I really can’t believe it has been two weeks since Boston. It actually seems like three weeks, so I am not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing. All I know is that I still think about what happened that day A LOT.
Physically I’ve been recovering quite well from the marathon. I can tell I was able to recover more quickly after this marathon compared to some of my first marathons. (Boston was my 5th marathon.) It took me about 5 days until I was able to go down the stairs without intense pain. (A big accomplishment!) And then by the 6th day I was no longer was sore at all.
The week following the marathon, I only ran one mile in Maine five days after the marathon. Last week I ran a total of 10 miles, which is very minimal, but I DO NOT want to get injured again, so I’m taking it easy. My highest week of running before the marathon was 40 miles, so I did 25% of this mileage last week and plan to run 50% (20 miles) this week.
I ran 3 miles this morning and felt really good—no hamstring or right glute pain, so I hope that continues. I did have some soreness in my left glute from the fall off my bike on Saturday, but at least I know that wasn’t running-related.
Emotionally it is taking a little bit longer to heal from what I experienced that day in Boston. Like I said earlier, I can’t stop thinking about the tragedy. Obviously being there made for some pretty intense emotions that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I still often think about those who are still recovering or those who lost loved ones. I pray for a speedy recovery and healing for all.
I am so encouraged by the runs/marathons/training runs in honor of the marathon and the bombings that happened that day. My friend, Lacey, ran 26.2 miles within the last two weeks in remembrance of the tragedy. (Lacey, did you make it?) Plus, there are the t-shirts, fundraisers, etc. that help those who may need financial assistance.
(The infamous Citgo sign at mile 25.)
I’ve had several people (in real life) ask me what my next race will be.
As far as my next marathon? I’m not sure. The road race marathon in Alaska (or more specifically the Anchorage area) are pretty limited. There are two major marathons—one in June (Mayor’s Marathon) and one in August (Big Wild Life Runs). I usually wouldn’t consider doing a marathon two months later, but I am really itching to do Mayor’s again. (I ran it in 2011.) I am not going to commit to the race and sign up yet because I don’t know how my body will recover, but I am definitely going to keep it on my radar. Maybe I could do it as a training run?? Okay, I take that back, that would never happen. If Mayor’s doesn’t happen in June, then I would most likely run the Big Wild Life Run’s marathon in August.
As for my next race, I’ve committed myself to the Twilight 12K on May 31. I ran this race last year with my sister when she was in Alaska staying with us for a month. Craig ran the 6K, which he is going to do again. I have several other races I’d like to run this summer, so I’m sure I will be racing quite a bit this summer. (It is my only time to race, so I have to take advantage of them.)
Did you do anything to commemorate the Boston Bombings?
What is your next race?