My marathon recovery plan

Finding a marathon recovery plan


It took me a good two days to fully recover from the marathon (my first one, at that). More if we count comfortably going down stairs as “fully recovering.”

Not wanting to injure myself but also not wanting to lose all the strength that I had spent SO LONG building up, I decided to follow Hal Hidgon’s marathon recovery plan. I had done his marathon plan, so it only made sense.

The plan starts off with week zero —the week of the marathon. It’s mostly rest days and doesn’t suggest that you get back at it until Thursday. I felt strong by then, so I did an easy two miles. Friday is some cross-training or a two to three mile walk. I opted for the walk and brought my dog, Scout.

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We barely made it a mile before I had to get ready for work, as Scout is not speedy and would rather stop and smell everything than get any exercise at all. Saturday was an off day, but then I did my first “long run” (funny how that definition changes after a marathon) with five miles. After week zero, it gets back to running four times a week.

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It feels good to be back.

How much time do you take off after a race? 

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