The day after the Women's 1/2 Marathon I was feeling pretty good. I kept thinking "Wow, I can't believe I just raced yesterday!". I'm not posting this to make others feel bad about feeling sore for a week after a 1/2...believe me that was ME a few years ago. I just can't believe how far I have come in my running. I just never want to lose sight of that, especially when training for a big race and trying to set PR's, goals and such. Don't forget how far you have come.
So why didn't I feel sore?
#1. One of the reasons I didn't feel super sore was I held back for this race. Chicago is my "A" race right now and I was 3 weeks out so I didn't want to push it. I needed this race as a test to see how I would feel after running 13 miles at my goal marathon pace. I finished with my last 3 miles the fastest of the race, and I felt like I still had a lot left in the tank. So the race test was good. Its what I needed. It showed me at least I can keep that pace that far, and hopefully double that if everything goes well marathon day.
#2. Another reason would be following a proper training plan and taking the required rest days before a race.
#3. This is my 4th year running. I now have quite a few 1/2's under my belt and i believe with time your body does get more used to the strain we place upon it. In other words I didn't get here overnight. TIME.
#4. I followed my race with good food. Gotta refill those carbs and add protein for recovery, drink lots of WATER.
#5. I did my typical ice bath, foam rolling, and stretching.
I just wanted to share some of the supplements I take for recovery that I feel help a lot.
Advocare Nighttime Recovery
Black Cherry Juice
Tuesday morning was one of those mornings I felt like this....
I love my sleep.
Tuesday mornings are my 4:45am headlamp runs. Liz joined me for this one. And ok it was 5am this time.
It was a nice pace that early when my eyelids were barely open.
My eyelids felt a LOT better once I followed my run with a nice cuppa java in honor of...
Ok then Tuesday night I started to feel super tired. I went to bed early and woke up knowing why I had felt so drained. I was catching a cold. Sore throat. SUPER tired. Dizzy. Achy. And my son had it too.
UGH I was in freak out mode. WHY? Because CHICAGO was 11 days away. And yes I know that's plenty of time to recover from a cold, but hey freaking out about everything is what happens during taper week.
I also freaked out about race day weather. I have been checking it like twice a day as if it would change. It was showing RAIN....I repeat RAIN....NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
And I freak out every time I see this picture...Its like wow this is really about to happen, wow this is a TON of people, and wow this is really about to happen.
And to pass my freak out modes I need to be reminded of this...
So while I waited to recovery from my cold I stopped at the store to pick up some more of my immune packets and found this awesome new flavor!!! Seriously tastes like apple cider. Yes I can do this.
I also took like a boat load of vitamins and herbs and a crazy essential oil concoction drink that didn't taste good at all but I seriously think helped nip this cold before it got worse. And I took an epsom salt bath to detox and relax muscles.
Thursday morning I woke up feeling MUCH better! I was able to go out for an easy run thursday night with THE SOUTH SIDE RUNNERS. Got me another bumper sticker, as if I didn't have enough on my van already. You will defiantly have no trouble spotting which van is mine.
This morning was my last long run with my Fleet Feet Chicago/Fall Marathon Training group. Its bittersweet knowing we have all been training so hard for 15 weeks together and this is the end of the road. Gonna miss my buddies!
We had a nice 10 mile taper run in super chilly weather.
We go from like 80's to 40's, crazy jump!!!! I was freezing! I need to get used to the change though because that's about the weather they are predicting for Chicago next week.
If you can see the cup in the background you will see I went to one of my favorite places post run! STARBUCKS!!!!
My hands were still so COLD and that warm Latte was the best!
Shyla joined me! Because where there is a Kara, Shyla follows and vice versa.
It was marathon pep talk time....
Instead of typical his & hers items, here is hers & hers and you can tell the items that are mine...the biggest and most unhealthy...
Then we went home and showered and meet back up at Goodwill for the everything 50% off sale. I was in heaven!!!! I was suppose to be there just getting a throw away shirt for the race and instead I came out with a whole cart full of stuff. Yep. That's me, go in for one item, leave with the whole shelf.
As if they NEEDED even one more stuffed animal...parents you know what I mean.
By the time we left Goodwill I was STARVING!!!! I took the kids for lunch at yes, McDonald's. We don't eat there very often but the kids were begging me and they are on fall break so I wanted to treat them. And I just needed to eat like yesterday. I got a salad. I did my best.
We took our food out to the park to eat and gave the kids a chance to run around. It was a little chilly though. But we had a fun day today, hanging out :)
Some pictures I love this week...
And I really want to do this race just for that gem and that hill. Who needs race metals when you can get a baby like that! Talk about concurring a HILL.
I needed to be reminded of this for race day....
Do you go into "freakout mode" before a race? Or are you calm and focused?
What supplements do you take for recovery?