By Monday night, the soreness had subsided, but I was left in the odd position of having legs that were incapable of bending. I could sit. Or I could stand. But transitioning between the two states was....challenging.
Men clearly have it easier when recovering from a marathon. Why? Because they can rehydrate intensively without fear of having to sit to pee.
Some other observations from the past few days.
- I now understand the appeal of wearing your medal for the first few days. It's the equivalent of a handicapped tag. Without my medal around my neck, I find I've become one of "those people" - those who announce they've just run a marathon within 3 minutes of introduction. I'm not doing it to brag, but just to explain why I'm walking slower than a 90 year old, clutching desperately to the rail when I mount or descend stairs, or ordering TWO entrees at lunch.
- I have spent way too much time reading other race reports about the same race I just ran. My favorite is this one - like anyone else, I like it when someone much faster than I confirms that the wind kinda sucked (sustained of 10-20 MPH, with higher gusts, according to the Running Weatherman).
- They really should have reserved parking spaces for people who hang marathon medals from the past 3 days on their rear view mirrors. I was much more mobile when I had my broken foot.
- I am truly disappointed that not one person has responded to my Shamrock Marathon race report with the comment "Sham WOW."
- If I'm going to run more marathons, I need to move to a place that's designed with handrails and elevators everywhere.
- For the second year in a row, I've made the same mistake. That mistake is 1) running a race on St. Patricks Day that leaves me in a deliriously happy daze, but also crippled; 2) sleeping over at my boyfriend's that night; and then 3) shambling through the pharmacy early the next morning to pick up fluids and my birth control meds, requesting my prescription in a raspy voice. I need a t-shirt that says "Honestly, I went to bed at nine last night."
- Don't try to go to work the day after a marathon.
- Don't schedule a rock concert for the day after a marathon.
- They gave me a really nice thing at the end of Shamrock - a finisher's blanket. Really cool. The downside is that I've now devolved to a 4 year old who drags her blanket with her everywhere.
- When I think about it, this marathoning stuff is really easy. Spend a week doing nothing but sitting and eating, run a few hours while people hand you drinks and sugary stuff, then spend another week doing nothing but sitting and eating. Not bad at all.