After the marathon, my legs and body were pretty sore and beat up!
“I felt like I played in a very rough football game with no hitting above the waist.” — former NFL DT Alan Page after a marathon
I actually saw Alan in the early miles of the marathon playing his tuba! But everything above the waist felt great, while it hurt to walk around!
I did find that the more I walked around the looser and better my legs felt. But if I sat too long at my desk I’d get really stiff. I got a massage on Monday which helped my walking since it loosened up the calf and hamstring muscles. Tuesday was feeling better but still a little stiff. By Wednesday morning I was feeling almost normal again and decided to bike to work. I biked a total of 8 miles and felt pretty good. I tried to take it nice and easy and not push too hard. On Thursday I rode to work again and had Christy meet me afterwards for a casual ride to enjoy some of the changing leaf colors and enjoy the nice weather. We ended up riding almost 18 miles! Friday I left for a work retreat, we went just out side the metro-area to a beautiful YMCA camp and spent most of the day inside. But on Saturday we did a high ropes course 30 feet in the air! It is amazing how much energy can be expended on a ropes course. I had brought running clothes but didn’t wake up in time to run before breakfast. I finally got around to running on Sunday. I had planned to go running at Pike Island, but on the way there decided to try a new place.
I had a vague idea of where I was supposed to be going to get to the start but it is a little confusing of an area. I hadn’t brought my cell phone which has Google maps built in, so I was pretty much just guessing! I wanted to go to Sibley house and run those trails, but instead ran along Crosby Farms. When I got back and looked at a map, I realized my mistakes, but this was still a nice 5K run. I actually ran on the river bank for a little while before running on a dirt/sand trail and then using a paved path to get back to my car! It was a nice, scenic, and refreshing first run back. I was in no hurry and finished in 25:22. I was a little stiff at the beginning but it worked itself out by the end. My legs are still a little tired!
Running – 3.1 miles
Biking – 25.8 miles
[tags] Marathon, Crosby Farms [/tags]