Half marathon aftermath

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Icing my ankles and feet. So cold.
It was more painful than the run.

It’s been 24 hours since I ran my half marathon and emotional roller coaster is an understatement.

When I finished the run yesterday I knew I had to quickly replenish myself. I lost a total of 1 kg during that run and my Polar FT60 tells me that I have burnt 2300 calories during the run. I was told that it was very important for me to eat a good portion of carbohydrates and proteins. Plus I was suffering from dehydration so fluids was needed rapidly. I wolfed down all the apples and fruits I can find in my house as well as downed bottles of gatorade and mineral water. I topped it off with a delicious grilled salmon steak and vegetables.

Right now I seem to be in a constant state of thirst and am drinking constantly. I also feel a slow burning sensation throughout my whole body which is also a sign of dehydration. I will continue to drink water as well as replenish the salt and nutrients that is now missing from my body.

I seemed to have lost my appetite and eating is an effort. I don’t know why I don’t feel like eating. This is not good and I must discipline myself to eat in order to help my body recover. Otherwise the recovery process will take longer.

I also took an ice bath (actually my ankles and feet took the ice bath). It was so painful and my feet felt so numb. I am thankful I did it though as today my legs felt great. They still have some soreness and aches to them but no more than usual. That is good news.

My resting heart rate increased this morning. I usually take my pulse right after I wake up. In the last few weeks its been 60 beats per minute. This morning I woke up and checked and it had risen to 64 beats per minute. This is normal after an intense workout. It just means I have to take it easy for the next few days and I will not exert myself again until it goes back down to 60 beats per minute.

My emotions are in a different league of awfulness and stress. I am an emotional wreck and feel that I can break down at any time. I feel strangely sad and mournful. This combined with my feeling of lethargy and tiredness make me so moody. I knew running long distances has an emotional impact but I never experience it until now. My mind was so numb that thinking actually physically hurt.

I know it’s only a matter of time before I recover physically and emotionally. I should enjoy the experience as I am learning a lot more about myself in doing so.

The lessons I will take from this experience is to ensure a proper hydration strategy both in terms of fluid consumption but also in terms of cooling my body down. I should also have a post race pack of the appropriate food to be consumed immediately as well as at different times post race. The ice bath is a good thing though I have to find a way to cover my whole body instead of just my feet.

I have to also make sure that I don’t have any meetings or engagement in the 3 days after a long run. I had to have a corporate meeting where I had to present today. Though I did well in the presentation I can tell you I can’t recall what I said and what I presented. I was in cerebral automatic mood. Thankfully I am still lucid and didn’t make any insulting or embarrassing remark.

I need to start increasing my pace for running so that I can get a good time. I am more prepared now for that triathlon.

Would I do this again? In a heart beat. I’d do it now if I had the chance. It was one of the greatest moment in my life and I will remember it always.

If I can do it, you can do it too.

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