So I was reading an article from the awesome Jason Fitzgerald on returning to running post marathon. I definitely think recovery is the most vital in the weeks following 26.2 miles. I like to do somewhat of a reverse taper and slowly build the miles back up so I can get back out on those streets. And of course run to the tune of sunrises like this.
Here are some things I think are the most crucial in the first few weeks post marathon.
-Sleep. I can absolutely tell my body needs more of it after the rigors of marathon training. And I have to tell ya…lately I am just loving me some sleep. What helps me with this is just forcing myself to get in the bed around 9pm…and maybe listen to some relaxing music and then I slowly knock out.
-Stretching. Getting my yoga on lately has never felt so good. Check out Adriene’s yoga videos on youtube if you want to do some good workouts in your living room. Or like me, get your crow pose on in the kitchen.
-Massages. Check out Massage Envy locations all over the U.S. and if you work for a corporation they will let you use your benefits/flex account. I have been getting massages faithfully for several years and it helps prevent injury.
-Go on easy runs with no running watch/data, etc. Just BE OUTSIDE and enjoy the wind on your face. Listen to your feet as they hit the pavement. Listen to your breathing. Enjoy the sounds of nature…just the simplicity of a run and how it makes your body and mind feel.
-Hydration. I’ve been taking in lots of water lately. I can definitely tell when I don’t drink enough. Even as the weather gets colder out it is just as important to stay hydrated. Plus it makes your skin glow!
Come Get it Bae- Pharrell: Warm up
Yonce (Electric Bodega Trap Remix)– Beyonce: Jumps
Body Language- Kid Ink feat Usher: Climb 5/6/7
Fireball- