So you might or might not have heard, but I ran a marathon last Sunday. I think I might have mentioned it a couple of times.
I felt pretty good the next day–a bit sore, as was to be expected, but nothing major. We walked a couple of miles to stretch our legs out and then just took it easy all day. I took Monday off work, which I think was a great decision, since the last thing I needed was to sit at my desk for eight hours the day after running 26.2 miles.
Tuesday, I didn’t feel ready to run, so Steff (fellow crazy Sunday marathoner) and I made up our own upper/core workout at lunch, followed by 15 easy minutes on the exercise bikes. This was really just an excuse for us to share marathon stories and relive how awesome we are.
Wednesday, I decided it was time to try running again. Steff and I headed out for a few slow miles during lunch and ended up going four. It was slow going, and we took it really easy, but it felt really good to get back out there and run. Plus, you know, we talked more about our awesomeness and marathons and things (we do talk about things other than running, honest!).
On Thursday morning I got up and ran before work with Ben. I knew I wanted to go at least four again, but wanted to play it by ear and do what felt right. That ended up being a really awesome five mile run. I felt so happy to be out running, enjoying myself, and not worrying about distance or time. It was actually pretty freeing. I followed my pre-work run with a lunchtime yogalates class and a much-needed stretch-out.
Fridays are off days for me running-wise, but Steff and I hit up a total body class at lunch. Holy ouch! My legs were thankful I gave them a break from squats and the like this week, but I definitely made up for it today!
This got me thinking… what do other people typically do for marathon recovery? Is there a certain number of days you take off from running post-race? The last marathon I ran, I probably took at least two weeks off from running and really didn’t miss it, but this year I couldn’t wait to get back into it. Tomorrow we plan on doing an early 12-miler, which seemed daunting when I thought about it at the beginning of the week, but now I can’t wait to get out there and run those miles.
So please share your race recovery with me–do you have a plan, or do you just play it by ear? I’m pretty happy with what I did this week, and my legs feel great, but I suppose the real test will be tomorrow’s long run!