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1. Thank you all for your very supportive comments on my Boston Marathon recap. I didn’t mean to come across as whiny or complaining (did I??), I was just trying to give you guys an honest account of what happened on race day.I’m one of those runners that likes the training almost as much as racing and I’d probably “train” even if I didn’t sign up for races so while I’m disappointed about the way things ended up, I’m not too upset about it.
The most frequent question I received in the comments was about the knee pain, was it from the hills and does it still hurt? I’m going to assume that the clicking/popping sensation was caused by a gait change due to the hilly course; however, I don’t think I actually injured my knee. After the race, I kept my knee wrapped until I got back to my hotel in the evening. I was nervous that my knee would hurt and I wouldn’t be able to walk without limping once I removed the ACE bandage but was surprised that my knee felt totally fine when I did. You know what didn’t feel fine though? My hamstrings, and my left one was particularly sore. I’m no specialist, but I have had pretty severe knee surgery so I’m going to assume I have a muscle imbalance/weakness in my left hamstring which is pretty common in people who have had an ACL repair (especially if you drop out of PT because it’s boring… stupid 15 year-old self). The only thing I can do is try to make it stronger so I will be working on that in the near future.
2. So many people have asked me what’s next and to be honest, I don’t know. Boston left me in a state of reflection. I’ve been thinking about my training, my racing, my mentality, my purpose… etc. This is good for me and probably long overdue. I haven’t come to any conclusions yet but I will share two things that I took away from my time in Boston.
- You can’t control or prepare for everything. It’s inevitable that life will throw you curve balls and send you scrambling. It’s okay though because those moments make wonderful learning experiences.
- Life is too short to take yourself too seriously.
I am running. I’ve pounded the pavement over a handful of times. All slower than normal and all easy miles. Things aren’t feeling normal but I’ve been feeling better with every run.
3. When I got back from Boston, all I wanted to do was curl up in a little ball on my couch and hibernate. It was gloomy out and I needed to grieve. So I did. I left my apartment to go to work but besides that I was as antisocial as you can be. By the weekend, I was feeling better and was eager to be out in the sunlight and to see friends. I did some shopping on Saturday and then met up with Katie and Emily at our new favorite spot, Taco Joint, for a margarita and some amazing tacos. By the end of the evening, I was smiling from ear-to-ear and felt thankful to have such great friends.
4. Monday, I went to Yoga Loft Chicago to take a core sculpt class. I had purchased a Groupon a while ago and had missed the fine print that stated the Groupon was only valid for first time attendees. Fortunately, Tim, the instructor, was awesome and let me use it anyway (I would have paid otherwise), and I attended an amazingly difficult but FUN class. I’m currently not paying for a gym membership, so I’m planning on upping the strength classes until training starts for the Chicago Marathon.
5. This past Tuesday was my birthday!!! I celebrated by working (ha) and then going out to a wonderful sushi dinner with Ian. I was also incredibly entertained by my friends who planned to have birthday someecards e-mailed to me every two hours and posted random birthday pictures of Nicholas Cage to my Facebook all day long. Here’s my fave:
How terrifyingly awesome is that? If you don’t understand the Nicholas Cage thing, check out Kelsey’s post.
6. I’m still trying to work on a blog posting schedule that’s best for me. I find that right now I’m happier when I’m not posting every day and as my responsibilities at work have increased, I’m noticing that I don’t want to spend more time on my computer when I’m at home. I blog because I enjoy it and I love interacting with all of you so the second that it starts to feel like a chore (or like more work), I know I need to back off for a bit. So I’ll still be posting here (you haven’t gotten rid of me yet!) but probably to a lesser extent and fairly randomly until I find an ideal routine.
What has been the highlight of your week so far? Mine was definitely my birthday dinner- Sunda is one of my favorite Chicago restaurants and I rarely get to go!