When I got out of the car, after driving 2 hours to get home, I couldn't believe how much different my body felt from just 2 hours prior. It seems that ever joint in my body, did not want to extend any more than it had during that car ride. It took a good 20 minutes of walking around to get my body semi loose again, though it didn't last long. That evening included a long shower, a lot of eating, a movie, and an early, well needed bedtime.
The next morning the stiffness was to a whole new level. Every joint all the way down to my toes were sore. This was a whole new type of stiffness. Walking around, there was a sharp pain coming from the outside of the bottom of my foot. My feet were completely swollen. The reminded me of and sometimes felt like sausages.
|My "sausage-like" feet a day after the race.|
|My "hobbit-like" feet on a normal day.|
|Recovery "Florida Style"|
I felt great through mile 7 and then I felt a sharp pain in my foot right where it had been the previous 5 days. I quickly stopped running and continued to walk the final 3 miles home. I didn't want to do any more damage than I had already just done. There was a sharp pain every time I took a step for that entire 3 miles. My stubbornness in wanting to be back on my feet quickly was to blame. I had to rest it.
Two days later, I was back to a slight irritation while walking. The next day, Monday, I decided to run again. This time I only ran 3 miles. At the end of my run the irritation was there, but it wasn't a sharp pain. It had only taken 9 days, but this was improvement I could work with. Tuesday I ran 4 miles with a little less irritation and Wednesday was 6 miles with barely any. I am glad I was able to correct my problem early enough for it not to effect my training for too long. I can see how easily it is to really injure yourself. Especially when you want to get back on your feet but your body isn't ready. I plan on continuing to slowly add miles until I am completely recovered. If that is such a thing.
Lesson Learned: Joints and tendons take a lot longer to recover than your muscles. Be patient with your body.