As most people know, last week, I ran the New York City Marathon. It went as well as it could for my training and for the day. I ran a 3:27.19. My only goal was to start and finish healthy and I did just that.
After the marathon, I took a week off. I strongly think everyone needs 1-2 full weeks off a year. It doesn’t matter whether you are a professional, elite, weekend warrior, or just getting into the sport. I took two weeks off in September as well as earlier in the year.
To me, and my body, New York City Marathon felt more like a very long run and effort. I raced as hard as I could for the day but it wasn’t my fastest day (in fact, it was my slowest LOL).
The week after the marathon, I was busy with life and work (Tuesday-Friday I spent 12ish hours out of the house), and I can’t say I made time to do all of the “recovery things” except sleep. I walked relatively normal 2 days after the marathon and a full week later, my legs feel stiff but not hurt.
On Saturday, I went and hiked at Hawk Mountain. It was the first physical activity I did all week. We’ve wanted to do this hike for a while but never gotten around to it. It was gorgeous and the views are incredible.
On Sunday, I did my first run back (4 miles) and felt stiff but good. My body felt like I ran a marathon but also hadn’t run in a few days. It felt good to just get moving again.
With minimal working out (just Saturday and Sunday), my running week was boring. I am looking forward to getting back into training for shorter races. The next few weeks are just focused on building fitness and quality miles.
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Questions for you;
How long do you take off after a major race?
Where is your favorite hike?