Marathon Recovery

I am still recovering from the marathon, so I’m not sure if the different body aches are illness or mary related. One thing I do know is milk based hot chocolate was a bad idea last night since I am coughing up things that shouldn’t be discussed in public.

The week after a marathon is called Zero Week. Hal Hidgon has a great breakdown of exactly what you should do (or not do) in the time after the race:

Generally, it takes a minimum of two to three weeks for the body to recover from the strain of running 26 miles 385 yards. Return too quickly and you increase your risk of injury. Some experts suggest resting one day for every mile you run in the marathon, thus 26 days of no hard running or racing! Others suggest one day for every kilometer, thus 42 days rest. Often the determining factor is not how quickly your body recovers, but how quickly your mind recovers, since you temporarily will have lost your main training goal. Olympic champion Frank Shorter says: “You’re not ready to run another marathon until you’ve forgotten the last one.”

I plan to take it easy for the rest of the week and then start getting ready for my half marathon (Feb. 7th) next week. My body feels surprisingly well considering how much I battered it on Sunday :)

My Marathon Recovery – Tuesday/Day 2 after the marathon: My legs are a little sore and tired. My neck/shoulder area is also sore. Immediately after the race my knee was hurting, but that has pretty much went away.  Overall, my muscles feel very tight and should probably spend some time stretching. I have the energy to go for a walk and I want to make sure my muscles stay relaxed so that’s the plan for today.

While I was making breakfast I snacked on a ton of blubes:IMG_4037

Breakfast was oat bran with soy milk, chia seeds, vanilla, cinnamon, stevia and topped with PB. I really wanted to add cottage cheese, but thought the dairy would only make my cough worse.IMG_4040 Yesterday I picked up a set of three water bottles from Costco (I seriously plug that like Costco is my last name). I lost my precious HUGE water bottle at some point on our way to Florida :( I was devastated.IMG_4046 Since that water bottle was so big it takes three to fill it’s place in my heart. I was thinking about giving one to Ben, but then I realized that would be silly. I am going to fill them up every morning and make sure to drink them all each day. Actually, drinking water is never a problem for me  not counting Sunday’s marathon where I convinced myself I was over-hydrating and wasn’t letting myself drink enough.

I will see you all in a bit :) Make it a great day!


  1. says

    I almost bought those water bottles last week because my dedicated work bottle broke! Let me know how you like them.

    I was definitely on the “42 day” side of marathon recovery, but I was already injured going into it. Then I got bursitis 2 weeks post-marathon on my first run back. Yeah, so I’m really not built for running. I should’ve pursued UFC or WWE or something along those lines…

    I’m glad that your recovery is good so far. Hopefully the ick that you feel is just recovery and not actually illness!

  2. says

    Congrats on the marathon!! You sound like you’re doing wonderfully post race! Rest up and take care of you’re body, it sounds like you’re going to rock the 1/2 marathon you’ve got coming up! xoxo!!

  3. says

    I like that description of zero week. 42 days seems like a long time though! SO true about temporary losing your training goal–you forget about what the mind goes through doing a marathon!

  4. says

    AH! i LOVE those contigo water bottles. i have four.. i am obsessed. they make the water so much easier to drink, it is like a beer bong but for water. just shoots down your throat! i always drink 5 bottles full daily. great job on the marathon, by the way, loved your recaps.

  5. says

    I am all over that mind recovery thing. I was burned out going *into* my last marathon. It took two months and 10 pounds to get back into a mental state where I wanted to train, much less race. In fact, when you look at my rather sparse race schedule, I may still be a little burned out…

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