Half-marathon recovery (question)

Monday, March 04, 2013

Hi again -- I just wanted to note that I'm recovering really fast this time around from yesterday's HM. I was indeed pretty stiff yesterday afternoon and evening and into the early morning. Shortly after breakfast things loosened up well, so that I could do some dog walking without problem. Also took a soak in the therapy pool (warm!) after lunch.

I should note I ate well to replenish and restore after the race: bratwurst, red cabbage, potato salad and mixed green salad with bacon and turkey pieces with olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dinner; yoghurt with banana and nuts for Sunday breakfast; scrambled eggs with salmon for lunch, ground beef and leeks for dinner.

I'd like to think this is because I'm Superman, but .... So, I'd like to think that this is a matter of (1) general fitness, and esp. (2) the benefits of the diet we've been eating (paleo-primal, wheat and gluten-free, organic).

Does anyone else have a take on this? What have your normal recovery times been? Has diet made a difference one way or another? Thanks in advance! emoticon
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    Rule of thumb is an easy day for each mile raced. The better your training, the harder an "easy day" can be.... So for a total novice who didn't train a lot, it means several days off, then really short runs for a couple of weeks. For you, sounds like you trained well, are well nourished - may mean a day or two off, a short run, then back to 5-10 mile runs pretty quickly... take a look at a marathon plan - they often include a 1/2 marathon race as part of the training, and they don't scale back much after that race.
    1783 days ago
    Congrats on your amazing PR! I'm a newer runner, about a year and a half. I notice the more I run long races, the less soreness the next day. That's a good thing. But, like Windsurf said, your muscles are still fatigued, even though you feel great.
    1783 days ago
    If you have followed a solid training plan, your half is harder than your weekly long work out, but your body is used to being pushed hard and has adapted to recover from exertion. As some others have said, you should probably scale back the intensity for the runs this week.

    1783 days ago
    I am not a marathon runner, but I do long-distance runs and hikes. I give myself 2-3 days with lots of gentle stretching. This last trip, I used an ice pack for a sore shoulder. Every trip is different. Every recovery time is different.
    1783 days ago
    I'd say that you feel fine because you are fit. That's the benefit of being well trained! However be gentle with yourself on your next few runs...you might find (as I did) that you start out a workout feeling ok but get that "empty tank" feeling after a short distance/time. The fatigue in your muscles probably won't manifest during your day-to-day activities but you'll know it's there when you ask for a moderate effort.

    Take some time to savor your victory and your PR! Listen to your body...it will tell you how to ease back into your routine.
    1783 days ago
    Don't have any advice yet. I signed up for my 1st Half-marathon last month. Running it this fall.

    Just wanted to say Congrats!!!

    1783 days ago
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