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Fall Non Running Activities to Try During Marathon Recovery

You heard me–today I am talking about fall non-running activities to try during marathon recovery. Join us and link up with Running Coaches Corner!

Marathon month is drawing to a close, and this weekend brings the Marine Corps Marathon. This was my first marathon, and perhaps my favorite marathon experience, as I discussed yesterday in my post about race rewinds and do-overs and also last week in my favorite race moments. I still can’t believe it has been 3 years since that race–it feels like a lifetime, but I remember it like yesterday!

A few posts ago, I talked about how to handle the before, during and after your big race, and then how to approach marathon recovery. Today, I am looking at various active, non running activities for fall that will get you back to a routine (after you take a proper break, of course!) while helping you mentally and physically recover from any burnout. 

Fall Non Running Activities to Try During Marathon Recovery

Try these Fall Non Running Activities during marathon recovery and stay active and engaged mentally and physically! Check out Running Coaches Corner!

As I mentioned in the post about marathon recovery, it is important to give your running muscles (both mental and physical!) enough time to recover and recuperate. After rigorous training, you need to give you mind and body the chance to rebound. That said, marathoners tend not to be able to sit still for long, so what are some non running activities you can pursue and try that won’t overtax your body or brain but will still give you the chance to get back to some sort of routine and maintain some fitness?

Disc Golf (or traditional golf)

Disc golf is a great non running fall activity for marathon recovery! Get more ideas at

Disc Golf is a great way to spend the day outside in the crisp fall air while also getting some good walking in! Granted, not many of us have retained our frisbee skills, but if you have, give it a go! There are also tons of social clubs, so after all the isolation with other running nerds of the marathon season, meet some new people!

Corn Maze

A quintessential fall activity, going to a corn maze would be a great substitute for your long run on Saturday. Grab your family and friends (if you still have them after training) and spend the afternoon with an apple cider, a pumpkin donut, and getting lost and frustrated in the boonies.

Go to a corn maze! More great non-running marathon recovery ideas at

You have to admit that this is impressive.


Get out and enjoy the weather and scenery before another Polar Vortex hits (which it just might this winter). Laura has great info on hiking, but, if all else fails? Check out the National Parks Service for information on just what you might need, and some parks in your area. 

Rock Climbing

Utilize those hard-won leg muscles with rock climbing! With the rise in rock climbing’s popularity over the past few years, it is likely that there is a climbing gym not too far from you!

Raking Leaves

Raking leaves is a great fall non running activity for during marathon recovery! More great ideas at

Make your idleness useful with raking leaves! You might even be able to create a little side business out of it. You never know, it might be your untapped talent.

Cleaning Your House

Because you know you weren’t doing that during marathon training. While you are at it, clean out your fridge and scrub your shower. And start wearing real clothes again.

Walk Your Dog

As I said on Instagram... I CAN"T EVEN HANDLE HER. Ridley

Or walk someone else’s dog (with their permission, of course). Volunteer at a shelter, or just dog sit/walk for a friend. Therapy for mind and body!

Other social activities to try out: Kickball, softball, basketball, badmitton, horseback riding…

I still got it! My first time jumping a horse in nearly 5 years and I did great!

Most importantly, have fun! Give your legs a rest from intensity, but keep them and your mind engaged and stimulated. 

Give your body a break post #marathon with these non #running fall activities! #runchat #coachescorner Click To Tweet

What are some non running related activities that you are looking forward to (post race or just in general)? 

What do you like to do during marathon recovery beyond the typical workouts?

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I am linking up with myself, Rachel, Lora, and Debbie for Running Coaches CornerPatty, Erika, and Marcia for Tuesdays on the Run, Nicole, Annmarie, Michelle, and Jen for Wild Workout Wednesday, and Ilka and Angela for Food and Fitness Sunday. 

