It's been one month since I crossed under the red arches of Chicago logging my fastest most amazing 26.2 run. I still gleam with joy whenever anyone asks me, "How was Chicago?!" (You know, any excuse to relive your marathon is an invitation to gush tons of exciting vivid detail which may or may not include bodily fluids...and you enjoy every minute of it).
Unfortunately upon return Lola had managed to scratch her cornea which was actually quite stressful. If only animals understood, "Don't scratch, you could make it worse!" Lola, Matt and I worked very hard to make sure she was supervised, received eye drops ( This was no fun! Every try to put drops in a squirmy dog's eye??? Sometimes it even took help from Courteney!).
|All healed and posing for treats. <3|
I guess the point I'm getting at is DON'T NEGLECT YOUR RECOVERY!
My hamstrings were tight for basically the entire cycle of training. I really called on them during the Chicago marathon and adrenaline also masked the pain or tightness I may have felt. My Ischial tuberosity (which is tendon at the top of the hamstrings) became irritated and pulled which has created a serious pain in my butt. And now, I am on a slow, but progressive road to recovery.
|This is my new post run, post stretching seat....lol.|
As I began to feel healthier I made it a point to really focus on my nutrition, strengthening and stretching again. This week's physio and massage appointments were positive and it looks like I'm making progress! I've went from being told to "rest" to being allowed to run a flat 15k! :D All the smiles!
The good news is that Lola is better, my cold is gone and I can run again. At least my recovery period allowed me to catch up on a few things that got put on the back burner while training ...trying to look on the positive of not running, lol.
I celebrated running by doing our annual trek to the Bike and Bean along the BLT Rails to Trails with a group of great running friends.
We are so lucky to have this trail in our backyards!!!!
Oh yeah, I also turned 35 last week! Yikes!!!!! I remember when I was a teen and my aunt was 35 and me thinking (that's old....I wonder what I'll be like at 35?) lol. PS- birthday cake is great for recovery!!!!
|It's a proven fact that a Boston Marathon Birthday cake tastes EVEN better! ;)|
So yeah, these cookies are the COOLEST I've ever seen!!!!!!! Thanks to Abby's Cookie Creations for definitely making my sweet tooth day and to Sam for the best birthday present!!!!
Thanks so much for reading the rambles of Girl Goes Running. Have a beautiful day!
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