“A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.” - Walt Disney
Did you miss Part Two: The Race? Check it out here.
My makeshift ice bath.
During training, I had a lot of success using ice baths after my long runs to aid in recovery, so I knew that I wanted to do something similar after the marathon, but since Carrie and I were sharing a room, neither one of us wanted to wait on the other to take one before we could take ours - so I came up with the solution of hopping in the pool! After all, it was just footsteps from our hotel room door, and it wasn't heated - so it would definitely do the trick! So I took off all my electronics (errr...except the heart rate monitor which was under my bra strap that I'd forgotten about...oops!), hobbled over to the pool, and not-so-elegantly slipped in. It was definitely cold, but exactly what I needed! After a few minutes, mom came out and sat by the pool to keep me company. I stayed in for about 40 minutes, and I even did some underwater leg stretches while I was in there - something that "hurt so good."