When I pulled up to the driveway, I could see signs taped to the side of the house. Jerry made a few "welcome home" signs for me:
I love the Chuck Norris one! Anyway, it was good to see Jerry and the cats. Phoebe was mad at me for a little while and wouldn't let me pet her. But later, she was very cuddly. She missed me ;)
I've been in a terrible mood all day today, and I know exactly what is making me
My legs feel 100% back to normal, and I honestly feel like I could go out and run another marathon right now (hypothetically, of course); but I really want to give my body the rest it needs to recover. I went for a leisurely walk with Jerry this afternoon, to try and get a little exercise, but it didn't do anything for my bad mood. The fall colors are gorgeous right now, though! It was so nice outside today.
I didn't do my Wednesday Weigh-in today. Ever since the race, I've been pretty puffy--my rings are tight, and my whole body just feels like I'm retaining water. Running that distance does weird things to my body, and I expected that; I was also craving salt like crazy for the past few days, so my sodium intake has been much higher than normal. I didn't want to step on the scale, see a large gain, and then feel discouraged, so I'm going to give myself a few more days of being back in my routine before I look at the scale.
It's kind of interesting, actually. In the weeks leading up to the race, I was craving carbs like crazy! I couldn't get enough bagels, pasta, rice, sweets, etc. And ever since the race, I've been craving meat and salty foods. Even the day of the race, I didn't splurge on a dessert--I splurged on a margarita and Mexican food, which is pretty unlike me. I always choose dessert over anything else! I think maybe my body was craving the carbs for the energy to run, and now protein to repair my damaged muscles.
After yesterday's post about the Hansons Marathon Method, a couple of people asked me what marathon plan I recommend for a beginner, since I think the HMM would be a very tough plan for a newbie. I've only tried a few plans myself, so I can't say from experience what is the best one out there. But the Hal Higdon Novice plan is a good one. That's what I used for my first marathon, and a lot of people use it for their first. I did end up injuring my knee during that training, but I'll never know if it was the fault of the plan or if it was bound to happen regardless. Thousands of people use that plan with success.
Another thing people asked me was how I liked the Flip Belt. This was recommended to me by a lot of readers, and when I saw them at the expo in Chicago, I had to give it a try! I put my phone in it, jumped up and down, and ran in place, and it felt very comfortable. I was sold. I bought a black one for $25. When I got back to my hotel, I loaded it up with my stuff, and ran around the room with it. It felt great, so I decided to wear it during the race. The guy at the expo said that you don't actually have to flip the belt inside out so that the openings are on the inside; he said that even with the openings on the outside, nothing will fall out.
The first picture shows what the belt looks like without anything in it. It's a stretchy fabric in a loop that you step into and pull up around your waist (there aren't any open ends to fasten). The second picture shows the little pockets (there are four--two in front and two in back). You slide things inside (I have them sticking out halfway so you can see them, but you would put them in all the way).
For the race, I loaded the belt up with my iPhone, two packets of Gu, and two and a half packs of Shot Bloks. I put my phone in front center, the Shot Bloks over each hip, and the Gu in the back. It was super comfortable, and I was thrilled that everything fit. I left the openings facing outward, because it was easier to get my stuff out that way.
I'm actually wearing the belt in this picture, and you can see it doesn't add much bulk:
As I was running, I absolutely LOVED the belt! It was super comfy, and it didn't bounce. I didn't have any issues with it until mile 20 or so when I realized that I was missing a full pack of Shot Bloks--they'd fallen out. I was bummed, but I had enough with me, so it wasn't a big deal. I think if I had flipped it so the openings were on the inside, I wouldn't have had that problem. But the guy at the expo promised me that nothing would fall out!
I'm still very happy that I bought the belt, and I'll definitely use it instead of any other belts I have. I'll just remember to flip it--hence the name, Flip Belt. They come in five different sizes (if I remember correctly): XS, S, M, L, XL. I bought a small, which said it was for size 4-6, and it fit pretty true to size. If anything, I thought I probably could have gone down a size just to make it extra tight against my body. (This is not a sponsored review; I paid for the belt, and just wanted to share my thoughts. But here is a link to the website, if you're interested in checking them out).