First of all, let's be honest... you're sore. It's Boston and it's almost impossible to walk away from that race without fearing squatting down to go to the bathroom this week. Don't worry, it's normal. Here's some advice on how I try to recover from the marathon.
- Pat yourself on the butt or back or wherever you can reach. You just accomplished an amazing feat and regardless of the time and outcome, BE PROUD.
- Next, plan a vacation... ideally if you can. If even it's what the cool kids call a stay-cation make some time for you. Relax and veg out, try not running or thinking about running.
- Actually recover. I typically don't run for 2-3 weeks post marathon. No running at all. Seriously. No sweating unless it's outside laying by a pool. The first few days post race I might "jog" 10-15 minutes just to help with the soreness and then it's warm epsom salt baths, lots of liquids, and lots of food. Food and drink are your friends here and you'll want to consume as much as you can this week to replenish your depleted energy stores from the race.
So, simple as that, there's your recovery plan. No magic tricks. Just take it day by day and after your break, plot your next 26.2 adventure... Muhaha!
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