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Post Marathon Recovery : What Happens Next?

You ran a marathon, what happens next?

Please remember that though I am a fitness professional, I am not YOUR fitness professional. You assume responsibility for your recovery! Please consult a professional on a personal basis. 

Post marathon recovery is a highly searched and hotly contested subject. Any time you are getting ready for a big event, you have the epic lead up to the day. For runners, this is known as the “Taper Crazies.” PS, if you are looking for some help with those little voices in your head, check out my post for dealing with them. Taught Mama Salt everything she knows πŸ˜€ After your race, particularly if it has gone well, you go through the post-wedding/honeymoon/race blues. 

Thus you get awesome posts like last Thursday’s. And also thusly why I waited until now for this post on post marathon recovery!

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The First Week Post Race

Lay low. Do not make any big decisions like signing up for races or applying to coaching certification courses or swearing off physical activity forever. Speaking of, lay low physically as well. Your body is still repairing and figuring out what is and isn’t okay.

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When my mother had her terrible riding accident years ago, she learned that for major trauma, this process can actually take months as your body performs its own triage. It will basically continue to figure out that things are wrong, so give it time to do that. Two days later, you will know what you are actually dealing with beyond just normal soreness. My little quad strain didn’t show up until a full 48 hours later, but because I knew that my body tended to do this, I was prepared for it and had waited. 

Another big thing to remember? Stay the course with your nutrition. I realize that this may seem a bit confusing after my post last Friday, but allow me to explain: that post is about my long term respect of my body and learning to honor its cues rather than overriding them. Please be advised that the weeks before and after a marathon I make sure to stay the course with my nutrition (the exception being a decreased focus on whole grains and high fiber foods leading up to the event). In my mind, the week following a marathon is as important for your long term health and athletic goals as the week before the goal event. As I previously mentioned, your body is still repairing, and it needs calories as well as the proper macros–protein, carbs, fats, fiber–to do so optimally. 

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Compression, spiralizer, ginger chews, and running magazines. And now running. #fakeittilyoumakeit

Take care of your body. Continue to stretch, reintroduce light yoga, walking, and rolling (if you can, get a good massage) to get the excess fluid and lactic acid out and flush out your system. I wear compression socks for a few days (particularly if I am traveling). 

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Last thing you need to do in the first week post big event? Celebrate. Revel in what you did. Soak it up. 5k or marathon, you did something. You went out for it. Don’t “punish” yourself if it didn’t go as planned. Rather, thank your body for what it did for you, the effort that it put forth, and know that next time, you might just need a different game plan. Or maybe it just wasn’t your day. But maybe it was! And that is exciting. (But also, don’t be a prat about it, mkay?)

Second week post big event:

Start to reintroduce the exercise that you did during the event, in small doses. Having run a marathon and knowing that I had some little micro-injuries that needed to chill out, I waited until 8 days after the race for any sort of running, and then I kept it slow and short, and will continue to do so. Just enough to see where things were and to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Many (especially elites) might even take 2 full weeks off! But for myself, I wanted to see where my quads really were before I started any strength training that might annoy them.However, if you are injured–and you will know if you are by now–obviously do not do this, and regardless, please do what is best for your body 

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Start to realize that you don’t need to eat like a marathoner all the time. This is where my post on Friday is coming in. I am, quite frankly, still feeling the itch to just go Medieval on things that are around me. Furthermore, because Alex isn’t around that much right now, I have time to myself at night to just scrounge, and no real structure to my eating during that time. So my goal with my nutrition is not to restrict my eating but to respect my eating. I hope that makes sense!

Start to consider your long term situation. I signed up for the Shamrock Shuffle at the end of March because I figure that I need to do it at least once while living in Chicago, lots of friends are doing it (we’re going to jump off a bridge after as well, wanna come? lol), and an 8k will be totally fine for me to do that far out. After TCM, I got back to running much quicker than I would have liked (12+ miles the weekend after), but they were worth it (so that I could coach and run with Deena Kastor), they were easy miles, and my body had proved to not have any injuries. I gave it another full week off after that, and then ran the week before Run10Feed10, which was a 10k. My legs obviously felt fresh and ready to go for that, so I have no complaints!

