Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tuesday Training - Post First Marathon

I am proud and relieved to have finished my first marathon.  Just 2 weeks prior to it, I was contemplating backing out and/or dropping down to a shorter distance because I did not feel prepared, but on the advice of a well-seasoned marathoner, I decided to stick to the original plan.

I have not run since and am enjoying the short break from runs.  My plan is to start again this week...

Here are some post marathon tips from Cleveland Clinic:

Don't plan on running during the week after the race. Walking, swimming, or cycling at an easy pace will work well.

When you resume running, start easy — 30 minutes three to four times per week — and increase gradually from there. Most experts will tell you to avoid speed work for a month after a marathon.

Start planning for your next marathon. Review your training; determine what worked well and what presented a problem. Adjust your training schedule accordingly. Experience is the best teacher.

Do not restart your strength training program for 2 weeks following the event.

Allow your body to recover. An extreme athletic event like a marathon is incredibly stressful on the body. The body needs the rest; otherwise, problems such as injuries, fatigue, decreases in performance, and immune suppression can result.

Tips from Cleveland Clinic

Any other post marathon tips?

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