I felt like crap yesterday after finishing the marathon. Possible worse than I’d felt anytime since running the San Diego Rock n’ Roll Marathon about nine years ago. I ended up taking a nap at the finish in SD. Yesterday, I couldn’t even muster polite conversation with some friends at the finish. Ugh.
I got a massage from Jamie of BodyMechanics just after the race. It was easier to enumerate the places that didn’t hurt than the places that did. I had muscle spasms in my legs, feet, and back. All of this is pretty unusual for me – my conditioning is pretty good. I think this reflects that I overdid it a bit, and that it was pretty warm (in the 70s).
Today’s a bit better. My lower back is pretty angry, so I visited the fine folks at Essential Chiropractic this morning. Still, I can’t really visualize running yet. I mustered a solid 2100 yards in the pool early this morning. My speed wasn’t there, but my form felt okay. That’s a start.
Can’t help wondering how much better I would have done (and felt), if I’d stuck with my goal pace in the early miles. I also think I need to get more mileage at higher cadence before trying another marathon with it.
So – some lessons learned.