One Week Later… Post-Marathon Thoughts

It’s been one week since a multitude of runners descended upon the streets of Washington D.C. and participated in the Marine Corps Marathon/MCM10K. Personally, I wish I was back in D.C., exploring around, drinking all the vanilla lattes I can get my hands on (and revisiting Georgetown to have a cupcake or five!). Alas, I’m in Edinboro, on my couch (with a knee brace on my right leg), watching some kind of snow, sleety wintery mix fall down outside with Big Bang Theory on in the background.

I’ve had time to reflect upon last weekend. Here’s what’s been going on in my brain:

I feel very lucky: A lot of people whose blogs I have read or posts I have perused mention a myriad of injuries they had sustained during a marathon. The first couple of days were nothing but stiffness and general soreness (aka Penguin Mode; waddling side to side just to get anywhere). Now, a week later, I can walk with zero pain, and most of the pain has disappeared. However, my right knee is giving me a lot of problems, especially if I have to utilize stairs. Pinterest and internet research indicates that it’s my MCL that’s causing the pain (to be more specific, a grade one injury since I can still walk on it without falling down). Also, my two big toenails are starting to turn a splotchy purple. I’m reeeeeally hoping that they don’t fall off.

What the hell is this runner’s high that people speak of? If you read my recap, you’ll know that I entered a world of runner grumpiness pretty early on and it only got worse as the race progressed. After the race, I was still pretty moody. And the day after that…and the day after that….and the day after that… Seriously, I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I should be feeling elated and on top of the world after accomplishing the greatest athletic feat of my life. Nope. Still moody and grouchy. (A busted MCL and snow in the forecast doesn’t help.)

Holy crap….I actually survived and finished. I lived to tell the tale!

Would I do another marathon? Absolutely not. Not unless you wanted to pay off my student loans…all six-figures of it.

Good food makes me happy. I went grocery shopping last night and excitedly bought all the healthy foodies. I also bought some Milano cookies as a treat (mint creme and holiday peppermint). Usually, I’m a cookie monger, but I wasn’t really feeling them, especially the mint ones. I was also mentally calculating the individual vs. economy size versions of food and which would be the better bargain. (Ex. A single Chobani yogurt vs. the 32 oz. version. Hint: the 32 oz. wins…but I bought a single apple Chobani as a special treat.)

BITS for BIBS: I received an email from EnergyBits as part of their BITS for BIBS campaign. All I had to do was submit a photo with me wearing my bib (I chose my Beat the Bridge picture), order more Bits, and in turn, I’d get a $50 swag bag and get a little PR on Twitter/Instagram and placed on a promo card! I thought that was the coolest thing since sliced cheese, so I submitted my stuff. There will definitely be a runDisneyBelle Review when I get my stuff in.

Anyone else have post-marathon thoughts? Good luck to those running the NYC Marathon this weekend!


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