One thing I have learned over the journey is that what works for one may not work for another. Anyway this is what I am doing….if it works…great…if not…well I will try something else next time.Follow me at your peril !
When I ran my first Marathon I did not run again for 4 months. During the 20 or so Marathons I ran in the 80s I eventually altered this plan and started with a very short painful jog for about 4 minutes the day after the race.
According to ‘ The Athletes Guide to Recovery ‘ if you run as slow as me for a quick recovery it should be 15 days and for a slow recovery 23 days.
The day after the Marathon ( yesterday) I did a super short jog. Today I ran my usual 3 Km run….the one I used in my taper. True my quads were a bit sore and I felt a little tired. But I ran sort of OK. …….I think the fact that I had to get up at 4.30 in the morning to race…and then last night we had a dinner party going late into the night caused me to feel tired. I also drove a friend to the airport….what a guy! 🙂
I once read (somewhere) that for recovery it’s one day for every Km raced. Hmmmmm…that’s 42 days….6 weeks. I am of the mind that this is correct in so far as having another decent race. I would not expect to run a worthwhile race in the next six weeks.