I learn most of my lessons the hard way, and once certain mistakes are made my body does not forget or forgive easily. After my first round of 26.2 miles, I felt “fine” just a few days later, and jumped right back into running. I want to keep this endurance! I feel great! Run, legs, run!
Oh, you need rest? You’re still rebuilding and trying to figure out why we had that little four hour adventure just days ago?
Find me one month later – burned out, tired, slow, and frustrated. Those are all words that I would prefer stay far, far away from my running routine. Lesson learned!
After the Denver RnR, I took one full week off and started again with 2 easy miles. The body & compromised by incorporating a lot more yoga, and came back ready to push some limits in the Spring.
This time around, the muscles are starting to realize that these marathon adventures aren’t going anywhere. The training runs weren’t as daunting, days feeling sore and stiff were few and far between, and the distance itself didn’t rattle any anxieties (just the goal did!).
After our third date, I took 6 days off. Two of them included light yoga, but other than that I happily relaxed. No mileage, no strength tests, no sweat!
Saturday, before a wedding, I took the test. I found a 5 mile loop around the hotel in Connecticut (surprise – I was in CT for the weekend! It’s beautiful up there.), thanks to MapMyRun (best resource while traveling!). I took it nice and easy – slow easy miles, cursing small hills & taking in a New England fall day.
Recovery week: check! Refreshed: check!
There isn’t a lot of the running agenda for the next two months, and that’s perfectly fine with me. When it is time to get going again, we have some big goals on the line! So, between now and then? We stay refreshed. We stay on top of the base that’s built, the speed that accumulates & the morning routine that gets my day started on the right foot.
What’s your recovery strategy?
On the marathon note – how are you NYC finishers feeling today?