Recovery can look different for everyone. Some people start running again right away, but make sure to keep everything easy; no hard running or speed work during recovery. Some people don't run at all. Others fall somewhere in between. And I'm sure we all know those people who ignore the recovery completely and just keep powering through...they often end up injured or burned out.
What did it look like for me? I was physically and mentally drained after the marathon. I fully embraced the need for recovery. I barely ran at all, and when I did it was slow. I slept more. I didn't do lunges or planks or donkey kicks. And it was good.
|My Facebook word cloud shows how focused I was on MCM training.|
No wonder I needed a break!
Yesterday I ran 5 miles with the PR Training base camp group. It's the longest I've run since the marathon. Each mile was faster than the last. It felt so much better than the previous weeks' runs had felt. It felt great!
I checked the calendar and it was exactly 27 days after the marathon. Recovery has officially ended. I'm back!