- The night before my race, I ate a chicken salad from Cafe Rio. I ate this salad the night before almost all of my long runs. I never really planned on eating it pre-run; it just always happened that way. I didn't dare change things up the night before the race, so when I made my hotel reservation I also researched Cafe Rio locations.
- I ate a banana and about half of a peanut butter and honey sandwich on the way to my marathon. I had to force myself to eat because I didn't have an appetite that early in the morning.
- The race was very organized, from the two minutes it took to pick up my packet to the aid stations that were never out of anything.
- The expo was small and didn't have anything worth waiting in line to see with two tired little girls.
- I loved the first half of the race, which had very few spectators but beautiful scenery. I may change my mind once I have other experiences to compare it with, but I enjoyed the quiet of the first half of the race and didn't mind the lack of spectator support.
- I did cry. Around mile 25. I just wanted it to be over. By this point, there were a lot of spectators and I felt pretty stupid crying and walking, but I was emotionally exhausted and frustrated that I wasn't as physically exhausted as I had planned on being at this point in the race.
- The sense of accomplishment as I crossed the finish line made me want to sign up for another marathon then and there. But I also have to admit that feeling was also the result of wanting to see what I can do when I don't have an injury slowing me down the final seven miles.
- I wish I had taken more pictures at the end. And I will work on my post-race pose for future photo ops.
I'm sure there are more, but I'll quit before too many people stop reading. As far as future running goes, I had physical therapy again yesterday. We did some stretching and worked my legs and core. My abs are feeling it today.
We are really focusing on my core because my PT said it is common for runners to have leg and knee pain if they don't have a strong core because the legs have to compensate for pelvic instability. There is a core workout in the February issue of Runner's World, and it says strong abs can help improve form, reduce injuries and make you faster. It has been interesting to learn more specifically how this is true.
My PT didn't have me do the running test on the treadmill, and I forgot to ask him about it. I don't know if he plans on doing it tomorrow. Whatever he has planned, it will be interesting because my girls will be tagging along. Every time my PT asks about my schedule, I tell him it is pretty open and I just have to work around finding a babysitter. And every time I say that, he tells me over and over just to bring my kids. He can't be totally oblivious to the reality of what that means because he has two boys, ages 4 and 2. But I still think it will be interesting.