My legs felt SO incredibly sore on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday this week following the marathon. I felt like Jose Canseco had loaded up on steroids (more than usual), then bashed my legs with a baseball bat. But by Wednesday they were starting to feel better. And by Thursday, I was able to go out for a slow 30 minute jog and felt good.
Yesterday I ran six miles with Mel, and other friends Logan, Shelly, and Mel C. I felt really sore afterward and think I went a little faster than I should have. I need to take it easy for another week to give my body a chance to recover.
I keep thinking about how difficult the last six miles of the marathon were. It felt like I was on a treadmill: I was running as hard as I could, but I wasn't moving anywhere. My legs were so tight that it was hard to move. To give you an idea of how I felt, check out this video.
Warning: this will inspire you and make you cringe.
The difference? These guys were finishing an Ironman! They had already swam 2.4 miles, biked 112 miles, and ran 26 miles. I had only done a sissy marathon. But...the fact remains - this is an idea of how my legs felt.