Weekly Wrap: The Calm After the Race

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! 

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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! 

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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. 

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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. 

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All around us there were trees down. 

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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! 

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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.  

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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!

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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. 

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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

5 ways marathon training affected my body

For this weekly update I’m linking up with Holly of HoHo Runs and Tricia of MissSippiPiddlin for their Weekly Wrap. I’m also linking up with the other Weekly Wrap bloggers.

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21 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap: The Calm After the Race

  1. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Glad to hear recovery is going well. I’m heading over to read your recap now!

  2. Alison

    Glad you didn’t have as bad of weather as you were expecting! I heard on the news all week that they predicting a ton of tornados and hail. Good luck on your 5k next week!

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      I’m so glad it didn’t get too bad! I really really hate tornadoes! Thanks! It should be fun!

  3. HoHo Runs

    What a crazy weather week you had. I’m happy to hear you didn’t have any damage or real tornadoes. It must have been nice to not have a planned out week and just run whenever and however you wanted. Thankfully your appetite returned and you no longer feel sick. That was really weird. I’ll be interested in hearing what you choose as your 2nd marathon. Enjoy another restful week! Thanks for linking with us Tara!

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      Thank you for hosting! I’m thinking about the Route 66 in Tulsa. What did you think about the course? Is there a lot of “rolling hills”? 🙂

  4. Laura

    Isn’t it funny how wonky your appetite gets after the race? You would think you would be eating everything in sight for days but that has never been the case for me! Usually all I can stomach is simple carbs for the first few days. Congrats on your race!

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      That’s good to hear…I was starting to worry that something was wrong with me. After most of my long runs I have had no appetite either. Thank you! 🙂

  5. lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    Jake is the perfect workout buddy. I love taking my yellow lab for walks and runs. They are so fun!

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      They are, and he keeps me active! He won’t let me skip a day. LOL

  6. Pam

    Wow, you are recovering really well from your marathon. I always take two weeks off from running and then add it back slowly. However, I do cross training instead to allow my body rest from the pounding. Tornadoes are really scary and it looks like you had a few close calls. Those trees that were blown over are really sad looking. Fierce wind can really do a number on landscaping/trees/shrubs.

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      I thought about taking off at least a week, but once I sat around for a few days I was ready to run again. But, that’s a great idea and just cross train. It’s probably what I should have done so I make sure my knee is okay! I absolutely hate tornadoes! I am so ready for summer!

  7. Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    Glad you’re starting to feel better stomach wise. I didn’t know that people lost their appetites after a marathon. I’ve heard of like super hunger for two weeks after but that’s really interesting!

    Glad no tornados hit!!

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      That’s what I had heard too. I figured I would be eating everything in sight! I just think my body doesn’t handle that much running that well. Hopefully it will adjust so I can do another one! 🙂

  8. Ana

    Sounds like a good recovery week. I did my first Marathon last Sunday (4/24) and I was very hungry the 4 days after, so I cannot imagine having a stomach bug and not being able to eat! That sounds awful! I hope you are feeling better!

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      Congratulations! What marathon did you do? I am feeling much better now, thank you!

  9. Tricia Vaughn

    So glad to see that you are recovering well after your marathon. Eeeek! Your a Marathoner! Can you fully wrap your brain around it? I still couldn’t after mine.
    I’m glad there wasn’t too much damage around your house from the storms. I’ve never heard of a Gusnado either. Thanks for linking up with us Tara!

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      I can’t wrap my brain around it. It doesn’t see real at all! I even put a sticker on my car this weekend and it still doesn’t seem real. I guess it will sink in one of these days!

  10. Jenn

    Ugh, that cellar looks awful! I hate hate hate tornadoes. We don’t have them often, but we also don’t have basements (because Florida) or a public warning system, so it’s pretty scary to me.

    So glad your legs were feeling good after the race, but I wish your stomach didn’t trouble you for so long. That stinks. Sounds like you are getting back to yourself, though, so enjoy getting back to running!

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      That cellar is awful! Lol but I’d be in it quick if a tornado was coming…I’m trying to talk my husband in to putting a new cellar in our garage.

  11. Meagan

    I’m glad recovery is going well! I wouldn’t be surprised if you had something outside of running going on with your stomach, since you felt sick halfway into the week. So scary that y’all had so many strong storms during the week! We have had that this past week (hard rain, thunder/lightning, a little hail, and 40 mph winds). I wonder if it’s the same system? I’m glad y’all never actually had a tornado touch down! You definitely have enough tree limbs for a bonfire for sure now.

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      I am so ready for the bad weather to be gone, but the forecast next week is showing more storms! I hope they miss you!

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