Marathon Recovery and the Cutest Running Shoes
November 3, 2015|Posted in: Running
There are tons of articles out there on the proper way to recover from a marathon. I encourage anyone who wants to run a marathon to read them. You can find a lot of useful information in many of them that will be helpful to you.
For me, my main focus in the few weeks after a marathon is to let my body heal and rest and to prevent injury.
With every marathon I’ve run, recovery has come easier in terms of how I feel. After my first marathon, I felt completely wiped out for a week. Every marathon since then isn’t as intense in recovery for me. I usually just make sure to get enough sleep, foam roll, stretch, and just take it easy in general. After a day or two, I feel like myself again.
However, that doesn’t mean I go out for a run.
I do not run at all for a week after a marathon. This helps with rest obviously but this is also to prevent injury. I made the mistake of going out for a run too early and too hard after my first marathon which left me injured, in physical therapy, and unable to run for almost 3 months. I vowed to never do that to myself again.
Once I do start running, I take it really easy. I just enjoy my runs. No time I have to make, no pressure about how long, just running for pure enjoyment. I usually keep these runs to about 3 miles or so. I also incorporate some strength training and if I feel like I need a really good workout, I just hit that hard.
I have been doing all of this since the Chicago Marathon a few weeks ago. One thing I have added this time is mentally reflecting on how the race went and trying not to beat myself up over it. I kept replaying it over in my mind so many times but I just had to realize it was done and there was nothing I could do but learn from my mistakes.
So these past few weeks I have just been doing my short runs and strength training for recovery. Honestly, it’s also a nice break from training! I really miss running with my training group though. And unfortunately, most of my runs have been on the treadmill because the weather has been crappy outside and it’s so dark in the morning. But at least I get to run without any injury! I just need to plan my next race!
AND: Ady got her first pair of running shoes – some Saucony’s. I think she’s almost ready for her first race! 🙂
I want to encourage you to follow along in my health journey through what I learn and experience. I hope there is something you can take away from Fit Busy Female that inspires you to start taking control of your health and feeling better every day.