RNR Arizona: After the Marathon

Now that my race recap has been published, here’s what Mal and I did after the marathon:

Ice bath.

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Please note: I am getting into a bathtub full of cold water. Mal hadn’t even added the ice yet. He found the whole thing hysterical. I’m such a wuss.

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Once I had a beer in my hand, Mal dumped in the ice. It was painfully cold, but it definitely helped my sore muscles. I’m barely sore today!

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Drank beers.

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Ate food.

Mal and I shared a chicken pesto panini and some baked mac & cheese from the hotel bar. We had big plans to watch the Pats game at a nearby sports bar, but neither of wanted to walk to it after running 26.2 miles. 

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Went to bed.

We were supposed to meet up with some blog buddies for dinner, but Mal and I ended up climbing into bed around 7:00 pm. We were exhausted, but the feeling of accomplishment was totally worth it.

What are your post-race rituals?

74 Comments

  1. BRAVE woman!!! After one of my races I tried to do an ice bath and only got 1 toe in before I gave up. 🙂 My post-race ritual is often a muscle relaxer, massage and a swim the next day. Those all help.

  2. Oh gosh, those bath photos are hilarious! Well done to you guys for resting in your hotel. As someone who’s never run a race, and barely exercises (whoops), I think if I ran a race the post-race ritual would be waiting for the apocalypse 😉

  3. Eating is definitely a great post race ritual and I definitely “need” a beer or a glass of wine in the next 8 hours following. 🙂 You’re a brave soul for getting in that ice bath. I’ve never been able to do that.

  4. Ice bath….no kidding, saved my life. I would never run a marathon w/o an ice bath afterwards. I am going to try a beer next time too!!

  5. I think I made a big mistake in not icing after my marathon on Saturday. My hotel didn’t have a tub (just a shower), but I should have at least used bags of ice. I was pretty sore for the two days after!

  6. omg. The ice bath I took after my marathon was more painful than the marathon itself. If I remember correctly. And the next day when I woke up I could not move my body at all.

    love that your holding a beer in the tub though. Could you even enjoy it?!

  7. i hate ice baths too! i swear they give me frost bite!

    after a marathon i’m content to curl up on a couch with a big ‘ol burger! its become my tradition. 🙂

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