Monday, January 13, 2014

Post-Marathon Thoughts

I did it!!  I am officially a marathoner!



I'm so far behind on race recaps but I wanted to get my thoughts out now before I forgot them.  I was sooo nervous in the corral waiting for the race to start.  Because of my injury, I honestly had no idea if I would even make it to mile 1.  And so when I got mile 1.5 (with a stop at the 1 miler marker for a picture of course) I realized that I really needed to start my run/walk intervals because everyone said to slow down at the beginning.  But I was feeling that good that I could easily have kept going.  I had no pain in the beginning!  I had a few twinges in my calf start at about mile 2.5.  It was really only the first few steps of my run intervals so I was playing around with which foot to start with and then it went away in a few miles.  And that was the end of the leg pain for the whole race!!

I got a huge blister on my left pinky toe at mile 19.  I stopped twice during mile 19 & 20 (to see what it was & then at the medical tent to put a bandaid on it).  Putting tight compression socks back on sweaty legs takes FOREVER!!  So the blister hurt for a few miles and then I felt it pop.  Yes, that killed but then the pain went to something manageable. 

I don't think I really ever hit the wall.  Yes, miles 19 & 20 were tough due to the pain and I was wondering how I was going to do 7 more miles like that.  But then it went away.  At mile 20, I dropped to 1:1 intervals since that was farther than I had ever gone but I never hit that mental point where I didn't think I could do it.  I'm not sure if it was because I wasn't going that fast or hard.  Or maybe it was because I had had a mental wall for the past week wondering about if I was going to be able to run at all due to the injury so that the last few miles weren't tough.  I mean, I DEFINITELY got tired.  After WWOS, I was wondering if the we were ever going to get to the Studios.  But it wasn't nearly as horrible as I thought it was going to be. 

Except for during the blister part, I didn't take any extra walk breaks that weren't planned (the walk intervals, picture stops, and water stops, oh and one bathroom break).  So I was proud of that.

I never got bored either.  I think it's because I'm used to the long runs by myself on the boring stretch of street where I live.  So even though Osceola Parkway was a long stretch of nothing, I was completely entertained by the other runners.  And I was also checking my Facebook and Twitter a bunch too.  The comments on my page were sooo motivating!  And I loved the crowd support, especially towards the end from the Studios on (I definitely took advantage of some spectators that were passing out pretzels--just what I needed!!!)

My finishing time was 5:31:19.  I was only 7 minutes off my pre-injury goal.  And even though I had said that my only goal was to finish, I kinda got mad at myself because I was so close!  If I hadn't fought with getting my compression socks on, I just might have made it!  Oh, and the almost 50 picture stops affected my time too.

I was feeling so good after the race.  No leg pain or soreness.  The only thing that was bugging me was my feet--I wanted my shoes off immediately and luckily I had told my hubby to bring flip flops.  Everyone kept trying to help me around but I didn't need it (including getting down to the ground to take the socks off and then standing up again).  But yesterday afternoon was a different story.  I didn't have much muscle pain but my joints hurt--both knees, both ankles and then both Achilles hurt.  And I had a weird bruising sensation all of the top of my body.  Still can't figure that one out (but it's gone today).  As for the pain today, my  muscles are a little more sore but nothing terrible.  My right ankle is the only thing still really bothering me.  It hurts quite a bit!  Its the same one that was hurting before the race, so a doctors apt might be necessary--agh.

People keep asking me if I'd do another marathon and the answer is yes!  But probably only if it's a Disney marathon.  I need the stimulation of the parks and the characters and entertainment and people dressed in costume.  I don't think I could handle a regular marathon without all of that to keep me occupied.  As for Dopey or Goofy, I don't think my body could handle the training or the races so that's out.  But one day I will do another Disney marathon!!  I had a blast!!

18 comments:

  1. Congrats Andrea! I'm so proud of you marathoner!

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  2. Congratulations! I am so incredibly proud of you!

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    1. Thanks! You should do it next year!

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  3. Congratulations marathoner! This was my first marathon last year and I haven't been able to bring myself to run another one, but I'm looking to change that by going back to Disney for next year's marathon!

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    1. It is the perfect marathon for your first time!

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  4. A huge CONGRATULATIONS Andrea! I share your right ankle pain just as I share becoming a marathoner! This was an awesome race, and will never be forgotten. YOU DID IT!

    Rick Stiles

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    1. I hope your ankle is feeling better! And your Dopey accomplishment is amazing!!

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  5. Congrats on completing your first full marathon! I'm husband shares your same opinion on marathons - the only ones he'll ever run will be at Disney for the very same reasons you mentioned. Are you considering running again in 2015?

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    1. Honestly, we're hoping to start trying to have a family in the summer so I'm not sure I'd be able to. I'm thinking maybe I'll start training and see if there are charity bibs left if I'm able to

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  6. I could not agree more with the feeling after WWOS... Only it was in WWOS. That was the longest 4 miles of the race for me.

    Congrats again, and it was so good to meet you :)

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    1. I spent the WWOS miles focusing on that stupid blister!

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