Alrighty Striders!! SOME of you asked for it, so here is my Chicago marathon recap.
Met up with Emily from Autism Speaks Team Up! Team who was also dealing with hip discomfort and wanted a 4:25 marathon. We cruised along close to pace until we stopped to use the porta potties. In those 5 minutes my hip stiffened up, making a noticeable difference in my stride. During mile 13 it was difficult to stride more than a few inches, and was obvious that I was slowing Emily down, so I sent her on. During mile 14, my right knee started feeling “sticky”. I have yet to have knee issues in my 26 months of running and it immediately had me on alert! I dealt with my hip fracture last year which took me out of commission for over 4 months, and I am not prepared to (willingly) do that again. So in the next few miles I stopped to briefly talk to a nurse, I again stopped to get stretched out, and I stopped a third time when it felt like my toe nail fell off. (It hasn’t. Yet.)
At this point what felt best when the knee started to “stick” was to do 10 walking strides before trying to tun some more. This continued for miles and miles at approximately 13:30 pace per mile. I just could not extend my stride more than a few inches (it seemed) due to the tightness and soreness of both hips now However, the knee “quieted down” whenever I did those paces, so after the sub 5 was out of reach, I was resolved to “just finishing” and hoping that the discomfort I was feeling didn’t result in excrutiating pain and take me out completely.
My aerobic fitness was there. Fueling was right on, anxiety and nervousness were almost unnoticeable.
In the end, I finished at 5:19:xx – disappointing but not discouraged that I would at some point try for that sub 5 marathon again (MUCH to the disbelief of the Mr.!)
After crossing the finish line, the race officials (who must be masochists) were probably somewhere laughing hysterically at the 45,000 runners who were now made to hobble and limp for an additional mile to get to the spectator area to meet their loved ones. There was even a flight of stairs to go down!!! (That was just mean RD’s, MEAN!!!) Security was so strong this year! There was no corral jumping – making certain of this with gating between the corrals as well as roping off the groups until we reached the starting line once the gating was removed. To enter the spectator area, bags, purses, strollers et al were all checked, making it a nuisance to meet up with my boys, so I just waddled my way back in the direction they were and then immediately (I say immediately, but at the pace I was now moving, there wasn’t anything immediate about it). We FINALLY got to the train station. I will spare you the rest, and keep this recap PG rated.
I posted to Facebook when service was finally reinstated and decided that the 3 days of complete rest would include a break from social media.
Recovery has mainly been spent in my bed with my feet up. Lots of sleep, Epsom salt baths, some “The stick” rolling, and foam rolling. Very little lacrosse ball action! Surprisingly my hips are not the most painful part on me! My calf is SUPER DEE DUPER TIGHT.
Where will I go from here? What’s next?
I am pretty certain that this beat-down I gave myself will not allow for my attempting my first ultra on 11/1, and that is A-OK!! I just don’t think it would be in my best interest to push my sore body right now. I do know that I need to concentrate on becoming stronger physically. I had been treated by my PT earlier in the week, and we discussed how tight I was in the hips and that my glute muscles needed some attention/strengthening. My boys need their Mom, my family needs my attention, and my house – GAH!! But the biggest hurdle??? Convincing the Mr. to support another marathon training session after seeing me in pain, witnessing all the tears, hearing of the heartbreak of being once again neglected of that sub 5 hour marathon after working so hard. But, even he knows it’s just a matter of time…