The past two weeks were all about recovery from my marathon. Well, they should have been. However, it wasn’t all just about race recovery. I took the first week off from running (and all exercise) and also fought off a stomach bug. The second week I started easing back into some light workouts. Let’s take a look at how these marathon race recovery weeks played out.
Marathon Race Recovery Week 1
I was planning to take at least 1 week off from running after my race, which I did. I figured I might do some walking, yoga, or stretching if I had time. What I didn’t plan for was coming down with a stomach bug. While it was brief and not all that bad, it definitely made marathon recovery a little trickier!
I did nothing but rest on Monday-Thursday. On Monday I was still pretty sore, but felt fine otherwise all day at work. As soon as I got home and started to make dinner my stomach felt off. I questioned if maybe it was just a weird side effect of the race and didn’t think much of it. I was up most of the night and any sleeping I did that night was on the couch.
On Tuesday I felt absolutely awful, but I didn’t know if my body was so achy from the race, from sleeping on the couch or from being sick. I was scheduled to be off from work anyways so I spent the day recovering. Since no one else in the house was sick I figured it must have been something I ate or related to marathon recovery.
Well, then guess who got sick on Wednesday night? Grayson didn’t even get one bite of dinner down and I knew he must have caught whatever I had. (How did I possibly pick up a stomach bug?? I wear a mask everywhere, wasn’t even around anyone at work on Friday or Monday, so did it happen at the race? It’s so strange). He slept through the night but was not himself when he woke up, so we had to keep him home. And of course, he needed a covid test to return to school, so he was home Friday too. But he only got sick that one time and was totally back to himself by Friday morning.
Friday: Core and Walk
Since I was finally feeling recovered from both the race and being sick on Friday, I did a few minutes of core work and mobility early, and then took Grayson for a walk later on. It felt really good to be outside and to be moving again!
Saturday: 3.2 Stroller Miles
My first run back! The 3 of us went out for a stroller run and my legs were pretty tight during the first mile but loosened up nicely. Grayson spent the whole run asking to get out. I guess we are getting to the point where its going to be harder to keep him in there!
Sunday: 3.1 Stroller Miles
Another family stroller run. Once again Grayson gave us some trouble but we made it. Now that we’re not doing stroller runs as often he isn’t really used to being in there anymore.
Marathon Race Recovery Week 2
Monday: Strength Training
It felt really good to get back to lifting again! My workouts were modified starting about 3 weeks before my race so I was lifting lighter and spending less time lifting. I got back to some of my usual exercises this week and my glutes were on fire (I love that feeling!)
Tuesday: 3.8 Miles
Birthday miles! 3.8 miles for 38 years. This was the day after the Boston Marathon and I started to think about when my BQ time would drop to 3:40. (It would be whenever I run a qualifying race for the 2024 race). However, with the way things are going I’d still need a 5+ minute cushion and who knows if they will lower the qualifying times again!
Wednesday: Rest Day
I was feeling a little DOMS from Monday and Rob was planning to leave really early for work, so I made this a rest day. I did do a couple minutes of core and yoga just to get moving.
Thursday: 3.1 Miles
Another easy morning run! I did a 5k to count towards the Brooks’ Run Happy Fest. It goes from 10/13-10/17!
Friday: Strength Training and 20 Minutes Spin Bike
Yes, you read that right- I used my spin bike! I can’t remember the last time I was on there. It felt good to sweat and work my muscles in a different way.
Oh and guess who got sick again and needed another covid test? I think he’s had 11 now. He just had a cough but we had to keep him home. Luckily Rob was off and I was working from home for a virtual conference.
Saturday: 4 Stroller Miles
I didn’t feel like getting up early to run, so once we were all up I asked who wanted to run with me and everyone agreed! Grayson did better this time (Cheerios got us through the first 2 miles) and we added some hills back in. It is starting to look a little bit like fall!
Sunday: Planning for a few miles
I am not sure if we will do another family run or if I will run alone. We have plans to go apple and pumpkin picking in the late morning, so I’m not sure how much time we will have. I’m excited that it’s supposed to be a little cooler now!
Have you ever gotten sick right after a big race?
How long do you usually take off from running after a marathon?