Monday, March 12, 2007

Umstead Marathon - Recovery Time

Wow, I finished the Umstead Trail Marathon. The official results aren't out yet, but my finishing time was around 3:58. That was a tough marathon. Umstead Park is a beautiful wooded area Raleigh, however there are hills, hills, and more hills.

The race was cool from the standpoint that there was a single track section for about 6 miles and the remaining 20 were on bridle trails. There is this one section of trail named Turkey Creek. Oh man, it was just up and down, nothing flat at all. This is where I saw a bunch of people walking.

I did meet some goals I had in the back of my mind for this race. One was to run the whole race. Next was to finish under 4 hours. I was able to do both which was a great feeling.

The whole vibe of the race was really a good experience. Since it was a local race, I knew a bunch of people and getting the shouts of encouragement were a huge boost of energy. This race while it was really tough, was in a strange way a joy to participate in. It just felt good.

Then to top things off the post race refreshments included Mexican food from Moe's. I tore up a couple of burros. Also the chiropractor I used to see during my training for IMAZ was there. He hooked me up w/ a post race neck and spine adjustment. I was able to stand up straight after that.

My legs are still somewhat sore. I bought 2 bags of ice on the way home from the race and took an ice bath. Whew, that water was cold! I could only last about 2-3 minutes at a time. I was so cold I was shivering. An ice bath is supposed to help your legs recover faster by reducing the swelling from all the micro-tears in your muscle fibers. I did better yesterday w/ another ice bath. I put on my wetsuit top and a beanie and lasted about 20 minutes. Much better. I'll probably take one more ice bath today as the recovery effect lessen over time.

Well that's it for now. I'll post some pics and the official results when they're available.


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