In addition to the quads and shoulder soreness I also have some angry, stiff calves. Tomorrow I hope to do 2-3 REALLY easy walk/run miles to help me recover and loosen-up.
I found the splits for each half after I posted my race report. 1st half my pace was 10:17 (I had planned to run no faster than 10:30 for the first 10-13 miles). 2nd half it was 11:40. Ow. What I should have done was stuck to 10:30-10:45 for the entire race. This is likely what I will do for #3 in Grand Rapids in Oct. I may even set my Garmin to yell at me if I go faster than this pace, at least until the last few miles...though I don't foresee negative splitting at any time in the near future.
Today I decided to bail on a Memorial Day gathering an hour away...the thought of sitting in the car for an hour each way sounds unpleasant. Especially since I would be driving (hubby had an organized bike ride this AM and early PM). My legs don't think working a clutch sounds like a fun time.
Instead I have been going through race day photos. Some are fairly flattering--like this one taken by my 8 year old son (the same kid who was desperate to pee in the above photo), but others are downright horrendous and really illustrate the fact that I am still carrying 15-20#s more than I should be (I could lose 25-30 and still not be underweight). Weight that is slowing me down and making for race photos that cause me a good deal of embarrassment. Seriously, how does someone log a few 50 mile weeks and GAIN weight (and it's not muscle, folks...my fat pants are snug).
It's really time to invest in a full-length mirror. Most of the time I can only see the bottoms of my legs in a wall mirror we have leaning against the wall on the floor of our bedroom or from the shoulders-up in the bathroom mirror. I am not often able to see my arms, butt, and thighs until I am in a fitting room, and then it's too easy to blame horrid lighting for my figure issues. Denial ain't just a river in Egypt...
It's also time to stop using the excuse "I'm training for a marathon" when I overdo it on the food. The eating is causing me to lug more weight around as much as it's giving me fuel. I really felt the impact of just a few pounds after the above photo was taken (during a bottle hand-off around 15 miles or so in). The bottle only weighed about 20oz., but I was astounded by how heavy it felt compared to the empty one I exchanged it for. It was painful swapping that one into my hydration belt. A bottle weighing less than a tenth of what I would like to lose made me feel noticeably weighed-down. It caused me pause more than just about anything else...
I've read that a person can gain 3 seconds of speed for every pound they lose (assuming they don't change anything else in their training or go below their healthy weight range). I could potentially drop a full minute off of my pace. But it would certainly work out to be an even bigger advantage than that--if I could simply run faster in day-to-day training I could run more miles in the same amount of time...more miles = more speed, too. Perhaps I could run 55-60 miles/week in the same amount of training time. That, too, would increase my pace (and be easier on the joints). I gotta do this.