Even though I may have Marathon Fever, I am being a good girl and making sure I don’t get too excited and jump back into running without recovering from my marathons first.
My legs actually feel pretty good at this point, but I know a marathon is very hard on them (let alone 2 13 days apart) and they need time to rest, especially with the schedule I have planned for them the rest of the year!
I think the brain needs time to rest too after being in training for so long, so I definitely am a big believer in taking some time off – both physically and mentally. How long that time is always depends for me on how I feel, how hard I raced, and what I have coming up. I re-assess my recovery period after each marathon. I have taken anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks off of running, just depending on the race.
I have been taking advantage of my extra time and enjoying the warm California weather that I don’t have to run in. If we are going to have a heat wave I am appreciative that it’s during the week I am not running!
Here are a couple Do’s and Don’ts from my marathon recovery week!
Don’t: tempt yourself.
If you go to a social activity where running might be involved to see your friends, wear flip flops so you aren’t tempted to run.
Do: enjoy the downtime.
Relax outside, make dinner, have a beer, do things you wouldn’t necessarily have time for while in training.
Don’t: get new running shoes in the mail.
It only makes the urge to run worse seeing those pretty clean shoes sitting in their box.
Do: read a book.
I always have a hard time reading during training. When I do have downtime, reading makes me fall asleep, so I am taking advantage of it now and getting caught up on my running books!
Do: play with the pups!
Kylie and Emma are getting extra attention right now and are loving every minute of it.
I am definitely itching to run, but know that soon enough I will be back out there and I will be better off for taking a few days off to recover.
How long do you take to recover from a marathon?
What are your do’s and don’ts?