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  • Reply Jenn @ Run with Sole

    That corn maze is pretty impressive! I’m thinking about trying out one of the indoor climbing gyms. I’ve never done any climbing and it looks so fun!
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    October 26, 2016 at 6:03 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      They are a blast–I’ve gone before and it is a TOTALLY different experience!

      October 27, 2016 at 3:56 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    I love the corn mazes they are so much fun and we always get lost. πŸ™‚ The leaf raking not so much. Thanks for the linkup!
    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner recently posted…6.2 Reasons To Love A 10KMy Profile

    October 26, 2016 at 6:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you for linking up! I wonder just how lost Alex and I would get in one.

      October 27, 2016 at 3:55 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Disc gold? How is it possible I’ve never heard of this!?!
    Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious recently posted…Sugar Free Pumpkin Bread {GF, Low Cal, Paleo}My Profile

    October 26, 2016 at 6:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      There is like a whole counter culture with it πŸ˜€

      October 27, 2016 at 3:54 pm
  • Reply Kimberly Hatting

    ummmmm….totally drawing a blank LOL I was just talking with my running friend (early yesterday morning as we knocked out a pre-sunrise run) how it will be strange to have so much free time after our marathon…and what would we do? Run for fun? What? I’d probably say a good old-fashioned power walk is my favorite non-running activity. I was gonna say stair-climbing, but that kind of simulates running hills….
    Kimberly Hatting recently posted…Is Running a Nuisance?My Profile

    October 26, 2016 at 6:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And I’ve also given you it as workouts, so you need a break from them!

      October 27, 2016 at 3:55 pm
  • Reply Lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    Corn mazes are always fun in the fall(they can also be a little frustrating if you can’t figure it out). Last weekend I went to Busch Gardens Hallow Scream and that was fun, but a lot of walking around all day and waiting in long lines.
    Lacey@fairytalesandfitness recently posted…Race Day Outfits for Wine and Dine!My Profile

    October 26, 2016 at 6:44 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So basically a different type of marathon!

      October 27, 2016 at 3:54 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Thanks for the shout out! Ryan and I would play disc golf back in Indiana (ok he would play and I’d tag along). We’d usually cover a few miles across the course but it was so laid back.
    Laura @ This Runner’s Recipes recently posted…6 Yoga and Stretching Workouts for RunnersMy Profile

    October 26, 2016 at 6:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I would be fine drinking and watching others play πŸ˜€

      October 27, 2016 at 3:53 pm
  • Reply Emily @ My Healthyish Life

    So funny that you mention raking leaves…that was my least favorite chore when we lived up north! Going to a corn maze, on the other hand, was always a favorite activity.
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    October 26, 2016 at 6:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We always hired someone to do it πŸ˜€

      October 27, 2016 at 3:53 pm
  • Reply Bri

    I’ve done all of the above for my postseason recovery workouts, but sub out disc golf for chopping wood and a ghost walk for a corn maze! We have one here I really want to do though.
    Bri recently posted…How to apply Coach John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success principles to runningMy Profile

    October 26, 2016 at 7:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You outdoorsy Canadian with your chopping wood πŸ˜€

      October 27, 2016 at 3:52 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    There’s a corn maze race around here–I think it’s in Spring Grove? Sounds like a recipe for disaster to this very clumsy runner!
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…The Nuisance Inside My HeadMy Profile

    October 26, 2016 at 7:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I say we send the boys in and we drink until they come out.

      October 27, 2016 at 3:52 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    These are such great idea! I love a good hike, as you know!
    Julie @ Running in a Skirt recently posted…Things I’m Loving Lately 28My Profile

    October 26, 2016 at 7:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I wish I could join you!

      October 27, 2016 at 3:52 pm
  • Reply Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs

    Sadly, I live in a world where there are no corn mazes. 😒 Actually, I love all these ideas! Fun ways to have active rest!
    Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs recently posted…4 Reasons Knowing Your Body Metrics Can Help Your RunningMy Profile

    October 26, 2016 at 7:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I feel like the corn mazes would catch on fire from the heat where you are!