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Super speedy ladies πŸ˜€

I have similar plans now–I am taking Erin’s class this coming weekend and the Shuffle is 3 weeks from now. Otherwise, I just have Ragnar in June! And I have decided that I will run Chicago in the fall–I am qualified, I won’t have to pay to travel, and for the SECOND TIME EVER Alex might get to see me run! 

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He is my minion. Like Despicable Me but less prone to wearing overalls.

If you get nothing else from this post, please absorb the need to respect your body and the amazing thing that it has done for you. Know that getting back into it might feel good mentally and physically, or you might feel ready mentally but not yet physically. RESPECT IT. Have some fun after, sure! Sometimes you need to ignore your short term mental health in order to achieve long term mental and physical health. This is one of those moments.

And step away from the race registrations. Seriously. DROP IT.

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What are some post-event mistakes that you have committed before? 

How do you deal with the “honeymoon” post race blues?

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82 Comments

  • Reply Annmarie

    All great advice that I will have to keep in mind after I run my first marathon this Fall!
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    March 10, 2015 at 6:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Woooooohhhooooooooooo!

      March 10, 2015 at 3:30 pm
  • Reply Heather @Fit n Cookies

    Woo woo, your husband might get to see you run. Talk about excitement! πŸ™‚ SO many great points. I know some people believe you take a day off for every mile you ran, but I think it’s just listening to your body about when to get back out there. However, let’s be real- that nice glorious warm weather had lots to do with it πŸ˜‰ It’s hard not to run when it’s beautiful out!
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    March 10, 2015 at 6:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is the fight I’m currently having (for once!)

      March 10, 2015 at 3:30 pm
  • Reply Jamie @ Rise.Run.Mom.Repeat.

    Great advice! I promise my legs at least 7 days of rest once they get me to a big finish line. I revel in sleeping in for a while and, usually, after about 4 days, I have the urge to run. A promise is a promise. Seven days. My legs always thank me.
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    March 10, 2015 at 6:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It has been lovely waking up but taking my time in the morning. None of that racing about nonsense!

      March 10, 2015 at 3:31 pm
  • Reply Courtney @ Running For Cupcakes

    After my first marathon I was so overwhelmed/in pain/ upset that I barely ate anything. I know that was a huge mistake and I will never do it again! All of this information is so important. I see runners all the time who go out and run a ton of miles a couple days after their marathon and I don’t understand how they do it! My poor legs needed at least a month until they started to go back to normal (granted I was injured after my race). I really think everyone is different and it is all about listening to your body and doing what feels right.
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    March 10, 2015 at 6:25 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I usually don’t feel like eating right after the race, but I make myself, and that starts things back up again. But you learned your lesson, and you are on the right track back!

      March 10, 2015 at 3:32 pm
  • Reply neil@neilshealthymeals.com

    Good sound advice and I particularly like the bit “Celebrate. Revel in what you did.” πŸ™‚

    Absolutely correct! So many people forget this part! Of course it’s vital to look after yourself nutrition wise and to take a bit of a rest but also enjoy and feel good about yourself and your unique being, for you are awesome! πŸ˜€
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    March 10, 2015 at 6:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is definitely a balance. You better believe I take care of myself–hello, beer has carbs! and I had it after a muscle milk light, so protein and carbs and stuff like that.

      March 10, 2015 at 3:38 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    When I did my first marathon I made the mistake of running a 10k 4 days later (I was already signed up, it wasn’t a last minute decision). Not sure what I was thinking with that, but luckily I had felt great after that marathon with no aches or pains, and I didn’t “race” the 10k…still not a great plan though! (It was the week of Thanksgiving, and the 10k was a turkey trot). Now I usually take a full week off post-race, with the first 2-3 days being complete rest and then I start adding in some light exercise.
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    March 10, 2015 at 6:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I remember you saying that. I think that you are right on point with what you are doing now and have it under control!

      March 10, 2015 at 3:37 pm
  • Reply jennifer f

    Sounds like you are taking a healthy approach to post marathon — I am either on a crazy high or crazy low.
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    March 10, 2015 at 6:45 am
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    if you do Chicago in the fall, i might get to see you run, also!

