Wow, Meredith, that is such an inspirational posting. I am so proud of you and your accomplishment. Finishing that race will be something you'll never forget, not only because it is a well known event and everyone will be impressed, but more importantly because you know that you pushed through your mental and physical boundaries to get there. THAT is true strength- so CHEERS to you!!!
As for the soreness portion, I went to Classic Kickboxing for the first time yesterday. IT ROCKS! It was the first time I had ever had my hands wrapped and put on real boxing gloves. I've taken many classes that are cardio kickboxing, but this class was a true fight class.
I went with Freda and Jimmy and Jimmy kicked off the morning with a nice serenade of the Rocky theme. Love it. The class is only an hour long, but it is chalk-full of movement. If you're looking for a class that is a stress reliever, this is definitely it. Ya know, sometimes it feels great to just punch something- let loose and release any tension. And you all know me, I would not call myself a violent person, but this class helped me bring out that fiesty kicker in me. I kept envisioning the bag as someone saying "you can't, you can't" and let me tell you, when I would focus on that, I felt like I could blow that bag right off of the chain! I left feeling energized and more collected. Today my shoulders are that good kind of sore. I can't wait to go back!