First Post-Marathon Workout + Other Odds and Ends

Happy Friday!

I can’t wait to cheer on everyone running Chicago this weekend – including my coach who is aiming to pace her friend to a 3:20 BQ and my friend Cori who will be gunning for a 3:35 finish! Running that fast must feel like flying!

To think this time last week I was getting ready to fly out to Portland and now I’ve been a marathoner for almost a full week!

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Last night I did my first post-marathon workout. My legs are already starting to itch for a run, but I’m taking a full week off. Next week I’ll ease back into running with a couple of short, easy runs done completely by feel.

Yesterday I ended up going down to the gym and doing a few moderate intervals on the elliptical and a couple of miles on the stationary bike followed by some serious stretching.

Earlier in the day Cecil was all, “mom, stop complaining about being sore, just stretch your legs like this.” The move really helped loosen up my calves, thanks cat!

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I will ask Cecil to put together a full stretching tutorial video to help everyone out after their big fall races.

Speaking of which, while I was at dinner with my girlfriends on Tuesday night Adam potted the tree seedling I got for finishing the Portland Marathon. This is the text he sent to let me know it was potted!

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I love my finisher’s medal, but this tree seedling really is the BEST thing I could ever imagine getting from a race. We’ve been looking up tips on how to really help the little three thrive and grow here in Florida.

Speaking of things that came to Florida from up north, yesterday I sported my LeBron James shirt for the first time since “the departure.” You know why? Because marathoners don’t have time to be sad/mad that LeBron left! ; )

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Marathoners think it’s fine that King James went back to Cleveland and wish him the best — but still hope to crush him in the game on Christmas Day.

You betcha I’ll be watching the preseason Heat vs Cavs game on Saturday. I know pre-season games don’t mean anything, but it’s still must see TV for this Heat fan!

What are your Saturday plans? Anyone going to a football game this weekend? 

26 comments

  1. Lou @ Running Through China

    Happy Friday to YOU! That is an awesome idea re: the seedling! I too hope Cecil doesn’t eat it. 🙂
    Umm, I am WORKING on Saturday, boo…. This is because we had a ‘holiday’ earlier in the week, so now we get to work the weekend. Wtf…???
    Really impressive how well and quickly you have recovered and are already working out! That’s awesome. 🙂

    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Oh no, another Saturday work day? That stinks! At least you have been getting those mid-afternoon breaks to nap 🙂

      PS: Be sure to give us more details on your possible secret event soon!!! I’m dying to know what it is! 🙂
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  2. Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    So my husband is from Cleveland and he was SO mad when Lebron left. I remember the night that the announcement was made the threw all his jerseys in the trash. He is still pretty upset about it even now that he decided to go back!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      LBJ is sure good at toying with people’s emotions! I bet your hubby will get over being upset when the Cavs are in the conference finals (against the Heat) this year 🙂

  3. Jennifer

    Happy Friday! The tree seedling is too cute!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Right?! We measured her and she’s 4 inches tall right now, can’t wait to watch the little seedling grow!

  4. The running Schlub

    Marathoner for a whole week, that’s awesome. I would seriously count the days “I’ve been a marathoner for 100 days” lol.

    Way to ease back into the training, your body will thank you for it.

    10k race this weekend, not sure what type of time we are looking at since we have been focused on long runs but should be a good time regardless
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Haha, I may or may not sneak the word “marathoner” into conversation every day for the next year! Hope you and the wifey have a great 10K this weekend. Let me know how it goes!!

  5. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    A seedling is an AWESOME piece of marathon swag. Leave it to the awesome earthy people on the West Coast to come up with that. I like how you are approaching your workouts/resting during this week post marathon. Tomorrow I want to do a “long” run… 8-10 miles!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I think the little event booklet I got at the marathon said that the race has been responsible for the planting of 11,000 trees over the years! The city is so environmentally conscious, it’s great!

      Enjoy your long run!!

      1. Megan @ Meg Go Run

        Wow and it makes sense to do something like that to make up for all the resources used to put on a race. Like all the water and cups and things like that…
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  6. Jess

    I love the seedling idea! Do you know what kind it is? Nice job getting a low impact workout in – I bet it feels great to stretch the muscles and work out the kinks.

    This weekend I’m actually heading to your (general) neck of the woods this weekend – to Florida! I’ve had this trip to Orlando with one of my best friends planned for several months. Our only plan is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Jess! That is SO FUN! I went with my best friend a couple of years ago and loved it – I am a total HP geek – I hope you are too! I’ve read the series more times than I am willing to admit! ENJOY!

      The workout was seriously just what I needed. I woke up this morning and all the soreness from the marathon was gone. Getting the blood moving last night did the trick!

  7. cheryl

    The seedling is a unique race gift. I got many saplings from joining the Arbor Day Foundation several years ago, and they are now waist high…
    I am glad that you are resting and easing back into things slowly–it is the BEST way to avoid injury.
    I have BIG game plans this weekend. With my kids–1 soccer, and 1 volleyball game tonight. 1 soccer, 1 xc meet, 1 football game tomorrow. Sunday–the Patriots 1pm…I am looking forward to all of them! I wonder if the Chicago Marathon is on cable–if so, that too!
    Have a great weekend!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      What a fun, active weekend you have planned! I can’t wait until my friend’s kids get a bit older and I can go watch them play sports. I’ve gone to one soccer game so far – but it was made up of 4 to 5 year olds so it wasn’t that coordinated : )

      So cool to hear that your saplings have grown so much! So far our little tree seedling is 4 inches tall. I can’t wait to watch it grow!

  8. Nessa @ Ness Runs

    You must be SO sore, I think it’s probably the best idea to take a full week off!
    Saturday plans are a speed session at the track and then a friend’s birthday party 🙂
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I was DYING the first 72 hours after the marathon (really the first 48 hours were the worst, the third day wasn’t AS bad), but today I am feeling great! The little gym session definitely helped shake my legs out! 🙂

  9. Lizzy

    The seedling is so cute! What a fun idea.
    Congrats on your marathon finish! Your race recap and “what I learned” are super inspiring, and not dark at all, just real.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Hi Lizzy, thanks for reading! I’m glad it didn’t come across as too negative. I wrote it when all my emotions were still really raw. The more I take time to reflect on it, the more happy I am with my performance. I truly believe with the 700+ feet of elevation gain that I did the best I could since I trained in really flat south florida. It was hard to process any type of reason immediately after 26.2 but now I am thinking a bit more clearly 😉

  10. Margaret

    Cats are the best at stretching. 🙂

    First weekend of half training, planning on a 10 mile run on Saturday for the first time in… quite a while. Should be interesting.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Looking forward to reading about it next week!

      Isn’t it awesome that you can START half marathon training with a 10 mile run? Very nice!

  11. Kim

    HaHa – love that Cecil is showing you how to stretch! I think a stretching video featuring Cecil would be awesome!
    Glad you are taking time to rest your marathon weary legs!!!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      He’s thinking about getting his yoga teacher certification 😉

  12. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    Sounds like the perfect first workout! Honestly I’m relieved the rAce didn’t make you feel burnt out because I’m scared I might feel burnt out at the end!! I want to finish wanting to still run, too!!

    Cecil looks like a stretching pro..Which really is what cats are all about!

    1. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

      Ps, that tree text is killing me!!!
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  13. Karen

    Awww, your tree seedling message is so cute!! Cecil is so cute too 🙂 I am glad to hear your recovery is going so well!!
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