    March 10, 2015 at 6:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      YOU BETTER

      March 10, 2015 at 3:35 pm
  • Reply Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs

    Good advice. I can think of a few runners (and some bloggers) I’d like to send this to. As for me, I know the importance of allowing your body time to recover. I only ran a half marathon, but I’m still wearing my compression socks 2 days later. πŸ™‚
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    March 10, 2015 at 7:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hellllll yeah compression for DAYS. I don’t know why some people put their bodies through craziness. YOU AREN’T PROVING ANYTHING!

      March 10, 2015 at 3:36 pm
  • Reply Gretchen | Gretchruns

    This is such a great post and really needed right now! I’m training for a few half marathons in the spring/summer and a full in the fall. Post-race recovery is something that I struggle with- I either jump in wayyy too soon or wait a bit too long!

    I wouldn’t really say that I get post-race blues, but I’m not really a serious (or fast) runner either. I think of races as something really fun to try and achieve, so I’m just happy to have finished! No blues here πŸ™‚
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    March 10, 2015 at 7:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ain’t nobody got time for that! I think that I got them because it was just such a comprehensively good weekend, and I came back to a bit of a change of pace in allll facets of my life. But just have a plan moving forward, and you will be ready!

      March 10, 2015 at 3:36 pm
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    Great advice, especially the race registrations. For about 2 weeks I don’t want to think about running at all. This spring is the first time I’ve had a marathon scheduled and then subsequent races only 2 weeks later. I’m a bit nervous about how that is going to go.
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    March 10, 2015 at 7:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Just make sure that you are really proactive about your nutrition and taking care of yourself, particularly because you are travelling. Then again? Paris is sooooo worth it.

      March 10, 2015 at 3:30 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Haaa! I totally stalk ALL the race registrations right after a big and successful race. You feel invisible like you can run anything!
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    March 10, 2015 at 7:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Either that or you are like baaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh can’t move.

      March 10, 2015 at 3:29 pm
  • Reply Pragati // Simple Medicine

    I’m soo guilty of signing up for another race immediately after running one. Shamrock Shuffle? That sounds like SO much fun!
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    March 10, 2015 at 7:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope so! It will be quite some time after St. Paddies, and there will be a toooon of people, but why not πŸ˜€

      March 10, 2015 at 3:28 pm
  • Reply Sara @ lifebetweenthemiles

    This is all great advice. I think listening to your body is the most important thing. I took a few days totally off and then slowly started moving my legs again (just spinning with no resistance) and did yoga after Boston and that worked really well for me. The hunger died down after a week thankfully and I got back on track with my eating. I don’t get that I must sign up for all the races after a marathon, but again, I am not a huge racer but I have a lot of friends who like to pack their calendars with races, especially when they are coming off of the marathon high.

    I’m excited you are going to run Chicago and that Alex will be there to see you run, having your husband there to support you in person is awesome!

    March 10, 2015 at 7:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I”m not a huge racer either, thankfully. These are all long term things (Run10 Feed 10 and Shamrock are both races with friends). I am too cheap!

      March 10, 2015 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply EB @ Running on E

    Well said. It’s often so hard to contain my excitement after a big race, but it’s worth it. P.S. Love the RUNATL shirt! πŸ˜‰
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    March 10, 2015 at 8:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Clap it up!!! #ATLFOREVER

      March 10, 2015 at 3:26 pm
  • Reply Michele

    The post marathon high used to get me to make big decisions too soon! It’s definitely better to hold back, as I did after Philly. That said, I do like focusing on something after marathon training for so long since I can’t go from intense training to nothing. This time it was yoga and that was definitely a GOOD decision.
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    March 10, 2015 at 8:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You really did dive right into the yoga, and I think it really has been incredible for you–body and mind!

