A lot of people have been asking me how I’m feeling, so I figured I’d talk about how I am doing what transpired so far AFTER the 50 mile race.
How to Get Your Teenage Son to Tie Your Shoes
My boys were awesome about helping me out on Saturday night and Sunday. They were so proud of me that when I asked for help, both of them tied my shoes for me. They actually fought over which one of them was going to do it, so they each ended up doing a shoe. (hahaha…we’ll see if THAT happens again!)
Aside from the typical post race shuffle, waking up the next morning had me feeling slightly like I had been hit by a truck. My back was sore (kind of expected this due to wearing the hydration vest for 12 hours), but so was my chest. I was also coughing much of the day. This all ended by Monday night and was really not as bad as it sounds. (Plus Jen and I both had this issue so I figured it was normal!)
We stayed in Ithaca Saturday night so that we could spend Sunday checking out Cornell University. Cornell is Eli’s dream school. He wants to wrestle there and study astrophysics! The campus was really cool. The buildings were very unique and there was a trail with a waterfall right by the campus!
Then we went to the Shoppes at the Ithaca Mall so that Eli could buy some Cornell gear. Eli was my little sidekick the entire time. He wrapped his arm around my waist and helped me hobble around the mall entire time!
By Monday night I was walking and getting around much better. Yesterday, HUGE improvement, and today I feel practically back to normal. I have been sleeping a lot though!
I did some cycling at the gym today and attempted to lift a little bit but I felt too tired to proceed. I’m going to stick to walking, stretching, and rolling. I’ll try again with the cycling in a few days and hopefully I can get back to lifting soon because I miss it! I have to remember that my whole body is basically trying to repair itself!
I was HUNGRY and eating a ton of food that I usually don’t but I didn’t care!
I had a pulled pork sandwich, corn on the cob, and cookie at the finish line. Then a short time later I had 2 slices of pepperoni pizza and a whole carton of Halo Top Ice Cream. Sunday I had to get out of bed before everyone else and hobble to the lobby of the hotel to eat at 6:30 am because I was starving. Other runners were there too, and they were easy to spot because we were all shuffling around the same way. I had an egg and sausage sandwich and two cinnamon buns. For lunch we stopped at Wendy’s and I ate two bacon cheeseburgers, a medium Frosty, and fries. When we got home Sunday night Hunter made me 3 scrambled eggs and Eli made me toast. Then I had cereal. Hunter told me I was eating like a teenage boy. My husband did the laundry, unpacked, and put all of our things away when we got home so that I could crash on the couch.
This week I’ve still been eating a lot more than usual but craving a TON of fruit, vegetables, and protein. I guess my appetite will get back to normal eventually!
How I’ve Been Staying Busy
As a teacher it’s been nice because school is officially out, so I’ve been able to catch up on my sleep and rest. I’m not good at doing that for too long though! The boys and I had some errands to run and went out for our annual kick-off to summer breakfast at a local diner on Tuesday.
I’ve also been watching YouTube videos of ultramarathons and getting some more inspiration for the next BIG goal. . .
Devil Dog Ultras
Jen and I are going to do our first 100 miler this December! It scares the crap out of me and that’s exactly why I need to do it. I couldn’t imagine even thinking about it, let alone running it, without Jen. She has always wanted to do a 100 and I have slowly come to the realization that I do too. I really, really want this. Now that I’ve tackled an insane 50 miler, this goal seems even more attainable. It IS completely new territory, that’s for sure, but I really cannot wait to get started on our next journey!
If anyone out there has any tips, advice, words of wisdom, or stories to share regarding 100 mile races, I’m all ears!