I’m still alive. I can once again descend the stairs without gripping the railing as if my very life depends on me holding on to it. Tuesday and Wednesday were the roughest days – not only from muscle soreness, but I was absolutely overcome with utter exhaustion. My energy level was nil, and I walked around in a complete fog. Yoga on Thursday did wonders for me. By Friday, my appetite returned with a vengeance and I speculated that running would be in my future. Sunday, I climbed onto the bike, and spun the legs for 14 miles, outside in the spectacular spring sunshine. Exactly one week later, and I’m ready to get back out there. I cannot wait to see how my legs respond. (Has it really been a week already? It all feels so surreal…did all of that *really* happen?)
Interesting post-race facts (interesting to me, anyways):
Areas chafed: 4 (areas with and without Bodyglide)
Gels (Gu) consumed: 4 packets
Fluids taken in: Too many ounces to count.
Amount of rain: Negligible. More Gatorade landed on my shirt than raindrops.
Girls kissed at Wellesley: 2
Number of time I felt *really* nauseous: ZERO
Number of time I felt *really* nervous: ZERO
Blisters: ZERO (thanks Bodyglide!)
Purple toes: Delayed onset – 1.5 toes, 2 days later
How each 5K ticked off:
5K – 26:07
10K – 25:07
15K – 25:07
20K – 25:01
25K – 25:03
30K – 25:39*
35K – 25:28*
40K – 24:57
Final 2.2K – 10:53 (7:57 mile pace!)
(*Can you tell where the Newton hills were?)
Negative split: By 12 seconds
Overall placement: 6339/20348 (31%)
Gender placement: 1092/7975 (14%)
Age division placement: 907/4534 (20%)
Number of times I smiled: 10,346ish.
Now…the big question…what’s next? Honestly, I have no idea. There will be more marathons, for sure. I will run Boston again – no question there. But the very next thing? Dunno. Maybe an Olympic-distance triathlon this summer, or maybe my first ‘century’ ride (that’s 100 miles on the bike to you non-bikers). Maybe both. At this moment, I’m going to keep soaking up the good vibes from Boston as I ease my legs back in to the right-left-right-left routine and focus on getting through the last few weeks of the semester. After that, who knows what the next adventure will have in store!
Stayed tuned for one last post about Boston.