Oooww, that hurts (but it was totally worth it)

Кunning peopleю

This morning when I woke up I could hardly move. Every muscle, tendon, and cell was screaming at me, competing for attention along with every inch of chaffed skin (and let me tell you, I’m chaffed from my neck to my toes). But despite all this pain, I woke up with a smile on my face. Why? I remembered that somehow, I survived another marathon.

Ah, marathon season.   It really is the most wonderful time of the year.  Yesterday was my first marathon of 2010 (The Flying Pig Marathon in Cincy, OH ) and I’ve decided that there’s nothing quite like lining up with 19,000 of your closest friends; everyone thinking the same thing at the exact same time, which is, “what the *+&%*$ was I thinking?!?”.  There’s nothing like waiting in the pouring rain for the gun to go off and being soaked from head to toe before you even run a few feet, let alone 26.2 miles.  And there’s nothing like the comfort of knowing that while non-athletes might think you’re just a wee bit crazy to take on such a feat, there are others running along side you who are just as mental as you.

So for all of you readers gearing up to compete in a full or a half or a sprint or an international or even the full monty this year, we at Swim, Bike, Run, Eat! salute you and wish you the best of luck with your training and racing. And being nutrition nerds from head to toe, we’d like to remind you to load up on that carb, pay attention to your fluid status, aim for the lean protein, and look to us to send helpful tips and tidbits your way.