I can't speak highly enough of the ice bath experience. Directly afterwards I felt "OK," in lieu of "as slow as a hurt turtle." The day after I was a bit sore -- but hey, I ran 26.2 miles! And today, two days after, I am feeling OK.
One day after my first marathon I had to take the back stairs out of my work and OUCH!!! I thought I was going to die! Today, however, 2 days after my second marathon, I purposely took the back stairs and had NO PAIN. Hooray! A big thank you to Shirley for encouraging me so much to do the ice bath!
Would you believe that my Garmin time matched the official race results exactly? Yep!
So all is well today. I am looking ahead. I am enjoying the "downtime" and pondering the future! A coworker asked me if I'd do the same marathon next year. As of now my answer is no... only because there are several other marathons that I can do as a St. Jude Hero... and why not experience all there is to enjoy? Austin, Atlanta, Chicago, Marine Corps... the list is long!
I can't thank everyone enough for all of the encouragement. You guys are amazing!