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After many, many hours with my butt glued to the couch, I finally managed to peel myself out of reclining position and take James for a walk.  We did about 0.5 mile at a steady pace.  The ONLY thing that truly makes me feel normal after a long run (I cannot believe I ran 22.0 miles this morning) is to move my legs.  And foam roll, which I also did.

 

Then… it was back to the couch.  πŸ™‚

 

I did rise a few times to re-fuel:  I had raisin cereal with rice milk for snack number #1:

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Snack #2 was 1/4 of a melon, which I just eat off the rind using a spoon.  πŸ™‚

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Snack #3 was another portion of French bread with cream cheese.  Carbs are my friend.

 

I realized I was lacking in the vegetable department, so for dinner, I made a vegetarian stir fry.  I used a Teriyaki Ginger sauce to stir-fry some eggplant, beans, and mushrooms:

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And then I added cooked brown rice and let the flavors simmer together.  The result was DIVINE!

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I need my BED!  I never napped and am positively exhausted.  Sleep is a key part of long run recovery, so it’s going to be an early night for me!

 

PS – Just ate a Glo Bar! I am so hungry! πŸ™‚

 

Random question: What position do you sleep in?  I sleep on my back with a pillow under my knees.

{ 64 comments }

 

  • Meghan@traveleatlove December 16, 2009, 8:46 pm

    Congrats! Walking is so important. I went for a slooooww 2 mile walk the day after my last Boston Marathon, and the next day my soreness was gone. It was the key. That and staying in bed until 2 pm πŸ™‚

  • Courtney December 16, 2009, 8:46 pm

    I have what my hubby calls my “sleepy position” On my left side, knees pulled up. Nighty night!!!
    Great job on the long run!!!
    Courtney
    adventures in tri-ing

  • Yasmin December 16, 2009, 8:48 pm

    On mah belly is nΓΊmero uno.
    Followed by fetus position (:

  • Justy2003 December 16, 2009, 8:48 pm

    Awesome long run today! Congrats! You are going to do amazing in the marathon…it’s so close!
    I sleep on my side…usually I fall asleep on my left side.

  • Tonyne @ The Unlikely Success Story December 16, 2009, 8:50 pm

    I sleep on my stomach with one leg pulled up, which is hell on my back, but no matter which position I fall asleep in, this is the one I end up in.

  • Jackie December 16, 2009, 8:54 pm

    I sleep on my side spooning my hubby…yes I take the “man” position and hold him while we sleep ha!

  • Abby (Nibble, Nourish, Run) December 16, 2009, 8:58 pm

    On my back. Can’t sleep any other way!

    Way to go on the run today! I’m impressed you’re still awake – I would have passed out by now!!

  • Babycakes December 16, 2009, 9:00 pm

    I too sleep on my back with a pillow under my knees! However, I also sleep withOUT a pillow under my head. Weird I know, but it’s the only way I’m comfortable πŸ™‚

  • Christy December 16, 2009, 9:00 pm

    I usually sleep on my back with my hands under my pillow πŸ˜€ Just anyway but on my sides!

  • Lindsay December 16, 2009, 9:02 pm

    I cannot fall asleep on my back, I always have to lay on my side facing the wall, weird I know, and with my legs bent and curled up a bit!! VERY SPECIFIC right!!

  • Evan Thomas December 16, 2009, 9:05 pm

    I sleep on my stomach, usually facing the right.

  • marie December 16, 2009, 9:07 pm

    Corpse position-flat on my back with my arms crossed on my chest. No, I don’t know how in the world I started doing this. :-0

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 16, 2009, 9:14 pm

    I sleep on my back – after tossing and turning on every possible side.

  • Jenna December 16, 2009, 9:15 pm

    i sleep fetal position on my side, i switch off from my left to right!

  • Wendy December 16, 2009, 9:21 pm

    Haha, I think it’s funny how specific everyone’s sleeping positions are, mine included! I usually fall asleep on my right side half turned onto my belly, with pillows tucked under my belly and behind my back. The pillows are a remnant from my pregnancies, and I don’t sleep well without them. πŸ™‚ However, when I have the chance to wake up naturally, I often find myself flat on my back with one arm over my head.

    Sleep tight!

  • Sam (Merit to the Carrot) December 16, 2009, 9:21 pm

    I sleep curled up on my right side with my hands tucked under my cheek πŸ™‚

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite December 16, 2009, 9:22 pm

    I’m usually a back sleeper.

    Get some rest! Good night.

  • Julie December 16, 2009, 9:24 pm

    I’m a stomach sleeper with my legs in a flamingo position, one leg straight and the other one bent up.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) December 16, 2009, 9:24 pm

    I fall asleep on my stomach with my leg propped up to the side. But I always end up sleeping on my back with my legs on a pillow because that’s how I wake up every morning.

