The past week has been quite frustrating, to say the least.
In my Delaware Trail Marathon Race Report, I forgot to write about the wicked blister I developed on the inside of my right big toe during the race. I popped it later that night, and suffered the consequences for the rest of this week. No pics because nobody wants to see that nastiness.
After resting Monday, I ran 5 insanely painful miles on Tuesday, thanks to having basically an open wound on my toe. Then, I played volleyball and things didn't get much better. My blister no longer hurt, but it turns out, squatting for an hour straight and lunging on the floor to save points is NOT recommended in the few days following a marathon. Plus, it was our last game so we played a bit more intensely than usual.
Normally, we're just like:
During the volleyball game, my left quad tightened considerably, and towards the end of the night, I was in a fairly decent amount of pain. By Wednesday AM, my quad felt worse, especially when walking downstairs. I decided to rest another day and treat it with ice and foam rolling.
On Thursday, my quad definitely felt a lot better, but still not 100%. I had Josh buy me some KT Tape the night before, and decided to give it a shot during a very slow and easy 5 miler that night. I've never used this stuff before, and was a bit skeptical at first. This is what it looked like after I applied it the way the website instructed for a quad strain:
Ultimately, I was pretty impressed with this stuff. I had little to no pain during the entire run. Granted, all the resting, icing, and foam rolling helped a lot the night before as well. I'm not sure how it would work with a more intense injury, but I would definitely recommend it for helping with acute muscle pains.
After the run, I met up with Josh for a Belgian Beer class at the Wine School of Philadelphia. I went to Belgium for a day during my high school trip to France, but only had time to try one (albeit large and highly alcoholic) Belgian beer. This was a delicious way to learn more about one of my favorite styles of beer. The Rochefort Dubbel "6" pictured below was my favorite, by far.
Tonight I have big plans for happy hour and dinner, then this weekend I'm going to Central PA for a hiking/camping excursion on the Appalachian Trail. Have a fabulous weekend!