Could you do a post on what your routine is post-marathon? Like, the day after, do you rest completely? And for how many days do you take off completely and when do you start back up? Thanks!
I have to say this: Listen to your body. If you haven’t been in the game very long, it’s easy to get caught in what other bloggers are doing and compare yourself… I need to run marathons because that’s what everyone does… I need to run 8 days a week… I need to eat some nasty looking smoothie because that’s what you do when you’re healthy….
Every body trains differently, reacts differently and recovers differently so the most important thing is to be in tune with your how your body is responding instead of listening to some rando blogger with zero training, education, or qualifications in this arena.
That being said, now I’ll tell you what to do. :/
The standard wisdom is to take one day off for every mile you raced so essentially a month off after a marathon. I think that’s a bit excessive: I think 2-3 weeks is generally enough but it never hurts to take a little extra time off.
Let’s clarify that ‘time off’ doesn’t mean taking time off from life, living on your couch and doing no more physical activity than breathing. You can still cross train and do low impact, low intensity non-running activities such as swimming, biking, walking, the elliptical machine, Pilates.
For awhile you will want to eat everything in sight (HELLO I RAN A MARATHON, GIVE ME THE PIE, THE WHOLE PIE!), but if you do that for too long combined with very little physical activity, all you will get is pie thighs. Remember that the thinking shouldn’t be, I just finished a marathon so now I never have to workout again! Umm no, you’re doing it wrong. Find a new goal, a new workout, a new activity.
So here’s a very generic sample of what one could do post-marathon:
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