, but probably a bit pricey for me!

    Ya know, I have a good friend who did Disney, and I was very surprised to hear that she didn't like it that much. They closed down most of the highways around the park for the run, but those are really the only way for most people to GET to the park area, so the spectators couldn't get close enough to cheer on their runners. Maybe someone had a different experience? She also said it was alot of flat highway running, not as much park as you might think. I keep seeing it listed as one of the top 10 marathons for first-timers, though, so maybe she got a bad year or something...

    Wow, I didn't realize KI was 2 loops, that WOULD be tough!

    Vegas sounds fun.. might have to think about that one! ;-)
    2422 days ago
    How about the Las Vegas Rock n Roll Half Marathon (Dec 4 - sponsored by Zappos)? It's mostly flat and along the "Glitter Gulch".
    2422 days ago
  • VAS117
    I haven't gotten to read all of your posts about the MCM, but looking forward to! I'm glad to hear you're recovering well - that must mean that you trained well and raced smart. :)

    How about Disney? I've heard that one is fantastic. It's at the beginning of January (not December), but that's close enough, right?

    Or I've heard that Kiawah, SC is good (but the marathon is mentally challenging because it's two loops of 13.1) or you could go to Honolulu, HI for your 40th! Those are both in December.
    2422 days ago
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