Catching up on weekend posts?
Good morning! :) I was quite nervous that I would feel terribly sore from climbing all those hills on my bike, but I feel awesome. My left knee was also a major concern. Ashley and my Dad pointed out to me during the ride that I turn my left knee in as I pedal, creating a little circle (instead of an up and down movement).
I didnâ€™t think it was a big deal because my knees never hurt on the bike (I have Runnerâ€™s Knee, which is why I wear those braces when I run). But by Mile 50, my knee was definitely hurting.
My knees rarely hurt during runs anymore, and my theory is that I figured out short-term solutions to my knee pain, which got me â€œover the humpâ€ and strengthened my knees and quad muscles to the point where I can run without pain/the need to ice. However, my Dad thinks that a hilly Metric Century was past the point of my muscle strength, which is why it began to hurt towards the end of the race.
Iâ€™m hoping that another month of long distance cycling will help me strengthen my legs even more so I donâ€™t have pain during Mayâ€™s 100 mile race! But nevertheless, the pain was short lived, and Iâ€™m fine today. Biking is so much more gentle on your body than running. After my marathon, I couldnâ€™t walk for days! But after a Metric, Iâ€™m fine. Itâ€™s awesome. 🙂
So, last night I just decompressed. I wasnâ€™t very hungry for dinner and just had a slice of PB toast with a Cherry Chocolate Bomb smoothie (1/2 banana, raw spinach, 1 cup almond breeze, frozen cherries, Nesquik, 2 tablespoons brown rice protein). And then I slept for 10.5 hours!
Pancakes, glorious pancakes!
I subbed out 1/4 cup of pancake mix (out of 1 and 1/4 cup mix, for the Husband and I) with 1/2 cup Grape Nuts cereal. The pancakes tasted so good as a result!
With 1/2 a banana, strawberries, and maple syrup on top.
In honor of Marathon Monday (the Boston Marathon), letâ€™s share our most incredible race experiences â€“ whether it was a 5K, 15K, or Marathon! If youâ€™re a blogger, please share your race recap links, and if youâ€™re a reader, describe the experience in the comment section! Go ahead, brag about yourself a little bit! 🙂