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Marine Corps Marathon Recovery

Yesterday I ran a marathon and I can’t even believe it. I’m definitely experiencing the feeling that you get when there’s a huge build up to something and then it’s just over.

After posting my marathon recap we went out for dinner. Unfortunately, there were only chain restaurants around our hotel and we headed out so late that we couldn’t take the Metro to a more happening area. We ended up splurging a bit and going to Ruth’s Chris. It was located on the 11th floor of an office building and had beautiful views of the Potomac and the Capitol.

My marathon recovery dinner included red wine, a delicious salad with lots of goat cheese, crab cakes, creamed spinach and an extremely chocolatey dessert. After dinner, all the adrenaline from my big day finally ran out and I crashed hard. I had that post race sleep where you wake up when you roll over because random things on your body hurt. I still managed a blissful nine hours!

Now, let’s get into a section of this blog post that I would like to call “Yesterday v. Today.”

YESTERDAY, I crossed the finish line and immediately told Brandon and my parents that I was never running another marathon. EVER.
TODAY, the agony of miles 20-24 is already becoming a distant memory and I’m rethinking my declaration. Although I have no idea if I really will run another marathon any time soon because they are so time consuming and hard on my body. I will say though that I am excited to take a couple of weeks off of running and then get back in the saddle and use my marathon running fitness to attempt a new half-marathon PR at Thunder Road in December.

YESTERDAY, I was on cloud nine and so happy to be done with the marathon and feeling good.
TODAY, I’m experiencing the post-marathon blues and yesterday seems like such a blur. I was definitely not present or in the moment for a lot of the race. I was SO focused on the task at hand that I didn’t take in my surroundings. This really hit home when I realized that I didn’t even see the Iwo Jima Memorial at the finish line.

YESTERDAY, I felt like I gave it my all.
TODAY, I keep questioning myself and wondering if I could have pushed harder and finished stronger. I’ve had this conversation with a few people today but it’s crazy how disillusioned we can become about marathons. I ran 26.2 (well, really 26.64) miles yesterday and set a 25 minute PR. THAT IS AWESOME. Why am I giving myself such a hard time?

YESTERDAY, I couldn’t believe how great I felt post-marathon compared to my first marathon.
TODAY, I still feel pretty great overall with minimal soreness in my calves and left knee. I am SO pleased with my recovery!

We met Emily and Casey for lunch today before leaving DC. They live in Old Town Alexandria and it was so cute. I was totally impressed by the neighborhood and can see why they love living there.

Lunch was full of catching up and falafel!

I had a vegetarian combo platter with falafel, stuffed grape leaves and baba ganoush. Also, lots of pita bread.

We got on the road around 1:30 and let me just state for the record that a seven hour road trip is NOT FUN after running a marathon.

This helped.

Reeses Cup Blizzard. YES.

We arrived in Charlotte around 8 p.m and had nothing on hand for dinner. I couldn’t face going out again so we made a quick stop at the grocery and had a late, simple dinner.

Organic barbecue chicken breasts (protein = muscle recovery), Annie’s Organic Shells and Cheese and roasted broccoli.

We built our first fire tonight since moving into this house and it’s been so relaxing to just chill in front of the fire. I’m trying to get my game face on to tackle this short week – it’s going to be  tough one.

And just a side note, it was so wonderful to see Sullie tonight. I missed the furry one so much and she was SO excited to see us. Warm fuzzies walking through the door and having her greet us! 😀

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  • Graham November 2, 2010, 10:37 am

    Well done, Jen!

    • Jen November 5, 2010, 11:09 pm

      Thanks, Graham! Miss y’all – would love to get down there to see you SOON!

  • Becky November 2, 2010, 4:05 pm

    I had similar post-marathon feelings. That distance really has a way of messing with our heads! You were awesome on Sunday. Enjoy some well-deserved rest. That fire looks so cozy.

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) November 2, 2010, 6:46 pm

    I remember waking up in pain the following nights after my marathon, too!

    That fire looks so warm and cozy right now! (We got snow last night here in Alaska.:( )

    • Jen November 4, 2010, 5:17 pm

      Michelle – wow! I can’t believe you already have snow. I have lived in the South my whole life and snow is a huge event here. It amazes me that snow is such a normal thing for a lot of people. 😉 Thanks for the comment!

  • Rebecca November 2, 2010, 7:12 pm

    Congratulations on your marathon time, you should be really proud of yourself.

    • Jen November 4, 2010, 5:12 pm

      Thank you so much, Rebecca. I definitely am happy!!!!!!

  • Jen November 3, 2010, 10:03 pm

    I love the yesterday vs. today comparison. It is SO true. I vowed after crossing the finish line that I’d never run another one. And an hour later I was eager for my next chance 🙂
    Happy recovering!

  • Jen November 24, 2010, 3:18 pm

    Congrats on your finish time! I ran MCM too (my second marathon) and really enjoyed reading your posts about the day…and your blog overall. I finished much slower (4:49) but your recap summarizes a lot of what I was thinking during the race. For the last few miles I thought that I would never do it again and then shortly after finishing I was talking about spring marathon options. I am signed up for the National Marathon and am anxious to start training again. Good luck at your half coming up!

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