  • Karen December 16, 2009, 9:25 pm

    It’s funny to hear about how other people sleep! I sleep on my stomach with my arms wrapped around my pillows. I switch which way I face throughout the night.

  • Jen December 16, 2009, 9:26 pm

    I have this strange thing about having weight on my stomach (I’ve been known to read in bed with a 5 lb. hand weight resting on it!), so I sleep flat on my back with a body pillow stretched out over my body from my shoulders to shins. πŸ™‚

  • Sarah Jayne December 16, 2009, 9:28 pm

    Yummmm to your stir fry. You had me at “teriyaki Ginger”.

    Very funny how intense some of these sleeping positions are!! Haha! I sleep on my right side, spooning a pillow, with my arms both out πŸ™‚ I’ve been told in the past I’m a bit of a bed hog!

  • Carolyn December 16, 2009, 9:31 pm

    I think I mostly sleep on my left side. My hair dresser said she knew that because the hair is longer on that side of my head. Apparently if you sleep on one side the pressure stimulates your hair follicles. Who knew?

  • Lee December 16, 2009, 9:31 pm

    I sleep on my stomach. Usually with my head turned to the right. Sometimes I sleep on my side, also facing that side.

    I always have to be on the right side of the bed. Not sure why. Even when we’re not in our bed, I always sleep on the right side.

  • Amy December 16, 2009, 9:33 pm

    Way to rock your run today lady!

    I sleep in the ‘bed hog postion’. Stomach, with legs spread wide.

    I’m classy like that. πŸ˜‰

  • Jerilynne December 16, 2009, 9:33 pm

    Caitlin, this is why I love your blog. Sometimes you just NEED random, silly conversations like this!

    I used to never be able to fall asleep on my back, I don’t know what changed, but now I can and it’s very comfy.. yet I usually always wake up on my right side curled in a ball anyway!

  • whitney December 16, 2009, 9:33 pm

    awesome job on your run. I usually sleep on my stomach I think. I toss and turn alot throughout the night.

  • ashleigh December 16, 2009, 9:40 pm

    the next time i buy melon i am eating it with a spoon! i am pretty sure 90% of the reason i don’t buy them anymore is because i hate cutting them!

    i sleep on my stomach but i move around a ton and sometimes sleep on my back or side.

  • Tiffani December 16, 2009, 9:43 pm

    I fall asleep on my side and wake up on my tummy…or sometimes on my side with a puppy in my arms πŸ™‚

  • Graze With Me December 16, 2009, 9:44 pm

    These are so fun to read! I sleep either on my right side or my stomach, with one leg pulled up tight to my body. I have no chest at all so sleeping on my stomach is extremely comfortable. I also have to have my head on the pillow but my shoulder has to be underneath it. Weird.

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) December 16, 2009, 9:49 pm

    Sounds like a great recovery day! That stir fry looks yummy!
    I like to sleep on my side – with extra covers stolen from Mr BBB of course hehe

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal December 16, 2009, 9:49 pm

    Wow just read your 22 miler recap. What a run!! You girls are amaaaazing.

    That stir fry looks delicious. Great combo πŸ™‚
    I think I usually sleep on my stomach…not so great for the ol’ back or face.

  • Kristie Lynn December 16, 2009, 9:59 pm

    I sleep curled up on my side – the only exception being if I have back pain; then it’s on my back for me! Yummy looking stir-fry you came up with.

  • Matt December 16, 2009, 9:59 pm

    I sleep on my stomach or curled up in a ball.

    Nice job on the 22 miles πŸ™‚

  • Karla December 16, 2009, 9:59 pm

    Sounds like a bunch of yummy eats! Glad you’re resting πŸ™‚

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) December 16, 2009, 10:03 pm

    Seriously, I don’t even understand how you can MOVE after that long of a run, forget taking your dog on a walk. Rest up!

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) December 16, 2009, 10:11 pm

    Totally a side sleeper πŸ™‚

  • Janna (Just Flourishing) December 16, 2009, 10:14 pm

    Yes! Way to refuel. I ordered glo bars last week and am eagerly awaiting them!

    Have a good sleep girl!

    I sleep on my side.

  • Kristine December 16, 2009, 10:26 pm

    Good for you for resting your legs. You totally deserve it!

  • Ashley December 16, 2009, 10:30 pm

    Back with a pillow too!!! Sometimes I’ll go on my side and have to put the pillow in bt/n my knees. I used to be a stomach sleeper but it hurts my neck when I wake up, so the back w/pillow is best =) 22 miles daaaang girl!!!

