Two Days After Twenty Six Point Two
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
I woke up today feeling much less sore than yesterday. I slept really well...thank goodness I scheduled a massage for after work yesterday. It took a village to help me complete the marathon...and I need to thank my massage therapist, Alice, who helped me ease the pain and speed the recovery of a number of muscle strains and problems I had over the past 6 months. Yesterday's massage was nice, relaxing, and worked out kinks in places I didn't know were sore. (I knew about my quads and IT bands and calves). I never seem to feel the aches and knots in my upper back and neck...that is until they get worked on.
I went all in and splurged on a 2 hour massage. It was worth it! Today my muscle soreness is way, way improved. Heck, I can even anticipate jogging again (sometime soon, but not for a few days).
After my massage I went to the post marathon celebration / pasta feed held by Portland Fit. Talk about inspiring. The coaches of the different running groups (pace groups) handed out inspiration awards to people who participated in Portland Fit. One went to a walker who finished the marathon after injuring her back on mile 14. She managed to finished. Slowly. Steadily. She walked up to the podium, slowly, steadily...and gingerly accepted the recognition and hugged her coach. Another who who received recognition managed to lose 60 pounds while training for the marathon and finished in 4 hours, 20 minutes. It is hard to convey the emotion and feeling of this celebration...because of the coaches and "team spirit" and determination...many Portland Fit participants went way beyond their expectations. It was truly inspirational to hear all these success stories. Reminds me why I gain strength hanging around with Spark People...
As I've worked very hard towards my own goal, I found that I tended to narrowly focus on that (instead of looking around and gaining inspiration from others, and expressing thanks to who are with me in this journey).
It's time to hit the pause button and look outward again.
I'm feeling very thankful today:
For my daughter, who is my hero (she runs hilly marathons and long distance trail races and wins them) and inspiration. Thanks for calling me up and chatting with me after the race. You are awesome.
For my husband who has supported and encouraged me. He's never once complained about the the time and effort I put into training and never doubted I could do what I set out to do.
To my fellow sparkers who've encouraged me and let me talk on and on about my running, even you nonrunners who probably think I am crazy. Especially to my fellow team mates on the Jan 2008 team. And thanks to fellow spark athletes who've given me positive vibes.
To my fellow Portland Fit running group. I was in the red group (the slowest runners). We were a small group that really bonded. Scott and coach Dave were especially encouraging.
To my sports chiropractor Greg...who helped me through my injuries. Only for one week did I have to sit on the sidelines. Greg never said "you shouldn't do this". And he always made me feel better.
And finally, to my running coach Michele. Once a week I met with Michele and a couple of other women runners. Michele helped tweak little things, got me to do a whole lot more stretching, and really did advise me to go out slow (I'll listen next time).
I'm going to give myself a bit of a breather before setting any big new fitness goals. I don't know what's next. I like goals, though. Without them I drift a bit. I want to get into cycling outside next year. But winter is coming. Us Oregonians have to either grin and bear the rain or exercise inside... I have quite a bit of travel in the near future. Starting next week, things get incredibly busy. But I'll be packing my exercise gear when I go, you can be sure of it.