      March 10, 2015 at 3:25 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    So easy to get wrapped up in the post race excitement and want to keep running or find another one. Always good mentally and physically to take a break, even if you don’t think you want to. Ah, but not eating like a marathoner? Easier said than done. Preggo here really wants to start marathon training so I have an excuse πŸ™‚
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    March 10, 2015 at 8:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahaha well, just tell preggo that you still only need so much glycogen

      March 10, 2015 at 3:25 pm
  • Reply Hanna

    We are shoe twins! I have those same purple Kismets πŸ™‚

    This was a great post, so informative and full of the things we need to hear beyond just the standard “alright NOBODY run for at least 4 days after a marathon GOT IT?!” advice we always get. I think I will have to bookmark it for after June 20th πŸ™‚

    I made a big mistake after my first marathon, back in October. I waited 4 days before I ran again, like everyone said to do, but for some reason when I did that first run I thought it would be a fantastic idea to do it 10K tempo pace. Shortly after that, I got extreme tightness in my calf that flared up so bad I walked awkwardly and had to take a whole week off from running. Luckily I was fine after that and it didn’t turn into anything more, but needless to say – LESSON LEARNED. I like your point that your body takes weeks, even months, to learn what’s going on post-marathon. I had toyed with the idea of doing two marathons within 4 weeks this fall as part of a local race challenge and I’m glad I decided against it.
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    March 10, 2015 at 8:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yay so excited for you in June! Yeah…. best to start that pace off slowly… Ooof. 2 marathons within 4 weeks is ok if you treat the first one realllly gently, but you cannot race them.

      March 10, 2015 at 3:24 pm
  • Reply Sara @ Lake Shore Runner

    I started running right after my first marathon – BIGGEST MISTAKE EVER. I was injured and was discouraged when a mile was hard to complete. I thought I would never be able to run again.
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    March 10, 2015 at 9:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You have had some serious battles getting back in the saddle, as it were. I’m just glad that you are making solid progress now!

      March 10, 2015 at 3:23 pm
  • Reply Sarah Rosenblatt

    http://www.amazon.com/Childrens-Ankle-Lightning-Reflector-Bands/dp/B00JXR0VOQ I saw these the other day and thought of you. Functional, practical, and AWESOME!!

    March 10, 2015 at 9:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You . are. ridiculous. and I love you.

      March 10, 2015 at 3:22 pm
  • Reply Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    There points are so important! Listen to your body, get back slowly and nutrition is important! This is important for any big event, running or otherwise! I love that you are going to be running in Chicago in the fall and Alex might be able to watch you! So exciting. I never think about that but makes total sense! How exciting! Love your tips!
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    March 10, 2015 at 9:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m really excited. Plus ALL THE MASSAGES

      March 10, 2015 at 3:22 pm
  • Reply Rae

    Excellent advice that I think we can all benefit from. I definitely take plenty of time off after a big race, particularly my first half, because I was SORE and had major blisters. Mentally I was just riding the high πŸ™‚
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    March 10, 2015 at 9:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well hopefully you can ride the high till the blisters fade haha–sometimes our bodies know how to protect us even when our brains just want to run!

      March 10, 2015 at 3:22 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    great advice! I am still voting for retail therapy πŸ™‚
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    March 10, 2015 at 9:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I was so close so many time this week. SO CLOSE

      March 10, 2015 at 3:21 pm
  • Reply Kaella (KaellaOnTheRun)

    I LOVE this post!! I’m bookmarking it for after NYC!!!

    I usually try and go for a shake out run the day after a race to get my legs moving!
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    March 10, 2015 at 10:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m a walk the day after. Then again, I am usually travelling, so I have to fit it in around long car or plane rides!

      March 10, 2015 at 3:19 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Chicago in the fall would be so exciting! If my husband and I are still living near Chicago I am tempted to make him go with me to spectate because seeing it in person would beat watching it streamed! And then I could cheer you on πŸ™‚
    These are great tips on post-race recovery! I make myself wait 4-5 days for a half and will wait probably 7 after a full to run again. My first marathon is in Portland in October, and we’re turning it into a race-cation and I think the vacation part will help me be good about recovery. And also then I’ll be with my husband who can hide any credit cards in case I try to register for another race.
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    March 10, 2015 at 10:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Race cations are the beeesssttt. I love traveling for my races. I do training races locally, sure, but if I am going to travel? I take it much more seriously!

