Pain is only temporary...

...So says one of my Daily Mile friends and let's hoping it is because I am still in pain. I guess I was naive to think I would not be this sore after the race. During this training period I was brave enough to start taking ice baths which seemed to be the cure-all for post-run soreness. I took one after any run that was 6 miles or longer and had minimal soreness. But not this time...

Where to begin - first it was my feet, but thankfully, that is gone. Then it was my quads and calves, butt, hamstrings (again) and hips. Basically my entire lower body. Within an hour after crossing the Finish Line, I did take an ice bath, stretched and rested for the remainder of the day. Then on Monday, Kady and I went to the spa...

In the past 6 weeks I've gone to Vegas twice and during each trip I went to the Mandara Spa at Planet Hollywood and Spa Mandalay at the Mandalay Bay. Both are very good spas, but neither comes close to Qua at Caesars.

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I had booked myself an appointment at Planet Hollywood with the same massage therapist I saw in October. She was very good and I was looking forward to seeing her again. But Kady told me about the mid-week Swedish massage special at Qua so we decided to go there instead. I would have preferred a deep tissue, but she swore it would be a great experience and she was right. The massage itself was okay, nothing special about it. The therapist did work on my calves and quads for a long time, which I appreciated.

After our massages we stayed at the spa to enjoy the rest of the facilities. They have huge Roman Baths and I even took a much needed nap on one of the Bath-side lounges (amazing because I can never nap). But the best part of the experience was the Steam/Arctic Room combination. I love steam rooms; when I'm sitting in them I can feel my tight muscles loosening up which feels so good after running. Next door to Qua's Steam Room is the Arctic Room. Not very many spas have Arctic Rooms; its exactly what it sounds like - a really cold room.

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So the deal is, after sweating in the Steam Room, you're supposed to go into the Arctic Room where its ice cold. Moisturizing mist resembling snow falls from the ceiling and there's a sink that dispenses crushed ice that you can rub on your hands or face. It sounds horrible (at least I thought it did...at first), but the contrast of going in-between the two rooms is glorious. As Kady said, "You can feel the toxins leaving your body." It was a heavenly experience; I highly recommend you go there on your next trip to Vegas.

So now its 3 days later and I still hurt. This morning I went to the gym and rode the stationary bike to try and stretch the legs out; it does feel a little better. Afterwards I went to my Core Training class - its about the only type of exercise I can do right now that doesn't hurt. I'm doing everything I can think of to minimize the pain - stretching, rolling, Naproxen, Icy Hot, Arnica, Biofreeze, lavender oil - I have everything on rotation, but any more suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Yesterday was supposed to be my final appointment at physical therapy. I was so looking forward to it, just to get treatment. But they screwed up my appointment so I'm going back again this morning, just before I catch my flight to Hawai'i. While I am so not looking forward sitting on a plane for 5 hours, I am looking forward to escaping the freezing cold weather and heading home to a nice and balmy 70+ degrees. Maybe being in the tropics will help.

So....a hui hou, my next post will be from Molokai.

PS Race photos are in.