      October 27, 2016 at 3:51 pm
  • Reply Ellie

    I try to get together with friends more often. I also volunteer at races instead of run them. That keeps me involved, but recovering πŸ™‚
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    October 26, 2016 at 7:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      What a great idea! You are so right.

      October 27, 2016 at 3:51 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    I need to clean my house terribly…and I haven’t done a single race this year, LOL.
    Michelle recently posted…Guide books and forgotten socksMy Profile

    October 26, 2016 at 7:43 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Lol. But you have done masterful work with everything–all the improvements and yardwork!

      October 27, 2016 at 3:42 pm
  • Reply Cora

    I can’t believe how fast the cold weather has come in here, and how fast fall seems to be passing – thank you for reminding me that I still really want to get out of the city somewhere for a nice fall hike. It would be so good for my lungs, legs and soul. But man, that corn maze!! If I could find one near me, you better believe I’d be gunning my way through that. Probably with some kick ass ninja gear (as long as it kept me warm).
    Cora recently posted…WIAW: Real Talk. Getting Jacked Up and Letting Anger Take OverMy Profile

    October 26, 2016 at 8:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am right with you–we all get so stuck in the city!

      October 27, 2016 at 3:50 pm
  • Reply Jessica Marie @ FlashFitTrainer

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE hiking in the state parks this time of year. It’s so refreshing to the soul. For those with kids (or without even), I would add the trampoline park or playing basketball at the park!
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    October 26, 2016 at 8:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ooooo that sounds awesome. And definitely great additions!

      October 27, 2016 at 3:49 pm
  • Reply Anna @ Piper's Run

    I feel like this is exactly what I’m doing. We do a lot of hiking with our girls in the fall. I’ve tried Barre for the first time and loved it, still doing yoga too. I miss not having a dog to walk and have even considered being a foster-dog-parent but not wanting our girls to get to attached. Having a dog makes you so much more active – at least it did for us.
    Anna @ Piper’s Run recently posted…Run, Barre, Yoga and PumpkinsMy Profile

    October 26, 2016 at 8:16 am
  • Reply Jen @ Pretty Little Grub

    I love going to corn mazes. Disc golf is fun too. I don’t know of any in my area though.
    Jen @ Pretty Little Grub recently posted…How I’m Approaching my Next Marathon Training CycleMy Profile

    October 26, 2016 at 8:17 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I want to go to a corn maze with you and ange and Jo and Kayla and all of the Canadian friends!

      October 27, 2016 at 3:49 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    I notice that after a marathon, my legs are okay but my core is pretty shot so whatever I do, whether it be active like running or not active like lying in a chaise lounge, I have to be SO INTENTIONAL about engaging my core when I’m moving about, picking Callum up, twisting around, etc. Like, this sounds crazy but I’d probably not rake leaves for that reason.
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    October 26, 2016 at 8:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I feel like that is totally valid. I am surprised by that, given how much core stuff you do.

      October 27, 2016 at 3:48 pm
  • Reply Kimberly G

    Hiking during the Fall is always an awesome experience. I haven’t done this in a while but I also love going apple picking!

    October 26, 2016 at 8:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      YAS I love apple picking too!

      October 27, 2016 at 3:40 pm
  • Reply kat

    I give a big HECK YES to hiking. Obvoiously it depends on the trails but around here there are nothing but mini mountains to climb. It is freaking fantastic. And sweaty. And hard. πŸ˜‰
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    October 26, 2016 at 8:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Share some of those mountains? We have zilch.

      October 27, 2016 at 3:40 pm
      • Reply Lindsay

        Suzie – I know you live in the city, but if you ever get out of the city and head to Utica, IL there is some pretty great hiking at Starved Rock or Matthiessen State Park. You should go visit and do some posts on the Illinois hiking opportunities! πŸ™‚

        November 19, 2016 at 8:35 pm
        • Reply suzlyfe

          I would LOVE to do that! Do you live out there? I might like a guide!

