As soon as we got home from the marathon on Sunday, we ordered pizza and I devoured about 5 slices. Since then, I've made and consumed chocolate chips cookies, wolfed down some Godiva chocolate, blissed out on Skinny Cow ice cream cones and basically inhaled everything in sight. It's been awesome. But now I think I'm done. Granted, I ate a 3 Musketeers Bar about twenty minutes ago, but that was totally it. I bet I won't even touch the heart-shaped chocolate chip cookie cake I made E for Valentine's Day when I get home.
As I've been eating though, I've been thinking about how much I want to be running, swimming, biking, yoga'ing...sweating. This week is my official week off - no guilt about not training, diet, etc. Just enjoy the mellow aftereffects of a good marathon. [Side note, I'm already thinking about the next one. Any suggestions?] And it's kind of nice being able to agree to a guilt free happy hour with coworkers (no thoughts of, I should really be home running), making plans with family or not having any plans at all. Which is also rather fantastic.
Mostly, I'm glad I've come out of the marathon feeling even more motivated than before. It still hasn't quite sunk in that I ran a marathon, but I do feel tremendously empowered and so much more confident in my abilities. Somehow, I finally feel like an athlete.
On another topic, I'm looking to find a good pair of post-run and/or casual flip flops (or shoes). I've been looking at the Orthaheel Kinect, but does anyone have any suggestions? Being Florida, flip flops seem the most sensible choice, and with my job and in general I spend a lot of time on my feet. I need more support!
Finally, for your viewing pleasure, crossing the finish line at the marathon: