I’ll be writing up a full recap of my weekend race, the Cleveland 10-Miler, but in the meantime I thought it would be fun to share the immediate thoughts running through my head after the finish.
Running a Race
- Where’s the water?!
- Yes! I’m finally done. No more running.
- Where’s the food?
- Ugh, I’m not even hungry. I just ran 10 miles.
- I guess I’ll eat a banana. They are included in my race fee.
- Hey, my legs feel good. I’m hardcore!
- Ugh, we have a half-mile walk back to our vehicle.
- Let’s take pictures!
The Ride Home
- My legs feel great. That was awesome.
- When’s the next race?
- Yikes, it was a bit rough getting out of the car.
- I’ll feel better after I shower and eat.
- Yay! I finished 10 miles. I want to tell all my friends on Facebook.
- Drink some refueling drink. Now I’m getting hungry.
- Best shower ever. Yes! Warm water.
- Food. I’m so hungry!
- (Lay down to read and relax. Try to get up one hour later.)
- Ahh! My legs!
- (Hobble around and realize I need RICE — Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation)
- (Spend rest of day RICEing my knees and feeling like an old woman.)
Running a Race
In essence my post-race thoughts are a variety of highs and lows. While I have run 10 miles a few times before during half-marathon training, this was my first time racing the distance, and like any other race I gave it everything, pushing myself hard and coming out with my best 10-mile time yet.
However, similar to my recovery from the other longer distance I have run, the half-marathon. My knees were killing me a few hours post-race. What is up with that? I can only assume some remnants of ITBS strain or runner’s knee, but I’m really not sure. I implemented RICE immediately and am already feeling much better.
Has anyone else experienced knee pain post-race?