You've just had your Disney-like moment. You ran your marathon – 26.2 miles of bliss (liar!). Or rather, you finished the race with a smile, four blisters, wobbly legs and a good time. You still remember the cheering fans as you came across the finish line. In fact, the last time someone cheered for you was when you won a spelling bee in second grade.|
Now what? You had been training for that moment for 16 weeks. Every day was carefully planned. You gave up dancing, cleaning out the garage and cheeseburgers. You drank Gatorade, ate stuff called gel and strapped frozen corn to your sore body parts after your long runs.
Many runners feel a certain kind of loss the days after a marathon. I have even named this feeling the post-marathon blues. It makes sense if you really think about it. You have been consumed with one goal. It defined a huge part of your life for quite some time. Now what do you do? Should you start planning now for something else? When should you start running again? What do you do with those sore, cranky legs?
Never hurry. Never worry. That is your motto for the next 26 days. Many runners don’t plan the few weeks AFTER the marathon and experience injuries, burn out, bad runs and bad moods. Here's what you can do to recover quicker and make you a better runner:
Don't rush through your life…