running: my first marathon recovering from a marathon running running a marathon
by Mommy Hobbies
In my napsack stash
How to explain the aches and pains after running 26.2 miles for the very first time…
Immediately following my race I ate and took a nap. I kicked myself for not bringing my foam roller and commenced to knead my cramped muscles by hand. Nothing compares to the awful yet wonderful pain of a good foam rolling.
My quads were so shaky and sore, calves no better, but what made it really uncomfortable was the fact my toes were bruised. Like, eight out of ten. Uhg. It did not make for graceful walking at all. We went to dinner that evening after my race and it was completely comical, watching me navigate carefully from the car to the restaurant and then stand shakily in the vestibule waiting to be seated. My knees were totally not stable. They were popping a lot. They didn’t hurt, just really loose feeling. Basically, I’ve been hobbling the past two days.
I wish I had brought flip flops or something so my feet could have had the space needed to relax and not be boxed in by my shoes. Whatever. Next time.
Now, the day after my race my legs were still wobbly and the quads needed assistance. hah. Still not easy to walk up and down stairs and my knees were still a little loosey goosey.
Two days after the race, my legs were much stronger, less sore but my toes were in so much pain. They actually woke me up in the middle of the night throbbing horribly.
Now on to today. I can say that I only have slight soreness in my legs and my toes are the only issue, still. Stubborn little piggies. Two of my toenails have been threatening to jump ship, but I keep coaxing them to stick around. *sigh* We’ll see. My first real run will happen this Saturday exactly one week after my race. It’s a 5k. I’m a running buddy for a young girl who is part of the Girls On The Run program (amazing program by the way). What a better way to ease back into to training (gasp. yes! training) than a short and sweet 5k.
But, until that happens, I’m just trying not to eat like a pig and reminding myself to stay hydrated.