Two words describe how I felt most of last week: hungry and tired. Not a great combination. I was sore the first couple of days, but thankfully that passed and I thought I felt like myself again, but I didn't....I was so tired....exhausted tired. And I would go through periods of being SO hungry.
Here's my breakdown of the week after a marathon:
Your body obviously needs to recover after running a marathon. I committed to taking a full week off since I'm running Memphis in 7 weeks. I wanted to be sure to give my body a chance to rest and recover before ramping up training again. If it weren't for Memphis, I probably would've gone on a short easy run towards the end of last week simply because I was itching to do so, but I didn't. I was really excited to run this morning. I had to run on the treadmill and I haven't been loving that lately, but it felt great this morning. I only did 4 easy miles, but I could've kept going.
As I've mentioned many times before, another favorite way to recover is with Epsom salt baths. I didn't take as many as I would've like to this past week, but I loved the ones I took.
I normally wake up a few hours before the boys do because I'm a morning person and it lets me fit in a run, have some 'me' time, empty the dishwasher without little ones grabbing utensils and climbing inside, or prep breakfast....but for the past two weeks, I slept until I heard the boys wake up most mornings so I could get a little extra sleep in the week before and after the marathon.
Your body is still recovering and needs extra protein and carbs to do so. Following a marathon, I go by what my body is craving and eat what sounds good. This past week, I felt as though my appetite was a little bigger than normal...and I responded accordingly.
Everyone knows the person that goes into his/her first marathon saying they just want to run one and then they'll be done...and a lot of people think that they might be running their last marathon in the middle of the race. But what does everyone do after they finish? Think about what other races they want to run, how they could've trained better/smarter/harder, and pick new goals. There is something that happens at that finish line that sucks people in. I've thought hard about my goals for Memphis this week and spent time working on my training plan. I didn't think at all about my goals or training for Memphis leading up to Chicago, but once Chicago was over, it was front and center.
Thankfully I am feeling back to normal now because it's hard to keep up with these two when I'm tired....
How long do you take off after a race?