Yay to the Me!
I *AM* working on a race report -- yes, there WILL be a race report this time, I promise, for reals! -- but thought I should at least throw in a little something up here in the interim.
Suffice is to say . . . my first time marathon experience was just awesome! The venue was superb, I had a blast, and raced -- and finished -- with a tremendous smile on my face. What a fuckin' cool thing to do!
I finished right about where I thought I would, 5:19 officially and 5:20 by the Garmin (I whooped and hollered a bit before remembering to shut it off). I could have had a better time for sure with some more training under my belt, but my sub 5:00 will wait for another race. Oh, yes, there will be another race, definitely by the end of the year.
I woke up this morning pretty stiff, weak and fatigued, but not really in as much pain as I had feared. Lucky me, I started the day off with an hour and a half hot yoga class (trying to do some of the poses, especially those in the standing series, was really quite funny given the state of my poor legs) followed immediately (in the same studio) by a superb hour and a half massage. I can't think of a better way to spend a post-marathon day. I now feel way, way better and whilst I'm still gimping around, I just now climbed the stairs without pausing at every step, a definite improvement. At other times in my life, I have without question hurt much, much more than I do today. I think I'll be pretty much back to normal tomorrow.
Which is good, because my local running group is back in action, with the first casual 5K race slated for tomorrow. I'll be there, all ready to hobble round the course. Ha!