10 commandments of marathon recovery

You've run the marathon. Now it's time to recover those tired running legs.I rarely do reruns of earlier posts, but since we are smack in the middle of all the big fall marathons, I thought I’d share a post I ran a couple of years back after having finished up the Richmond Marathon. Enjoy!

1. Thou shall take a moment to be proud, even if you aren’t happy with your time
2. In the first week post-marathon, thou shall not run with friends who did not run the marathon–their pace will be more than you need right now. In fact, not running at all for one week is not a bad idea!
3. Thou shall hit snooze if that’s what you feel like doing–better yet, turn off the alarm all together!
4. Thou shall not run speedwork (hopefully for a good few weeks!)
5. Thou shall cross train if thou wants
6. Thou shall indulge in favorite treats for a day or two, then get back to normal. You’re not exercising all that much right now–don’t pack on unwanted pounds!
7. Thou shall not bore non-runner friends with the endless details of your 26.2
8. Thou shall not wear your medal to work, book club, the gym, your kids’ school, etc.
9. Thou shall refrain from signing up for the next marathon until you’ve had time to come back down to earth and reality

10. Thou shall take inventory of what worked, what didn’t, and learn those lessons for the future

What are your rules of recovery? 


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  1. says

    I wear my medal out to the post race meal then sadly hang it on a light fixture in my bathroom (???)
    The one rule I break is the one of not boring my friends with my tales of pavement pounding. BUT: they talk an awful lot about their kids afterschool activities and as exciting as THAT is I think my marathon talk evens us up!
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  2. says

    Those are funny! I just did my first marathon with friends who were also doing their firsts and one of them signed up for the next one the next day! Pretty funny that’s on your commandments. I did try to wear my medal to work for “costume day” saying I was a marathoner. They told me I was so lame!
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  3. Katharine says

    Oh the medals! I ran marine corps last weekend and onmy flight home there were four people wearing the shirts and one guy in business attire wearing his medal. What else could I do? I pinned on my bib and showed them all up!

  4. says

    I totally wear my medal to work, and in the shower, and to the grocery store…Just kidding. I generally don’t care about the hardware, but I will say after this past marathon I wanted my medal (though I gave to my kids). I think I was proud…
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