      March 10, 2015 at 3:21 pm
  • Reply Shawna

    “step away from the race registration” lol. you would be the one to keep signing up for EVERYTHING. i actually don’t run many races — i never do shorter ones, mainly b/c i don’t want to pay for them, to be honest — and i only did 2-3 halves last year, i think. i don’t really get post-race blues…more like, i’m amazingggggggg delusions of grandeur that probably drive everyone insane. like, it’s 2 years later and i still think i’m amazing for running a marathon, and i’m struggling to run 10 miles these days. but whatevs, it makes me happy. πŸ™‚
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    March 10, 2015 at 11:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m actually really good about not signing up for races overall–I’m way too cheap hahaha. I average about 5 races a year. And you are always amazing after running a marathon. No question.

      March 10, 2015 at 3:19 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    Ha ha ha! I’ll jump off a bridge with you any day! Great advice on post-race recovery. It’s all brilliant. I try and consume as much garlic as possible after I run hard just to keep my immunity up. I reek, but it works.
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    March 10, 2015 at 11:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahahahaha that is one hell of a detox, lady. No vampires, at least πŸ˜€

      March 10, 2015 at 3:16 pm
  • Reply Farrah

    This is all such great advice! I can’t completely recall what I did after I finished my one and only half marathon (which is far from a full, but still the longest distance I’ve ever run)–I recall having a normal meal and then getting home and taking a 3-hour nap/sleep! πŸ˜› That was probably one of the most refreshing naps I ever took!
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    March 10, 2015 at 12:33 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Naps are soooooo crucial–your body is actively recovering, so it definitely appreciates it!

      March 10, 2015 at 3:18 pm
  • Reply Erin @ Erin's Inside Job

    When I finished my first half marathon last year I didn’t know what to do with myself. I had been used to structure and training and I no longer had a goal to work towards. That’s when it can be easy to start signing up for ALL THE RACES, but I just took some time and life got back to normal.
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    March 10, 2015 at 1:22 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that is also why I like the fact that I train myself and am so comfortable being flexible with my training schedule. I basically take the same thing that I do during my training and just decrease the mileage and increase the strength training.

      March 10, 2015 at 3:17 pm
  • Reply Ashley @ A Lady Goes West

    Well Susie, I agree. Having never run a marathon, I can’t share my actual experience. But I do know that our bodies always need rest. And I also know that any big event in life should be the conclusion of preparation, exercise or healthy eating. So it makes sense to stay the course there too. Hope you’re feeling good! πŸ™‚
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    March 10, 2015 at 1:28 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Definitely feeling good! I’m happy with my transitioning, and my body is responding well πŸ˜€

      March 10, 2015 at 3:15 pm
  • Reply Mar @ Mar on the Run

    mo GOD I love this post! I did absolutely, positively, NOTHING after my marathon for weeks and I loved every second of it. I had no idea what was going to come of me afterwards. Naturally I was jelly of everyone running and racing all these fun fall races but my body wouldn’t have been able to handle it. At. all. I eased in with a 2 miler then an 8k like 6 weeks later! You’re right, be kind to yourself πŸ™‚ hope you’re feeling well!!
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    March 10, 2015 at 1:30 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      But you really did need to let your body do a complete reset–you had some pretty major injuries that needed to heal! Sure, it made the races a bit of a battle, but it gave you time to recover!

      March 10, 2015 at 3:13 pm
  • Reply Melissa @ Freeing Imperfections

    Eating post-marathon was the hardest for me. And maintaining my motivation to run without another race in place. I felt so burnt out after my marathon than my running really died down. I regret that now because I think I “lost it” all too quickly, but I also knew I needed rest, just not THAT much rest.
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    March 10, 2015 at 1:30 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that is the different–I was so “un” burnt out that it can be hard for me to just lay low. Luckily, my body is pretty good at reminding me otherwise. And I know what you mean–sometimes, it’s like, ok, you are just taking advantage of it now!

      March 10, 2015 at 3:11 pm
  • Reply Anna @ Piper's Run

    I think not having a run/event/goal after my last half marathon wasn’t good. I had focused so much on training for my half, took a week off (that was hard to not run) but then my motivation was gone. I didn’t have anything to work towards, no training plan even if it was just training to be healthy not racing.

    March 10, 2015 at 1:41 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think there is a fine balance between having a goal afterwards (mid-to long- term) and allowing yourself to revel in the moment. That’s why you gotta revel, and then plan in the long term so that you can still have some structure!

