If you are looking for advice for what kind of recovery time you need after a marathon, you don’t have to look far. Seems everyone has an opinion, a differing opinion. Which makes it difficult to decide how to approach the recovery period.
Therefore, many of us flounder, not sure what to do. We see people who run marathon after marathon, some just a week or two apart and we think something must be wrong with us if we rest!
If you are like me, you feel pressure to meet your weekly running groups and to pick up where you left off with your runs. But, we have put our bodies through tremendous physical, mental and emotional stress throughout the entire marathon journey. And we owe it to ourselves to respect the recovery as much as we respect marathon day.
You have been strong for about 16 weeks, been committed to your mileage, your hills and your speed work. But, it’s not over until you have given yourself the opportunity to rebuild and prepare for the next journey.
So, relax, marathoner! Your race is over! Kick up your feet! Take a load off! For some of us that means 2 weeks, for some that means 4 weeks. But, how ever long you choose to recover, don’t think of it as rest, but respect it as the final phase of training!