Recovery week

You might be wondering what the week after a marathon looks like for a triathlete. Well, I think you’ll be please to know, I am taking a recovery week! I will not be running at all this week. I plan to do my first run on Sunday-1 week after the marathon. I’ve taken as little as 2 days off of running after a marathon, and as much as 3 weeks off. Already, just 3 days after the race, I am feeling much better, and probably COULD run today if I wanted to, but I think it will be helpful for me in the long run to take a few extra days of rest :)

….but only from running!

I have decided to resume my swimming workouts on Thursday. They are zero impact, and hardly work my legs at all anyway, so I’m full go as far as swimming is concerned. I felt good enough to do my swim workout last night even, but John thought it would be a good idea to have one more day of complete rest. I ended up being super tired by 8pm last night, so I think it was a good decision not to swim!

As far as biking goes, I’m still on the fence about that. I obviously “skipped” my long bike ride on Sunday since I ran a marathon. :) But, this morning, I would like to do an easy bike ride at least. I think I’ll do an hour of easy riding this morning, and then resume my regular bike workouts on Friday. My quads are still a tad sore, so I don’t want to risk making them angry by doing a hard workout today :)

I am not, however, finding additional “workouts” to replace my running this week. Instead, I am using my additional free time to sleep in a little, get some extra work done, and most importantly, foam roll & STRETCH! Looooots of stretching going on here. Any free minute I have at work, I stop and stretch. I stretch in the shower, I stretch before bed, and I’ve been stretching when I get up in the morning. I’m a firm believer in staying loose (or regaining flexibility) after a race. Since I’m not running, it’s easier than ever for my muscles to tighten up, so I want to prevent that if at all possible :) image-29

What does your recovery look like after a race? Do you take less time off when you’re “in season” as opposed to at the end of your racing season? I’d love to hear your experiences!

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