That’s right. Two half marathons in 8 days means I’m officially a Half Fanatic. #6808
I celebrated BIG after that 2nd race! My post race reward meal was Taco Time (again). I spent the rest of the day resting and was in bed by 8:00 that night! (In my defense, I was up at 5:30 in the morning to get to the race in time.)
I’ve been doing nothing but resting
and drinking wine every night since and I’ve had some time to reflect on the races.
I’m SO proud of myself for what I completed. I could not have come out of this experience in a better mental place. As soon as I saw my husband on the side of the finishing chute, I was all smiles! I think this was a great experience to help prepare me for a full marathon. On top of it all, I wore those short-shorts on race day! For me, that in itself is an accomplishment.
You see, like most girls probably, I am very critical of myself. While you look at me and see a strong, fit woman, I see a girl who needs to do a few more crunches and who has to apply Body Glide pre-race or she’ll be really sorry! Thigh rub or not though, I wore what I would be comfortable running in and I didn’t let the thoughts of what anyone would think stop me. (And I’ll pause to admit, I’ve judged other girls for what they’re wearing; I wish that statement wasn’t true, but it is. But on Saturday, while I wore those shorts with pride, I didn’t judge anyone).
I feel like I’ve totally trashed my body. I hurt. After my post-race beer, I couldn’t walk without assistance. Thank goodness we had the most amazing parking spot just one-block from the finish! I didn’t start walking ‘normal’ again until Monday. And here it is Thursday, a full five days post race and I’ve still got problems.
The primary problem is my right hip. You see, I’ve had trouble with my right SI Joint for weeks (maybe months?). During long runs I usually have to run a mile or so before I warm up, lengthen my stride, and get my right hip to pop before I feel like I’m running ‘right’. Lately though I haven’t been able to get that hip to pop and my SI joint aches. It bothered me during the Lake Sammamish Half, and it was worse during the St. Paddy’s Day Half. By mile 6 or 8 I had pain with every step; by mile 10 it was constant hip/low back pain.
I’m scared. I’m worried I’ve pushed my body too far and I might have an injury. Typing those words is hard because I don’t want to admit that. I’m resting, stretching, heating, icing and hoping. Please cross your fingers for me. I was planning to be back on the pavement by Saturday but I’m not sure that’s realistic at this point. I might be scheduled for another full week off.
In spite of the pain, I can’t wait to run and race again! My determination is at an all time high. I now know I’m capable of more than I used to think was possible and I want to see what else I can do.
With this high I’m riding, I decided to do something else drastic, to celebrate the new me I’ve discovered and after the race Saturday I celebrated with a haircut and color. Post half marathon training seemed like the perfect time to give up the pony-tail. I’ll probably let it grow a couple inches so I can pony-tail it again this summer when the serious marathon training kicks in, but until then I’m embracing the change.
I took the selfie on Friday. I was having a really good hair day and wanted to remember it. It was such a good hair day, I was having second thoughts about going for the big cut, but then you can see what my hair looked like in my “before” photo on Saturday and I remembered that most days, it’s gotten pretty boring.
…and the mutts
And since you haven’t seen them for a few days, I’ll leave you with this fun moment from the mutts - Molly has been refusing to eat sometimes because Tony picks on her and tries to steal her food. She’s been getting fed in the family room by herself most days but Saturday we didn’t have time and when we got home, the husband thought it’d be more fun to put her on the counter rather than put the food on the floor. She was confused but didn’t care. Diamond on the other hand could hear her up there munching and was pissed!
Tell me, ever had post-race pain that lasted more than a couple days? Any tips for SI and Hip stretching and healing? It’s an awkward area of the body. I’ve been trying to stretch my hip flexor and my IT band (which is super tender to foam roll right now!) and spend some time on the exercise ball to twist, move and generally keep myself loose.
PS. Stop by tomorrow, I’ve got some big news to share!