September 19, 2010 by
Part of the fun of training for a marathon is that I never quite know how I’m going to feel the morning after a long run.
Last week’s 15 miler left me feeling pretty stiff and sore. I attribute this to two things: old shoes and no ice bath. (Okay, and the fact that it was my first long run in over a month.) All day I felt like my hips were on fire, and walking hurt like crazy!
Yesterday afternoon, after my 20 miler, I was feeling, well, like I’d run 20 miles. (Tired, hungry, a bit delirious.) My body felt tired, but not really sore. Oddly enough, my only issue was with my left knee, which felt unusually sore, stiff, and somewhat swollen. (My right also felt a little bit off, but not as bad.) I never have knee trouble, so this was odd for me, but I iced several times over the course of the afternoon and evening.
Frozen veggies are the best for icing because they form so well to your body! Corn is my favorite, because it’s the smallest and molds the best to your shape, but I used it in a salad. (Ha!)
Anyway, last night we went out to a fantastic dinner, and my knees were killing me on the way back to the car. I iced again and went to sleep.
But yes. This morning? I feel FABULOUS. My muscles are a bit sore, and I knew I was in need of some serious foam rolling.
I busted out my trusty foam roller and rolled around on the floor for awhile. I don’t really do specific exercises or anything on it; I just roll around on what hurts. Today I paid extra attention to my hips, glutes, and hamstrings.
My knee feels better, but I’m icing it just to be safe. I also have a case of voracious runger—I am hungry about every 2 hours, no matter how much I eat and drink! Since my run, I’ve ingested..
Post-run lunch: Chobani pineapple Greek yogurt, 1 serving plain pasta
Snack: Small bowl Kashi GoLean Crunch with 1% milk
Dinner: shared small cheese plate, goat cheese gnocchi (holy delicious), apple crisp
Breakfast: Kashi GoLean Crunch with 1% milk
Lunch: Chipotle burrito bowl (rice, beans, chicken, salsa, cheese)
Snack: Apple with peanut butter
I’m still undecided what to have for dinner, since I’m on my own tonight!
Anyway, I’m happy I feel so good today! This is, hopefully, a sign that I’m more ready for race day than I think I am.
I also spent my afternoon watching the excellent documentary, Spirit of the Marathon, on Netflix Watch Instantly, and cried like a baby at the end.
This is all beginning to feel real. For so long I’ve been plagued by pain and injuries and self-doubt, but I’m finally starting to envision myself crossing that finish line. I’m actually getting a little excited (and nervous)!
What’s your favorite dinner-for-one solution?