          November 20, 2016 at 6:00 am
          • Lindsay

            I live in about an hour away AND one of my good friends is from the area so I might be able to arrange a guide! πŸ™‚

            November 20, 2016 at 2:04 pm
          • suzlyfe

            ooooo remind me of this and we should talk!

            November 20, 2016 at 4:35 pm
  • Reply Janelle @ Run With No Regrets

    Great ideas! I have never been in a corn maize…it does look like fun! I still got a little less than a month to go before my marathon though!
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    October 26, 2016 at 9:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Go to one during your taper!

      October 27, 2016 at 3:39 pm
  • Reply Marcia

    I’m eagerly awaiting the marathon recovery phase to this training cycle. I’ve got a corn maze right on my 10 mile loop. The one with the fabulous donuts.
    Marcia recently posted…How to Run Your Best MarathonMy Profile

    October 26, 2016 at 9:28 am
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      October 27, 2016 at 3:39 pm
  • Reply Alyssa

    LOVE hiking! Need to go again soon. I went on a nature walk this weekend and it made me crave a nice long hike! Hope you are doing well girl πŸ™‚
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    October 26, 2016 at 10:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Can I go hiking with you?

      October 27, 2016 at 3:36 pm
  • Reply Jo @ Living MInt Green

    I’ve always wanted to try disc golf! There’s several courses set up in the forest here in Canmore that I want to take advantage of!
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    October 26, 2016 at 11:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I just don’t see how it could end up any way other than a catastrophe for me

      October 27, 2016 at 3:36 pm
  • Reply Chaitali

    Wow, that corn maze is really cool! It’s been years since I’ve done one. I definitely have some hiking on my list for this Fall πŸ™‚
    Chaitali recently posted…First marathon thoughts?My Profile

    October 26, 2016 at 11:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oooo where are you thinking of going?

      October 27, 2016 at 3:35 pm
      • Reply Chaitali

        Just local trails around here in Maryland… There’s one called the Billy Goat trail that I’ve been wanting to try.

        October 28, 2016 at 7:49 am
  • Reply Megan @ Meg Go Run

    My hubby loves disc golf. We often have disc golf/running dates where we go to a state Park and he plays dg and I trail run.

    October 26, 2016 at 12:36 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love this idea

      October 27, 2016 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    Can I walk your dog? And by walk I mean steal? K thanks!
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    October 26, 2016 at 12:55 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Stop by on your way to Austin?

      October 27, 2016 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply Ana

    Hiking is one of my favorites! PA has really awesome parks to visit!

    I also would add dancing! because, let’s be real, during training, I avoid a lot of social activities because “long run the next morning” excuses.
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    October 26, 2016 at 1:40 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ooooooo You are so right!

      October 27, 2016 at 3:33 pm
  • Reply Ange // Cowgirl Runs

    Would you believe I’ve never been to a corn maze?! We have two in the city I’d love to go to.
    See also: napping.
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    October 26, 2016 at 3:21 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Preferably the latter not happening in the former.

      October 27, 2016 at 3:33 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    Hi S! Really enjoy reading your posts, they are keeping me sane during my recovery. I miss hiking especially! There is nothing like walking in the natural environment to help ease my anxiety issues. I must admit that one thing I certainly enjoy about being wheelchair-bound right now is… having an excuse NOT to clean the house!!! πŸ™‚ Kinda on and off topic, but have you ever tried pool running in the deep end, with an aqua belt? I’ve just been cleared to swim… (yay, first exercise I can do in 5 months!!), but I can’t seem to find any posts on your website about pool running. I used to run prior to my accident so am keen to get back to it, even if in the water. It will also add a bit of variety to just swimming laps, which can get boring after a while. But regardless, thanks to you and your blog for being one bright spark in my recovery days. I hope I can bounce back from this health issue as strongly as you have bounced back from your injuries to date.

