Monday, June 1, 2009

The Day After…

by Meghann on June 1, 2009

I had been warned sitting over 5 hours on an airplane the day after you run a marathon, is not a good idea. I was warned of lactid acid build up and overall soreness of immobile legs that want to be stretched out. All the stories made me very nervous to fly today. However, I am happy to report that sitting on the plane was just what the doctor ordered.

Besides a tight right leg, I feel great! My post marathon hobble is almost gone and I have even remastered leaning over and sitting up and down all by myself! I was expecting alot worse, but I’m not complaining. :)

Last night I ended up working on my race recap until 9:30! The program I use to blog was not cooperating and after some choice words and the urge to throw my lap top against the wall, I gave up. At this point I had been up since 3:45am, had ran 26.2 miles, not had a nap and was about to collapse from exhaustion. My Ecto still is not working and I am blogging directly from WordPress. Is anyone else having any problem with Ecto?!?!

The uncontrollable hunger I was expecting surprisingly never came, but I knew I needed to eat something. I grabbed single serving of Trader Joe’s Trek Mix Nuts and called it a night.

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I slept like a baby! It was a great well deserved slumber that could have gone on and on, if I didn’t have places to go and people to see. :)

I do have to admit the first step out of bed was a doosey. The back of my right leg was very, very tight but the left one felt great. We were told to meet the group down stairs at 7:00am, so my roommate and I took a nice walk to the gaslamp district to stretch our legs before the flight and get a good breakfast.

We ended up at the same cafe I had lunch at on Saturday. I ordered an English Breakfast Tea to help wake me up and was surprised to have it served in a big ole beer mug. :)

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With the tea I had an Egg & Veggie Sandwhich on Whole Wheat Bread with a little bit of fruit on the side.

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I was craving protein bad and finished the whole plate.

When it was time to head to the airport, it was great to have the opportunity to finally speak with the rest of my TnT group and share our marathon horror stories. Everyone had a unique view of the race and a great story to tell. I feel like I could rehash the events of the marathon over and over again! Everyone was stumbling around a bit and joking about which muscles hurt the worst.

A few of us were wearing our marathon shirts and medals with pride. The person at the ticket counter, the security personnel, and even the stewardesses all congradulated us on our accomplishments. You can’t help but feel so proud with all the praise people give you.

We arrived plenty of time before the flight giving me the opporunity to blog and wait in the overflowing line at Starbucks for a wonderful Grande Green Iced Tea.

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As soon as we boarded I had a small Peach to fill the fruit void I felt I was missing.

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My hotel roommates and I flashing our accomplishments. :)

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I started to feel rather empty towards the end of the flight and dug into one my cereal mixes to snack on.

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Unfortunately the granola was crumby and hard to eat so I left a good 1/4 of the bag unfinished. :(

The second flight was just as uneventful as the first. I stayed in the seat the majority of the time and kept waiting for my legs to start spaming or something, but it never came. I could not believe how normal I truly felt. Had I really just run a marathon the day before?!?!

During the layover I had picked up a Vegetable Sandwich to eat on the flight.

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This sandwhich was stuffed with Sunflower Seeds, Sprouts, Tomato, Cucumber, Jicama and a few other yummy veggies I can’t think of.

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It was a really great sandwich, full of wonderful fresh vegetables I felt I had been missing out on all week. It felt good to eat this!

A couple of hours later I munched on an Apple.

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I was sooo done with flying when we finally landed in Orlando at 6:30pm local time. And for the first time in a couple of days I felt ligitimately hungry for some food! My wonderful parents met me at the airport with Abbie and we made our way to Beef O’Bradys for good meal.

I ordered the Turkey Ruben with the dressing on the side, no butter on the bread, and broccoli on the side.

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I knew I really needed to get some protein in me and I felt the turkey would do the trick without having to put to much thought in it. :)

I shared my marathon war stories with my parents and enjoyed eating outside in the wonderful sun and heat. I missed you sun!

I was also very glad to be reunited with my Abbie! 

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I missed my puppy!!

I pulled out the Dark Chocolate Covered Edamame to let my parents sample and had a couple myself.

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After dinner I was ready to come home and crash. It has been a long exciting weekend and I can’t believe I have to go to work tomorrow! I am hoping I can also fix what ever is up with my Ecto program sometime soon. Blogging through wordpress directly has taken me well over an hour and that just is not going to cut it!

I do have my marathon video all finished and ready to post tomorrow morning, so be on the look out for that little surprise!

Good night!!

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