You shudder at the sight of stairs you need to climb up or down. You have blisters in places you didn't think you could get them. You're chafed, sore and achy. You're a regular runner but right now the last thing you want to do is run. Congratulations, you just ran a marathon!
Just like that, the 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon has come and gone. The crisp bib you received less than a week ago is a crumpled mess. The last finisher crossed the finish line while you were sleeping. And you can't use the I'm-training-for-a-marathon excuse when you have to bow out of Friday night social events. But you can recover from this 26.2 before tackling another one with these suggestions.
Sore muscles? A marathon, either preparing for or recovering from, is my excuse to splurge on a massage. But the best is when there's a deal tacked onto that massage like the one The Spa @ Equinox has for marathon runners. Bring in your race bib between October 14 and 21 to receive 15 percent off any rejuvenating treatment plus complimentary all-day access to the club. It's tempting to wait until you're ready and able to exercise again, isn't it? Or book a treatment at the Chicago CryoSpa where you sit in a chamber that's so cold it shocks your outer layer of skin and in turn revs your metabolism and fuels the recovery process. Elites like Dathan Ritzenhein, who finished fifth yesterday, use it, so why not?
Find it: Equinox, 900 N. Michigan, the Loop, Lincoln Park; Chicago CryoSpa, 2640 N. Lincoln
You don't have to be ready to run 26.2 miles again any time soon. Take me: I'm gearing up for the ski season. If you want to think running without actually doing any, buy a ticket for Fleet Feet's annual Fashion Show on Tuesday, October 29. If you're ready to get the blood flowing in the legs again, head over to Lincoln Park this weekend for the National Parkinson Foundation's Moving Day. Moving Day is the National Parkinson Foundation's annual fundraising walk/run event that is free to attend and also features a Movement Pavilion with yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates and dance.
Find it: See and Be Seen Fashion Show, Second City's UP Comedy Club, 7:30 p.m. on October 29; Moving Day, Lincoln Park's Grove 2, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 20.