Ok, so I know it's not EXACTLY like giving birth...but those of you who've had kids you've gotta know what I'm talking about. After all the pain and effort you go through when you're in labor once you see the baby you forget about it all and relish in your new accomplishment. I feel the same way about this marathon. When I was going through it I thought to myself a couple times, "Do I REALLY want to do this again?" But, after I crossed the finish line and now that my legs aren't aching I'm TOTALLY thinking about which marathon I'm going to run next. I have a couple of Half Marathons I've been looking at for this year. My next full marathon won't happen for a year or so, but I keep thinking about all the fun medals I can get running. I know I'll never place in my age group or win any races, but I can get medals by running these awesome distances. :)
My legs are feeling good today. My feet feel great. Oooh, I forgot to write it, but how nuts is this...you know how most people get black toe nails and blisters and all that jazz when they run marathons? Well, when I got done with mine, I took off my socks and my feet looked amazing! I don't know if it was running that long in my wet socks and them exfoliating my feet or what, but my feet have NEVER been softer. It's crazy! Who woulda guessed that my feet would be better after the marathon than before. I'm sure all the body glide I put on my toes before helped moisturize them the whole time, too.
The next couple Half Marathon's I've been thinking of are The SoJo Half Marathon in September and Provo's Halloween Half in October. I know I'm prego and I'll be around 4-5 months by then, but I figure if I just keep on keeping on and if I don't push myself hard I'll be fine. I'll walk if I have to walk and I'll run if I feel like I can run. My biggest fear is that I'll get back into the mindset I had with all the other pregnancies and just eat whatever I want, not exercise a lot and get back into the 220's by the time I deliver. My goal this time is to stay under 200 and keep running a race every month. Right now I'm around 173, so I've gotta be careful. I think it's doable, though.
I need all of your help to keep me on track! Especially all you momma's that have continued to run through your pregnancies. I'm gonna need tips!