Wednesday I blew off my scheduled 9 miler in favor of a one hour deep tissue massage on my legs and hips. It felt awesome, and I immediately noticed a difference in my hip when I got off the table. I noticed a bigger difference the next day when I woke up and could walk almost normally! Best money ever spent.
|What a Friday Night during Marathon Training looks like...jealous?|
That didn't mean I wasn't incredibly nervous about Saturday's long run. 18 miles would be two more than my most recent long run, I worried about my hip, and it was supposed to be a hot day. Sooo nervous about this one! Out of my tiny pace group of 6, only me and one other girl could make it to the long run! I'm so grateful she was there, though--we kept telling each other repeatedly throughout the run that we never would have made it X many miles without the other! The miles ticked by fairly quickly in the beginning, and I was sooo relieved to feel just some minor tightness in my hip flexor that I was able to keep totally under control with some stretch breaks throughout the run.
We chatted pretty much nonstop through the first 12 or so miles, then began to quiet down as the really work began. The sun was up, it was hot and humid, and our legs were starting to feel it! Around 14 miles, we picked up another woman who had fallen behind her pace group, and that added some fresh spark to our conversation. We plugged along for another two miles...at 16 everything started to reeeeally hurt. Feet, calves, IT bands, hips, EVERYTHING! Those last two miles were KILLER! At the request of the group, I went into full-on teacher mode, giving pep talks and "power wooshes" to the other two before we got ready to start each run interval. I hope it helped them, but it helped me too to be depended on for teh positive attitude! As a youngest child/only girl in the family, I can be a little whiney...I definitely kept my attitude positive for the sake of the group. :)
|Got each other through 18 miles!! |
(Why are my eyes so squinty...oh probably because they are filled with salty sweat...)
|Post-Run amazing beverage: ice, chocolate milk, banana, PB blended. YUM.|
Later that afternoon, I went back for ANOTHER deep tissue/sports massage, this time a 90 minute session! I swear, that therapist was a godsend. She worked sooo deeply into my hips, lower back, and legs, even climbing up on the table a few times to get really deep pressure! At the end, she stretched out my legs, and it felt amazing. I could tell the difference COMPLETELY in how my legs felt after the massage and the next morning. I'm still sore, but just the "good" sore; nothing feels screwed up in my legs like it had the last few weeks! Lesson learned = massages are worth every penny if they will get you to the starting line!!!
After this weekend, I feel so. confident. about this marathon. I am EXCITED, and I know I will be READY!!! What a great feeling!
Tell me about your training! Did you run this weekend?