  • Heather ODonnell December 16, 2009, 10:51 pm

    Random question about eggplant….I have always peeled it before cooking, but it looks like you left the skin on. And do you salt it prior to cooking to ‘sweat’ it?

    • Caitlin December 17, 2009, 8:59 am

      so funny story – i chopped up the eggplant (with skin) and was about to add it to the other veggies (which were already cooking) when i thought “OMG! i forget to salt it.” but then i looked at the sauce and it sooo much salt in it that i thought it would basically be fine after cooking – and it was! thank god.

  • Britt (Runnerbelle) December 16, 2009, 11:04 pm

    I sleep on my stomach… lately with my right foot outside the covers, as I wear a big ol’ boot thing on my right foot for my plantars fasciitis.

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) December 16, 2009, 11:17 pm

    I sleep on my stomach or side usually. I have never slept with a pillow under my knees before!! I am going to try it!

  • Ashley December 16, 2009, 11:33 pm

    I usually sleep on my side. Sometimes my back, but never my stomach!

  • Laura December 16, 2009, 11:59 pm

    On my stomach, head facing the right, left leg hiked up, and my arms curled under my chest. This is a fun little comments section! On that note… off to bed…

  • Leah @ L4L December 17, 2009, 12:14 am

    On my right side!

  • Brittany December 17, 2009, 12:22 am

    I fall asleep on my side with one leg bent like a flamingo, yet always wake up on my right side.

  • Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run December 17, 2009, 1:34 am

    I would be STARVING if I ran 22 miles too!

    I sleep on my stomach with my right arm under me : )

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad December 17, 2009, 3:10 am

    On my side-totally in the fetal position. Or sometimes on my stomach.

  • rungirlrunn December 17, 2009, 8:04 am

    On my stomach with my leg bent all weird up by my side.

  • Maura December 17, 2009, 8:13 am

    One time, I believe at a Sleepy’s mattress store with my roommate. I was looking at this pamphlet which told me since I sleep on my stomach I was a cold and self-centered person. I read it out loud because I like to think of myself as the exact opposite and my roommate and I had a good laugh together. Next thing I know, the store clerk is saying “yah, that makes sense” with a deadpan face. We were so freaked out that we left immediately. lol. Needless to say, I sleep on my left side now πŸ˜›

  • Traci December 17, 2009, 8:27 am

    Awesome 22 mile run! I want warmer weather here in Boston. This cold makes it so hard to want to lace up the running shoes and hit the road. Wind chills of ZERO are not nice! Any great job on the run.

    Sleeping: Always sleep on my right side, with a pillow between my legs. Helps my back. And I really don’t move. Wake up in the same position.

  • Nicole December 17, 2009, 8:42 am

    I sleep on my side, hugging a pillow. I always need to be holding onto something when I’m falling asleep. I like to sleep facing the wall, but my right shoulder is kind of messed up and I can’t always sleep on it. Sometimes on my stomach with my hands under the pillows!

  • Christie @ Honoring Health December 17, 2009, 8:43 am

    Hoooray on your long run! You are going to rock the marathon in a couple of weeks!

    I used to sleep on my side all the time but I am starting to like sleeping on my back as well.

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat December 17, 2009, 8:48 am

    I am usually a side sleeper but roll around a lot, most often onto my stomach with one leg up, ha ha.

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels December 17, 2009, 8:57 am

    wow congrats on your 22 . . . your post even sounds tired!

  • brandi December 17, 2009, 9:03 am

    that’s so funny!

    I sleep on my side in the fetal position, mostly.

  • Erin December 17, 2009, 9:15 am

    22 miles sounds completely unimaginable to me but you can do anything you put your mind to!

    I usually sleep in the fetal position although I always wake up on my back…

  • Anne Marie@ New Weigh of Life December 17, 2009, 10:10 am

    The husband hates it, but I sleep on my stomach with one leg straight out and the other up against my knee. It’s so comfortable!

  • Guen December 17, 2009, 10:29 am

    I try to fall asleep on my back because it is better for alignment. If I’m really tired I can stay that way all night. To train myself to stay that way I hold my husband’s hand when I got to bed. I know, so cheezy. Usually I wake up on my right side with my knees tucked in.

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing December 17, 2009, 11:10 am

    I sleep on my stomach with a nest of pillow surrounding me. Very finicky sleeper!! hehe.

  • Amber@theminimalistdiaries December 17, 2009, 12:11 pm

    I used to sleep on my stomach in full on frog position. Since it’s winter now and I feel bad making my dog sleep on the floor (I’m a softie I know!) there is not enough room for me to sleep like this. Now I sleep on my side spooning my puppy πŸ™‚

  • Danielle December 18, 2009, 8:32 pm

    I’m a side sleeper – usually on my right side.

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