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 didn’t think it was a big deal because my knees never hurt on the bike (I have Runner’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 “over the hump” 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.
I’m hoping that another month of long distance cycling will help me strengthen my legs even more so I don’t have pain during May’s 100 mile race! But nevertheless, the pain was short lived, and I’m fine today. Biking is so much more gentle on your body than running. After my marathon, I couldn’t walk for days! But after a Metric, I’m fine. It’s awesome. 🙂
So, last night I just decompressed. I wasn’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), let’s share our most incredible race experiences – whether it was a 5K, 15K, or Marathon! If you’re a blogger, please share your race recap links, and if you’re a reader, describe the experience in the comment section! Go ahead, brag about yourself a little bit! 🙂