Hi Everyone! Happy May! This week was the first week after my first marathon. It was not at all like I expected it to be. I really thought that I would be sore and miserable for several days. But I wasn’t. I also thought that I wouldn’t be able to run for a long time. But I did! I was actually surprised at how good I felt after the race. It was kind of a lazy week, but I thought I deserved that after the crazy amount of training I’d been doing. Here’s what I was up to this week.
Monday– Today was all about rest. But, I did try to walk around as much as I could to try and work some soreness out of my legs. I wasn’t as sore as I thought I would be. The hardest thing for me was trying to sit down. So, I spent most of the day on my feet. My stomach was still very upset, and I was having a hard time getting anything down and keeping it down. I made sure to drink a lot of water and Gatorade. I ended the day with 10,163 steps on my Fitbit.
Tuesday – When I woke up today, I wasn’t very sore at all! I was really surprised! I didn’t get to walk as much today as I did on Monday. I only had 6,953 on my Fitbit. The only thing that felt sore was the tops of my thighs. My knee was still a little swollen, but it wasn’t hurting very much. My body felt so much better! My stomach felt better too, but still I had absolutely no appetite. I had a granola bar for breakfast, and some fruit and veggies for lunch. At work they were having a birthday lunch for some co-workers, so there was a fruit tray, veggie tray, pastry tray, and cookie tray in our break room. I had a couple of pieces of broccoli and few carrots with some hummus. Then I had some pineapple, strawberries, and this baby banana. I have never seen bananas this small!
All week, the National Weather Center was predicting an outbreak of tornadoes and very severe weather in our area for Tuesday afternoon. It was so bad that many local schools and businesses closed early. After I got off work, Jeremy and I went to our neighbor’s to pump the water out of her cellar and get it ready in case we had to go in it. I am terrified of tornadoes!
Luckily we didn’t have to. The bad weather was supposed to hit between 3-4, but it didn’t until around 9. Jeremy had gone grocery shopping while I was at work, and he bought stuff for tacos. So, that’s what I fixed for dinner. It didn’t sound good to me, but I knew that I needed to eat something. I ate one, and it did not set well at all.
After dinner, we watched the weather, and the storm finally hit around 9:15. Our power went off for a few minutes and then kept flickering. The weather man kept talking about a “gustnado”. I have lived in Oklahoma my entire life and have never heard that term. It’s 60-80 mph winds. When the storm finally hit, there were no tornados in our area, so I went to bed.
Wednesday – When I woke up this morning and went to let Jake out, I was surprised to see that we actually did have a gustnado! My back porch was a mess, and several of our things had blown over the fence into the yard next door.
All around us there were trees down.
We spent the afternoon cleaning up the mess of trees and branches in our yard and my father-in-law’s yard. Now we get to have a bonfire!
My knee felt so much better today, and I almost went for a run. But, I thought I would let it rest a little while longer before I did. Instead, I did an arm workout that left me super sore! The good kind of sore! I got on Pinterest and found a couple of weight training workouts for biceps and triceps. I did two different ones.
I still had no appetite today. I don’t know what is going on with my stomach?? I ate a granola bar for lunch and some cereal for dinner. I know that’s not much at all, but nothing sounded good and I really never felt hungry. Since I haven’t been able to eat much, I have been making sure that I am drinking a ton of water and Gatorade.
I ended the day with 9,327 steps on my Fitbit.
Thursday – This morning when I woke up, I was finally hungry. I ate some yogurt for breakfast. I was busy at work and didn’t have time for lunch, so I grabbed a protein bar when I had a chance. After work, I took Jake on a 2 mile jog.
My legs felt really good! Then I did an ab workout. (You need to follow Barbara (blogilates_princess) on Instagram. She posts tons of short workout videos, and they all make you feel the burn!) After that, I stretched for a long time. I had 12,057 steps on my Fitbit today.
We had hamburger meat and tons of tortillas from Tuesday night, so Jeremy wanted tacos again. They actually tasted good and didn’t make my stomach hurt! We ended up going to bed around 11, but I didn’t sleep long. At 2 a storm blew in and it woke me up. It was thundering so loud that the windows were shaking and it was lightening like crazy! Then it started hailing, and my car was sitting outside at the dealership because we were having the oil changed Friday morning. Luckily, the hail wasn’t big enough to do anything. Then, the power went off. Jake was scared, but he wouldn’t get in our bed so I laid in the floor with him until 5 am when the power came back on.
Friday – I had the day off from work, so I was planning on sleeping in, but I woke up around 9 and went ahead and got up. I did some squats and a shoulder workout that I found on Pinterest. Then Jeremy picked me up so we could go get my car. When I got back home, there was a break in the storms, and I took advantage and went on a quick run. I am still nursing my knee, so I didn’t want to push it too much. Plus it was really hot and muggy!
After my run, I took Jake for a walk. We walked until it started getting dark outside. I was afraid the storm was coming. Actually, I was more afraid a tornado was coming because it got super still all of the sudden and we had been in a tornado watch all day.
We went inside and I quickly showered so I could be ready in case we had to go to the cellar. Thankfully we did not have to. All we ended up getting was some really hard rain for about 30 minutes and then the sun came out. I ended my day with 11,543 steps on my Fitbit.
It was kind of nice to not have scheduled runs this week. I didn’t feel stressed about making sure I got them done. It was extremely nice to not have to get up before daylight on Saturday to run! I kind of thought that once the marathon was over I would be a little depressed because I didn’t have a goal to work towards anymore. I even thought I may not be that into running for a while. But, it’s been the opposite. It just felt nice each day to decide if I wanted to run and how far I wanted to run. My dad and I also talked this week about some marathons in the future, and are deciding on when we want to do another one! I did sign up for a 5K next Saturday, so I will make sure to get in several runs this next week.
I hope you all have a great week!
In case you missed last week’s posts:
My First Marathon – race recap