"You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can't know what's coming." - Frank Shorter, 1972 Olympic marathon gold medalist
Recovery period after running a marathon is very important. A lot of runners completely overlook it and go into recovery with no plan. Your plan should have two goals: Prepare for recovery without injury. Set new targets for yourself.
I walk everyday for 30 minutes for one week after running a marathon. The next week I run 4 times for 30 minutes a day. I gradually work my speed and distance up from that. I have learned from experience that this recovery plan works best for me. I have jumped back into running too quickly after a marathon and then got injured.
I start planning my next race or series of races. I need a goal to shoot for or I loose focus. I promptly signed up for the St. Louis Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. That means after a short break from running to let my body recover and heal it is back into training.
What advice do you have for the recovery period?