(Pictures are a little gross so don't scroll down if you have a queasy stomach)
It's been exactly one week ago today that I went on this fun, yet crazy adventure of running/walking 46 miles.
I'm not posting this for any sympathy. It's strictly for my own learning purposes for when I decide to do something like this again. Clearly, I chose this crazy adventure all on my own. I guess I would be stupid to think I wouldn't have aches and pains. What surprises me most though is I thought the residual muscle pain was going to be the worst part and that I wouldn't be able to walk for days. Yet, that was the easy part in comparison to the following. I've tried not to complain too much or too loudly over the past week but I did learn a few valuable lessons.
#1 WEAR SUNSCREEN
It's been a full week of non-stop aloe vera and also spraying vinegar on my legs, yet they are still sore, red and blistered and now peeling. I can't wait for the itch to start!!
#2 IF MY TOE STARTS TO GO A LITTLE BIT NUMB CHANGE MY SHOES SOONER.
Yes, I'm a little concerned about losing this toenail. I've never experienced this kind of toenail pain so I'm just waiting to see what's going to happen.
#3 WHAT MAY FEEL LIKE A ROCK IN MY SHOE REALLY ISN'T. PUT ON A BANDAID OR SOME MOLESKIN PRONTO!
Blisters are the least of my worry but it's there and it's a nuisance.
With all that being said I was able to get a few workouts in starting on Thursday, five days after my adventure. And believe me, I was chomping at the bit to get out there.
*Thursday I ran 1 mile and did 60 minutes on the stair climber
*Friday I ran 2 1/2 miles and walked 1 mile on the treadmill
*Saturday I ran 3 miles and walked 1/2 a mile and did 60 minutes on the stair climber
I'm slowly working back up my mileage. I've got the Thanksgiving Gardens Half Marathon coming up in just 3 weeks and hope to be completely healed up in time for that.