    October 26, 2016 at 3:45 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I so hope you can as well. I know that you have really been through the ringer. I am so thankful to have been able to be some positivity and provide some hope for you in all of this!
      YAY for your first exercise! I know how that feels! Pool running can be an excellent zero-impact exercise. I really should write a post on it! It personally was not for me because of my attention span, lol, but I think that I would do better with it now that there are waterproof headphones and such. I found an article that I will email to you about it!

      October 27, 2016 at 3:16 pm
  • Reply Teresa

    Bike riding! It’s my favorite cross training activity. I love hiking as well, unfortunately there just aren’t very many places to hike around our city. House cleaning…now that’s one I’ll never be able to find enjoyment in!!! πŸ™‚

    October 26, 2016 at 4:43 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Unless I am hiking up tall buildings, I’m in the same position as you! And same with the whole cleaning bit..

      October 27, 2016 at 3:12 pm
  • Reply Emily

    I’m terrible at disc golf, but it’s really fun! πŸ™‚ One of my favorite things to do is take the dogs on walks; they are just so entertaining and such good company. πŸ™‚
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    October 26, 2016 at 8:19 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Why not combine the two! I wouldn’t mind taking a dog for a frisbee date

      October 27, 2016 at 3:06 pm
  • Reply Ilka

    Oh this corn maze is like super fun!!! I need to see where I can take my family to one of those, my boys would have a ball! Haha! Wearing real clothes again after marathon training does indeed feel strange. I could wear running gear all day, no problem! Thanks for this awesome link-up Susie! As always, have a wonderful week!
    Ilka recently posted…My Training Log Week October 17th – Happy October Running!My Profile

    October 26, 2016 at 9:57 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you for linking up as always, Ilka! And who says you have to wear real clothes? ;D

      October 27, 2016 at 3:05 pm
  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    I love these ideas! Especially the maze. Do you know I’ve NEVER done one??? I need to go in search of one STAT. I love anything puzzle-like.
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted…Running… Is a Struggle. Food is not. [WIAW]My Profile

    October 26, 2016 at 11:46 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I want to go to a maze with you. Drink every time we get lost?

      October 27, 2016 at 3:02 pm
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I went to a corn maze the other day and got totally lost. But that’s not really a surprise, as I get lost everywhere.
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    October 27, 2016 at 4:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I just see you sitting down, cursing, and asking for a taco.

      October 27, 2016 at 2:58 pm
  • Reply Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

    This is a great reminder! I’m itching to still race a little more and use the fitness from my marathon but my body is tired and definitely wants a break. Mixing it up with new activities has so many benefits too!
    Laura @ Mommy Run Fast recently posted…A better way to train the coreMy Profile

    October 27, 2016 at 6:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And then you can do them ULTRA FAST lol

      October 27, 2016 at 2:50 pm
  • Reply San

    I love pumpkin patches and corn mazes around this time of year. So much fun. It’s great to focus on different things depending on the time of year and it’s good to give yourself some rest after a hard running season.
    San recently posted…Oh so precious family timeMy Profile

    October 27, 2016 at 12:03 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I totally agree! Plus you get to spend some time with people you haven’t seen much of in the months prior

      October 27, 2016 at 2:10 pm
  • Reply Alaina @ The Simple Peach

    Could Ridley be any cuter?! Hiking and leisurely dog walks are my jam.
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    October 27, 2016 at 12:13 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      She tries (and succeeds, lol)

      October 27, 2016 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    All of these activities sound like SO much fun! I’ve always wanted to do a hedge maze – but I’ve never heard of a corn maze! I suppose it’s the same kinda thing? Work with what you’ve got, right?
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    October 28, 2016 at 12:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Definitely. And if it is a hedge maze, you can pretend that you are in some mystical romantic place, right?

      October 30, 2016 at 3:56 pm

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