On our way home from the airport to Bedford, I said to Tim "Why don't we see if we can get bibs for the Mini on Saturday?" I had run a marathon barely more than 24 hours before, and I thought that running the Mini on Saturday would be fun.
We found out that we COULD get bibs, and we decided we'd run it. Not race it, but run it. That was my plan....until I ran today.
My leg soreness is markedly better. People no longer (at least I think) look at me walking and wonder what's wrong with me. I can still feel my quads and hamstrings, but nothing like a couple of days ago. I decided that today would be a good day to do a very slow, short run, just to work the gunk out of the legs.
As soon as I started out, my hamstrings began to talk to me. Quite loudly. Not injury type of talk, but they were very tight and sore. As were my quads. I went very slowly. But it's not like I even had a choice. I thought that I'd take it easy and run something like 8:15 pace. I was barely breaking 9:00 the first mile, and I slowed way down from there. My legs were not just sore, but they were TRASHED. If you run, you know the feeling. They're just gone. Non-functioning. Totally ticked off at you. Around my turn around point, I realized that running the Mini, though physically possible, would be a very bad decision. There's no reason for it.
In addition, my abdominal pain was quite bad today. I'm sure Sunday's marathon got things all inflamed in there. My surgery is on Monday, and I just don't see the need to line up for a half that 1) I'm not racing, 2) would probably turn into survival and not much fun, and 3) would force me to experience the abdominal pain for no reason. I didn't wear my TENS unit today. I swore that after the marathon I never would again. Plus, it tore up my skin so badly on Sunday that there's no WAY I could strap it on right now. My surgery is on Monday, and I'm counting on running being pain free after that.
Today's run, though humbling and slow, was not a total wash. Now, you know I'm all about Nike. But I have fallen in love with the lululemon running skirt. Yes, a skirt. I've never worn a running skirt before. However, my friend Kathy has one and it has all kinds of hidden pockets in it for gels, etc. I'm not a fan of Race Ready shorts, so I thought I'd give one of these skirts a try.
After the race on Sunday, I got a chance to meet up with a friend of mine from high school, Karly Wade. Karly is also a runner and lives and works in Oregon. She works for lululemon and they were doing a trunk show in Eugene. I hobbled over there and she had pulled a skirt aside for me (I had messaged her previously interested in one). It fit perfectly. It's black and has the compression shorts under it.
I ran in it today, and I really, really liked it. It was light and cool and I can't believe how much room there is for gels. I also ran in my Free 3.0s. I was afraid to run in those leading up to Eugene because I didn't want to mess with anything, but I've long desired to transition to them. I love them.
I don't know when I'll run again, and it very well may not be until after my surgery on Monday. At this point, after today's experience, I don't want to run for at least several days. You'll rarely hear me say that!