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Steamtown Marathon: The Aftermath

Monday: Waking up the morning after was not entirely fun. As a matter of fact, just rolling over in bed was a chore. I had the expected muscle soreness in my thighs along with pain in both of my ankles. I was not able to walk without limping, and going down stairs was virtually impossible. 

     I went to NEPA Fit Club just to keep moving. I contemplated cancelling but Mike was able to decrease his expectations to my ability level (except for the request for me to do rear-foot-elevated split squats. 

     I did go to work for 1/2 a day but was not very mobile or productive. I was exhausted by 7:00. Despite wearing compression sock for the day, both of my ankles and feet were swollen. My right achilles was super swollen and painful. My appetite remains off and I have been experiencing some stomach discomfort. 

Tuesday: My thighs are still sore but by the afternoon I was able to walk down a flight of stairs without holding on to the railing for dear life. Both of my ankles are still pretty swollen. On a positive note, my stomach feels back to normal and I am starving.

Wednesday: Gradually improving with my ability to walk and navigate stairs. My left ankle is less swollen but my right achilles and ankle remain markedly swollen. I treated myself with some dry needling, mobility with compression, and ice with compression. I also put the compression sock back on.  

Thursday: I can walk down the stairs without holding on! My resting heart rate remains elevated compared to pre-race levels. 

Friday: Back to NEPA Fit Club. They actually let me pick up some weight today.

Saturday and Sunday: My achillles is still swollen and tender to touch, but I have no pain with activity. My left ankle is no longer swollen but I have occasional pain with walking. 

Monday: My resting heart rate is back to normal. It only took a week!

Tuesday: I went back to the YMCA and was able to play basketball pain free. Imagine that: I can sprint and jump without pain but jogging in a straight line was excuisitely painful. I guess that's a sign... I either need to run in basketball sneakers, or JUST STOP RUNNING. I guess time will tell.

Stay tuned for what I learned from doing my first (and only?) marathon.....

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