Friday, April 19, 2013

Post-peak Blues

Hello Friends and Happy Friday!
 
 
Ok, I've come to terms with the fact that the Boston Marathon has come and gone, but now I'm forcefully in recovery mode. I think any runner would agree with me when I say that the recovery period after a race is the most dreadful experience. Whether you're injured or not, post-marathon all runners should:
 
 
a) Eat well and replenish glycogen stores.
CHECK
 
Brown rice, organic chicken, veggies and avocado
 
 
b) Hydrate and drink limit alcohol consumption.
CHECK
 
Water, lots of it!
 
 
 
 
c) Take an ice bath for muscle soreness.
NO CHECK
 
 
d) Take about a week off from running and slowly introduce it the following week. This is also a good time to cross-train since your body is recovering from the pounding of running.
CHECK, CHECK
 
 
e) Rest!
CHECK
 
 
Can anyone say cabin fever? I was supposed to return to work today, but due to the physical nature of my job, my doctor said I would need to hold off for a few days. I went to Holy Cross Hospital yesterday and the doc told me that my puncture wound was infected. He also said that my knee had bursitis. So he prescribed some antibiotics and lots of R&R.
 
Knee Bursitis: 
(According to the Mayo Clinic)
Knee bursitis is inflammation of a bursa located near your knee joint. A bursa is a small fluid-filled, pad-like sac that reduces friction and cushions pressure points between your bones and the tendons and muscles near your joints. Knee bursitis most commonly occurs over the kneecap or on the inner side of your knee below the joint. It causes pain and can limit your mobility.
 
 
So now that I'm forced to relax, unwind and recover, I will do so in the most diva-way possible. Don't you think?
 
 
 
 
What are you doing this weekend?
 
 

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13 comments:

  1. Found your blog through Skinny Runner. Great job at Boston - 2:59 that's amazing!!

    You're "before" and "after" photos are so inspiring! I started running to lose weight too... still working on that haha :)

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Gabby for reaching out! Good luck on your weight loss journey! I'm here if you have any questions. :)

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  2. Good for you for allowing your body to rest! I think that is the hardest mentally for runners to learn to just chill out and allow everything to heal! I like to get a massage a couple of days after races as well.

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    1. I think a massage would be a fabulous idea! Thanks :)

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  3. Rest up! Looks pretty relaxing there to me.

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  4. Well deserved rest period, though I know you're dying to get back out there. Take your time and heal so you can go back and kick some bootay. :)

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    1. You know me too well! Cabin fever much. Wanna get back to work :/

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  5. Like Gabby, I just came to find your blog through SkinnyRunner. I am super impressed by you! You are a beautiful strong woman and if I had a daughter I think you'd be a superb role model for her! Thank you for giving my legs some inspiration for my 20 miler today. My heart will be thinking of Boston but my legs will be thinking "faster like Erika". :) Keep up the great posts and rest up like a diva.

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    1. Thank you Dara for reaching out and for those encouraging words. You all motivate me to be better and to not give up! Good job on the 20 miler! All the best to you.

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  6. Wow. You're SO inspiring. :) Congrats on your accomplishments. I'm thinking I that pic of you with the red Mercedes...you should be hosing yourself down or eating a Carl's Junior burger or something. Ha ha. You have a rockin' body now....so jealous! I know you worked hard for it though so good job girl!! Glad SR led me to your blog. :) Jessica

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  7. Thank you so much Jessica! The burger part sounds delish!!

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  8. Ah yes, the post race recovery blues... I'll be there next week after Eugene! Except then I'm running a 190 mile relay the Saturday after. Not the wisest scheduling plan! Hope your knee heals quickly!

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