I am really not sure how to best recover form the marathon. I am going to take it day by day and do what feels right for my body. Today I am sore, but not as sore as I thought I would be. I went to bed last night at 8:45 and slept until 7:30. It felt so great. I am taking today off work and I have a massage scheduled for 4 this afternoon. My calves are tight, my hamstrings are sore and my left IT band and knee hurt.
Here is the tentative plan for the next two weeks. I am planning to take almost a full week off running. There is a 5K this weekend in our neighborhood, so I am tempted to have that be my first run post-marathon. I am nervous about the post-marathon blues as I try to figure out what to do with myself now that training is over.
Here are some of my other goals to keep my motivated now that I don’t have long runs to look forward to:
- Strength training
- Walks with the dog
- Shorter runs just for fun
I am also working n building my race calendar for 2011. I have 3-4 I am already looking forward to tackling!