Monday, October 26, 2009

Post Marathon Workouts/Dealing with IT band issues.

I would have to admit that I finally feel totally recovered from the marathon. Yes, it has taken 3 weeks, but I blame it on my new workout video and from being sick, having sick kids and as a result- no sleep. I was terribly sore for about 3 days but by the end of the first week was feeling pretty good. I spent quite a bit of time stretching and rolling my IT bands. That was my main concern. I was frightened that I was injured again and would be starting all over. So I decided to go out for a walk and just see how everything was feeling. I really hate fast walking, I think it hurts worse than running so after about a mile and a half, I just started running. I kept it pretty slow but after my quads started to feel it, I knew I wasn't ready to jump back in just quite yet. Still it ended up being 6 miles and it felt good to get off my lazy butt and do something. And the fact that my knee didn't hurt terribly was a big plus.
The mental part of recovering is still coming. The more I think about it, the more I'm convinced that I'm just not made for marathons. I know it's a little self pity going on, but when I think of all that time training and then think about the resulting day it just gets to me. I think I was better right after. Maybe the horror of feeling that badly and just being able to finish has diminished and all that's left is that stupid time. I know, I know. But it still is bugging me. And the thought of another one is just not there anymore. Maybe it will change. My husband is sure it will, but if not, it will be o.k. too. I don't have to be a marathon runner to still be a runner.
The last few weeks have been focussed on strengthening my lower half and stretching. I can still feel my knee a bit so I've been icing and rolling my whole lower half. I can really tell a difference. I am refusing to wear my IT band straps anymore. I don't know if they were cutting off my circulation to my calves and that's why I had problems, but I know I was using them as a crutch. I want to get them totally healed and not have to use them anymore. On a vain note: they make my knees look fat.
My friend Raigon sent me a DVD a couple of months ago. I promised her I'd try it out after the marathon. It's a killer. It's no beginner workout and I don't know if it was too soon after the marathon or if I'm just totally out of shape, but the just the warm up about did me in. It's a kickboxing DVD called KickMax. There are 3 main components to the workout. There is a combination section where punching and kicking are put together, a blast section that has plyometrics, and then a leg conditioning section. It's all concluded with a yoga style stretch. It's a really good workout. I've just now been able to get through the whole video though I'm modifying during the 2nd and 3rd sections. I really like it because it's challenging and I don't see myself mastering it for a while. Plus I really like kickboxing and I think I'll try to memorize some of the combinations to do out on my punching bag. There's just something about physically hitting that bag that I like. My body hasn't been this sore in a while and it feels good. The first week I felt like I couldn't even walk or sit down but each day has gotten a little better and I can finally sleep on my shoulders again without waking up with sore arms. I've been able to keep running, although it's been a lot less mileage. I've run 6 miles the last two Saturdays and 3 miles two other days for the last two weeks. It's been just right. Maybe this will be the Saturday for a long run again.

Check out a portion of the video!


Michael said...


I can soo relate to your state of mind. I was completely bummed out and embarrassed with my Toronto Marathon time. After all the training, hills, speed, gym, core, yoga, weights, spin, carbs, carbs, carbs, frankenfood.... I ended up with a completely unsatisfying time (read all about it folks on See Mike Bomb). The self doubt (and, let's face it, the self-pity) play a toll.

I received an email from an old friend after he read my recent blog post. He's about my age (53 in case your wondering.. old, I know) and his last part, which I quote, sticks with me:

"My finish time bothered me for a few days.
Then I thought- How many people my age could do what I just did? Don't know about you (OK maybe I do) but I'm going to do this as long as I can.".

The last sentence rings truth.. "do this as long as I can". I will do this as long as I can because, simply, I can. I know, I know, dribble from an old sentimental guy, but I will get back at 'er in the next week or so. I'll do it for me.

Jen, take some time to recover, chill, re-evaluate. Don't write off marathons just yet.

As another firend of mine says..."enjoy the run wherever it takes you".

Cheers Jen,


Tall Girl Running said...


Your previous commenter really hit the nail on the head. I was at the same place you are after the '08 Ogden marathon. I was frustrated, disheartened and just plain burned out on the idea of running marathons. It took a full year before I even wanted to try again and even then it was with tentative apprehension.

I think you're doing a great thing by finding another workout you love doing. I'd bet the change in my pocket you'll come back to running with vengeance... but only when your mind, heart and soul are ready for it. Until then, don't feel pressured. There's a time and season for everything.

Running's in your blood. Whether it's to run a marathon or just run for the love of running... you'll be back. :-)

The Hoyt's said...

That dvd is awesome isnt it??

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