So this has been, by far, the most sore I've been after a race. Or maybe I just don't remember well how I felt after the other races. Either way, I spent the day yesterday limping around, wincing and gasping a lot. After we went to church in the morning, both my husband and I took a nap for about an hour in the afternoon, which felt good, but I woke up feeling just as sore. Pretty much every muscle in my body is aching and stiff. I could easily take an unforeseeable amount of days off from all physical activity...;) Of course, that's not really how I am.
This morning the kids are home from school, since it's Labor Day. I decided to go to the park and do a little walking just to get my muscles moving and warmed up. I put Nicolas in the jogger and Sophie rode her bike along side me as we walked for almost 4 miles, about an hour and 10 minutes. I actually do feel better now. I just need to keep moving because as I sit or lay down, even just to stretch, I start to feel the soreness more intensely.
I really don't like this post-race period. I always feel in a rush to get a new training schedule and get a new goal. I have a hard time just relaxing and basking in the light of the accomplishments I've made so far. For right now, my husband and I have a tentative plan to do a half-marathon together in November. It's a local race called the "Just Cuz Half Marathon", which is sort of a fun-run type of race and involves dressing up in costumes and things like that. This year the theme is super heroes, so if any of you out there have a suggestion for a cool female super hero costume that would be conducive to running 13.1 miles, I'd love to hear it!