This round after 26.2, I was surprised that the pain I felt was equivalent to every other distance race I had accomplished to date. I’m not sure if it’s because I trained poorly for the halves and relays in the past, or if because I trained exceptionally well for the full mary and was fully anticipating not being able to walk. I did have a pretty sweet gimp until about Tuesday thanks to my IT band on my right leg, but I think with the guidance of Ashley and Kara along with reading lots of recovery articles, my transition back into running and working out went pretty smooth. Here is how the days post marathon broke out, that ultimately assisted in my speedy recovery.
Sunday Post Race
After getting out of the shower, I quick dressed in comfy clothes and proceeded to shuffle downstairs to sit on our radiator and ice my knee at the same time.
That night I was exhausted and so bed time at 8 PM was probably one of the best night's sleep I had in a long time.
Day 1- The Monday After
To ease the pain, I once again got into a hot shower and stretched, and then went on local errands with my mom, walking short distances to keep my legs loose. I found the more I sat still, the tighter my legs became so movement- albeit slow movement, was the goal of day 1. Monday was also the day I ate everything and anything that was in front of my face. I tried to make sure my meals were 70% protein to help in muscle repair and also to satiate the monster inside of me! Of course, a little fro-yo never hurt the post-marathon hunger train ;)
Day 2- Tuesday
By Wednesday, I was back to my normal self. I was still slightly achy when I woke up, but nothing like I had anticipated. I applied some KT tape to my right IT band to provide support for when I decided to run/ Crossfit again and went along my merry way.
Yesterday was my first day back to Crossfit Sine Pari and I have to tell you, I was so excited to be back! With a mile run (and no knee pain) and a 15 min AMRAP, it was great to workout and feel even stronger than I had 2 weeks ago. This Saturday will be my first long run post-marathon. Afterall, I have a very special relay to prepare for!
Question of the Day: For all you racers out there, how many days does it take you to recover? What are your secrets for success?