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Post-Race Ramblings

by Carilyn on May 22, 2012

Since my race report yesterday was soooooooooo long (and full of post-race delirium induced typos), I thought I’d spare you another novel.  So, here a just a few post-race observations, good and bad.

The Good:

1.  Snowballs make great recovery food.

2.  A post-race massage is the BEST. THING. EVER.  Okay, after a post-race shower.  I only wish I had gotten one from a therapist who is also a runner, like Olga, so that I could have gotten my legs worked on more.

3.  If you don’t kill yourself in a race, you can actually SLEEP afterwards – yay!  Normally, after races, I can’t sleep for a few days.  Without redlining this time, I was able to sleep like a baby after the race – Heaven!

4.   Not only did I NOT lose a toenail, I didn’t even lose any polish!  (I’d show you another picture, but I think y’all are getting tired of looking at my monkey feet).

5.  My “I will never run another ultra again as long as I live,” mentality only lasted about 4 hours this time.  That is a record.  Usually, I swear I will never run another one for about a week.


The Bad:

1.  I forgot to put Glide on my thighs, and my legs are super chafed – I look like someone has been beating me with a whip.

2.  Every time I see the bag of PayDays in the cabinet, I want to hurl.

3.  My favorite trail shoes are trashed, and my sponsoring running store doesn’t carry Montrails.  I have to order some pronto to get them before the WS training runs this weekend.

4.  My face is actually peeling from the stupid sunburn I got during the race.  I’m dreading being out in the sun for 3 long runs this weekend.  I have to figure out something to protect my face.

5.  I still haven’t found anyone to follow on the way up to Auburn for the training runs.  It’s a 6.5 hour drive, so I would really like some company.  I better get busy.


What have you learned post-race that has stuck with you?  Anything odd or funny?


Happy Running!




{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

olga May 22, 2012 at 11:49 am

Girl, common over, I’ll give you a massage any time!!! I read your report this morning, then got caught up in work and running club business, so forgot to comment, but CONGRATS! Way to get through, and in one piece! No toenail loss is an attribute to either no crazy downhills or well fitted shoes – probably a combination of both. Something neither of which I have a luxury of:) Loved the mannequin vs skeleton battle! Now, get on a train, visit awesome Memorial day camp, and get busy tapering!

Carilyn May 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Thanks, Olga! And I hadn’t even thought of the train! I’m going to check that out!

Char May 22, 2012 at 2:24 pm

It sounds like your body has held up really well. It’s such a pity your masseuse didn’t give your legs more attention. After I did my one (and only) marathon my physiotherapist friend offered me a massage and it was amazing. She knew all the right areas to hurt. The chaffing sounds awful though. I hope that settles before this weekend.

Carilyn May 22, 2012 at 3:14 pm

I know – I still haven’t found a great “running” masseuse here. I like them to really dig in!

Marcia May 22, 2012 at 7:10 pm

No muscle soreness after a 100k? I have no words! Mmmmm Snowballs!

Carilyn May 22, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I love SnoBalls! 🙂

Kent May 23, 2012 at 3:51 am

Congratulations on a fine run and an even finer post about all of it. I love your honesty about struggles, mistakes etc. I LOVE Snoballs! Its been awhile since I’ve had any and to think that now I have an excellent excuse to go get some. I’m really excited for you as you ramp up for the big race.

Kate May 23, 2012 at 4:58 am

That’s awesome you aren’t feeling sore. Speaks wonders for your training. Bummer about your poor legs and face, though. 🙁 Now off to read your actual race report! 🙂

Carilyn May 23, 2012 at 9:42 am

Thank you, Kent! I’m super nervous, but hoping it all works out. And definitely get some snoballs!

Carilyn May 23, 2012 at 9:43 am

Thanks, Kate! My skin is recovering little by little 🙂

Sarah May 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm

That makes me feel better knowing that you swear off ultra’s too! Nice job on your race!

Carilyn May 23, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Every single time, Sarah! My husband just laughs at me 🙂

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