I Run To Be...

IRunToBe
IRunToBe

I run to be….sore?!

I did not expect to be this sore after Nike. Yes it's the hardest half course I've ever run. Yes, the hills were endless. But I did not run very hard for the majority of the race so needless to say, I am surprised, disappointed and a little freaked out about how sore I am.

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NWM1

{cheers for awful race photos - what a fake smile}

My legs were tired post race on Sunday, but I didn't think they were too bad. I slept well that night, but on Monday morning I woke up with a terrible headache. I was also so tired that I couldn't even get out of bed. I felt like I had run a full marathon - not kidding. I had ambitions of doing an early morning Bikram Yoga class, but I couldn't even make it to the office, let alone the yoga studio. I (barely) managed to drag myself from the bed to my couch where I spent the day working from home. I think the massive headache was from dehydration but I managed to get an RX from my doctor for it and also hydrated like a mad woman.

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NWM2

{i have no idea where this photo was taken - i have no recollection of various points on the course}

Later that the day I had a 2-hour massage. After the San Francisco 2nd Half Marathon destroyed my legs I had called my massage place and asked them to schedule me with the therapist who had the most knowledge on kinesiology and physiology. They scheduled me with the most amazing and knowledgeable therapist and I have seen him after every race since.

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NWM3

{thank goodness they didn't catch me walking up this hill...}

As usual, he spent the first hour doing Thai massage. I had never had a Thai massage before I started seeing him but now it's my favorite kind of massage. Its involves a lot of stretching and deep tissue work, and is highly interactive. The best way I can describe it that it's essentially "passive yoga" meaning the therapist helps situate you in different poses.

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NWM4

{I'm still heel striking - so much for the magic shoes...}

It was during the first hour of my massage that I realized (which is a nice way of saying I yelped in pain) just how beat up my legs were. I tried so hard not to destroy them too much during the race, but I guess I did. My glutes and quads are so not happy with me.

The second hour of the massage was a "Flush" aka a deep/sports massage. My therapist found all sorts of knots I didn't know I had, and not just in my legs either. He told me I had "boulders in my shoulders." I honestly think I could have used a third hour.

Today I felt more rejuvenated and finally made it to a Bikram Yoga class after work. It had been 6 days since my last yoga class and it felt like I had taken 10-steps backwards. I couldn't even touch my toes until the very last sit-up of the class. My right hamstring/glute is chronically tight, but I always still touch my toes. Sad.

Overall, both the massage and Bikram class left me feeling improved - a lot better. My quads are feeling almost back to normal, and I'm hoping with a few more classes this week (my goal is at least 4 more by Saturday) I'll find that limber feeling again.

But I have to admit that right now, my mind is a little in panic mode. If I am this tired and sore after running just a half-marathon, how am I suppose to run a full marathon in less than 7 weeks?!

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NWM5

{can someone please photoshop me into this photo instead of this girl?}