In some ways, I can't wait to do another one just so I can establish some perspective. The conditions at Cowtown were very nearly perfect, starting in the mid 40's, the humidity was fairly low, and there was no rain. There was a bit of a southerly breeze (and some gusts at times) but that didn't affect me the entire race, and the temperature only rose into the high 50s by the time I finished. The crowd support was really good, the volunteers were excellent, traffic control was wonderful, and there were well run aid stations throughout the course and every mile was clearly marked (I missed a couple, but that was just me). It is very likely that the next one will NOT be that perfect (perhaps in several ways), so I'm looking forward to a not-so-perfect race to just add another facet to the marathon experience. Here's to hoping I didn't just put the old Chinese curse on myself ("May you live in interesting times").
Within 3 or 4 hours of the marathon, the soleus / fibularis (Peroneus) longus muscles in my lower left leg sort of froze up and got really, really sore. Walking was pretty much out of the question, although I could limp around when I needed to. I took Monday off from work, and it got a bit better, and Tuesday was also a rest day (although I did go into the office) and it was better still, although I still couldn't go up or down stairs. I did a gentle cycle and short walk on Wednesday. I couldn't stand on the pedals or climb stairs, but it was still getting better. On Thursday I was able to put a bit more power in on the bike ride, and stand on the pedals. On foot, moving laterally was still tender though. As a stress reaction no doubt, I gained about 3 pounds of water weight by Monday morning, and retained it until Friday morning. That was also when I started feeling better in the calf, and was able to run on both Friday and Saturday.
As of this morning my left calf area is still a bit tight, and coming out of a squat or putting that leg forward and holding a lunge position is still a bit painful, but it is slowly healing. Other than that, I don't have any residual affects from last Sunday's marathon, some I'm counting myself lucky.
I suspect this was just an over-use strain on those muscles caused by the hills, and the fact that I really pushed the pace in the final miles after I was already tired. It could also be something that I failed to mention previously. At about the 5 mile mark in the marathon, I felt my left ankle kind of roll just a bit due to uneven pavement (a chunk was missing). I caught it quick and it didn't actually "turn" the ankle, and didn't hurt so I thought it was no big deal. In retrospect, it "might" have been this, coupled with the hills and the final push. Oh well, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger...right..?
Here is what last week looked like...
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And that added up to the following time and distance totals for the week:
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As a consequence of being able to run a couple of times at the end of the week, and having the marathon at the beginning, this ended up being a weekly running distance record for me as well, so that was a plus.
In cross-training, I've continued with the pushups and pullups on alternating days, and the March planks challenge is coming along. It had been a while since I had focused on planks, so it is taking me a day or two (or more) to get back into it. I tend to be the most sore from those in my lower back, so that is where I'm the weakest at this point.
I also attended Yoga on Thursday and Saturday with my favorite instructor. I think I'll stick with two classes a week for now, so I can manage the costs and attend those classes with the instructor I like.
Happy Running Everyone !!!