I didn't have any pain when I was running, but when I crossed the finish line (!) my eyes felt like they were running circles around in my sockets. It was very weird. The race was a truly emotional experience for me. I'll admit it, I cried when I finished. I don't know if it was from exhaustion or relief, but I was a touch embarrassed since I was with a bunch of coworkers. We went to the post race party and got some assistance with our stretches which felt really good.
I took Monday off from exercise because I was still recovering. 3.1 miles may not be a lot to a lot of people, but running 90% of the race combined with forgetting to foam roll my calves and I was a tad sore on Monday. I think that my fitbit only tracked 3,000 steps. Tuesday I went to the gym like a good girl and stretched and foam rolled and stretched some more. At the packet pick up before the 5k I (stupidly?) signed up for a half-marathon. I must have been high. So I wanted to get this first post-race run in to start my training for the half. I warmed up for 5 minutes at a decent pace and then bumped it up to a jog. Pain. Excruciating, searing pain emanating from my hip flexor/groin area. Had to put a stop to the madness immediately. What the hell? How am I going to train for a half-marathon (granted, it's in September) with this kind of pain every time my foot hits the treadmill/ground??
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Question for you - when you first started running, did you get injured? If you did, how did you not let it demotivate you?