I can't believe that a week has already gone by since the marathon. What an experience! The day after the race I was so incredibly sore! I could barely walk and all my muscles hurt. On Tuesday my muscles felt better, but I was actually feeling nauseous. I had a hard time doing anything; all I wanted to do was lay on the couch. All day long I felt like I was going to throw up. I think it was from sheer exhaustion and my muscles releasing a bunch of lovely toxins. By Wednesday I was just about back to feeling like normal again and I went to pick up my 26.2 sticker which is now very proudly displayed on my van. My knee is still recovering (plus somehow I picked up a couple of different injuries), so I have been taking it easy this week. I have walked, but I have not been running even though I REALLY want to!
Last night my neighbors threw me a "Post Pig Party". A few of them actually came out this past Sunday to cheer me on and I cannot tell you what a wonderful surprise it was to see a bunch of my neighbors standing on the side at mile 19 with signs and screaming my name. So the party last night was MUCH appreciated and a lot of fun. I LOVE my neighbors! Here's my cake:
Back to the marathon: such a great experience! Even though it was rainy for a good portion of the race, a lot of people came out to cheer on the runners. I couldn't believe how much energy we were getting from them. Many of them were handing out snacks like oranges, candy, pretzels and banana's. A nice little treat during our run. One house was handing out shots of Jagermeister which I cannot even IMAGINE being able to enjoy during a marathon, but it was FUN. While I was training I had come to the conclusion that this was probably going to be my only marathon. The schedule is no joke and the time commitment is just to great. However, as soon as I crossed the finish line, I wanted to do it again :-)
I will leave with some things that I've learned from training and running the 2011 Flying Pig Marathon:
- I am much stronger than I thought I was.
- With proper training and a lot of hard work, I can achieve great things.
- If I truly believe in myself, there is no stopping me.
- Running is as much mental as it is physical.
- The most giving, generous and encouraging people were the people I least expected it from.
- On the flip side, some people have reacted differently than I had hoped for or expected from them. I feel like there might be some jealousy there, but it hurts a little regardless.
- My husband is my biggest supporter.