WOW, I feel like I have been in a long fight and lost! I have never been this sore or tired after a race, not even Chicago. Yesterday was so bad that after hobbling around the grocery store and eating lunch, I took a nap. For those of you who know me, I have to be in BAD shape to take a nap mid day with it being gorgeous weather outside (50s in december, YES YES YES). I even popped a few advil as well, and even that didn't touch the pain. I am not sore like injury sore, more just I used every muscle in my body for 10 miles sore. My hubby at one point yesterday looked over at me hobbling around and wincing and asked, why do you do this to your self ? He is an on again off again runner, but never has raced, so he truly doesn't understand. Even though I am in pain, I am still smiling about how much fun that run was and planning on my next one.
The worst part probably? My toes. Gross picture alert! Don't scroll down if you don't want to see some gross toe photos! You have been warned!
The first pic is from that day. I had these huge blood blisters on both big toes from my feet getting wet and then rubbing for about 9 more miles. The second pic is from last night. I tried popping them and nothing came out, so I gave up. I don't see any running happening for a few days till these get better. I am talking with my trail nerd friends to figure out how to not have this happen again as they were pretty painful. Any advice is welcome! I plan on doing more of these runs for sure and would like less pain this next time if I can avoid it! I don't have issues with blisters or calluses during road races unless it is marathon or raining.