      March 10, 2015 at 3:10 pm
  • Reply Marcia

    OMG I cringe when I think of the violations I incurred after my first marathon. I ramped right back up because, yes 2 days later I signed up for another marathon 6 weeks away. Aaaaand my ITB said no bueno pretty quickly. Live and learn, right?
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    March 10, 2015 at 3:04 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahahaha omg 6 weeks after? Good gravy! It’s a wonder that your ITB is still speaking to you!

      March 10, 2015 at 3:09 pm
  • Reply MaryBeth at The Thrive Blog

    I bet there is a huge NOW WHAT?! I remember when I first started running, at each milestone there is the… “there has to be more! More that I can do!”

    Our bodies are capable of some pretty impressive things. I am glad you took the to recognize they need rest and fuel…

    …before we take on the world, yet again!

    MB
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    March 10, 2015 at 3:50 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is so true–up to marathon, there is a what is next? But if you aren’t interested in doing an ultra there isn’t much further to go, just a reassessment.

      March 11, 2015 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply Earl-Leigh Designs

    I had no clue that marathons were this taxing! It truly is something you need to be physically and mentally prepared for.
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    March 10, 2015 at 8:16 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      There is so much focus on the lead up to the marathon that everyone forgets about the after! It’s like giving birth!

      March 11, 2015 at 2:29 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Great advice. Where were you when I finished my marathon last fall? Actually I felt so great that I continued to run, slowly. Finally hit rock bottom in December and took a couple weeks off. I don’t think I”ll wait that long after my next one.
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    March 10, 2015 at 9:03 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It takes hitting rock bottom before you realize that you are in a bad way and should have changed things up. And then you don’t do that again!

      March 11, 2015 at 2:28 pm
  • Reply Jill

    I always get post race blues after a big race. I do usually take several days off from running but mentally I always feel so lost for awhile. Like what am I supposed to do now?! But see you already have a couple events lined up to look forward to :).
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    March 10, 2015 at 9:41 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m a big goal race type of person, so typically I have a few races before but not after (with the exception of the last marathon). This is the most I’ve had planned in a long time!

      March 11, 2015 at 2:28 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ ihadabiglunch

    All great classic Suz-advice πŸ™‚ I love that you signed up for the Shamrock Shuffle! I did it last year and it was a blast. Can’t wait til I’m fast enough to hang with the big dogs and run with you in upcoming races. Alex has only seen you race once?! No bueno! You two and your crazy schedules πŸ™ that’s true love though! You work through it. I bet respecting your nutrition has been tough…you have to battle that mind monster who says “Well I just ran a marathon I can DO WHATEVER I WANT!!!!” No, 12 donuts is never a good idea, even if you ran 26 miles.
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    March 10, 2015 at 10:28 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Seriously. Now, BITES of 12 different donuts (hello, research?) that is ok. And yeah, Alex has seen me run once, on the weekend that we moved here. That was the only time he has ever been free!

      March 11, 2015 at 2:00 pm
  • Reply Jess @hellotofit

    Such great tips, my friend! It’s so important to honor and respect our body, especially post-race; and we’ll feel good in the long run πŸ™‚
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    March 11, 2015 at 12:44 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Exactly. The whole point is to look life as one big training cycle! You gotta take rest periods!

      March 11, 2015 at 1:59 pm
  • Reply Nicole@TheGirlWhoRanEverywhere

    I love this post! I had to pull back from registering from races too soon after Boston this year. My bday is only a couple weeks later and last year, I did a half that wknd bc i wanted to do a bday race. This year, I really wanted to go back and run the same race, however….I deicded that I know I probably won’t perform very well, So I will hold out until a June race and just do an awesome long run on my bday instead. Sometimes, in the post marathon glory haze, our mind are only focusing on the “what’s next” which can be really tough to do!! Great post! And, I’m glad you’re doing Chicago! Not having to travel for races is the BEST!

    March 12, 2015 at 7:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think sometimes doing an awesome long run instead of a race is even better–you get to go when you want, where you want, do what you want, and you get presents ( and if you hubs is ON POINT, still get a necklace/medal!). Plus, you don’t have to pay for ish. And people still give you freebies πŸ˜€

      March 12, 2015 at 4:38 pm

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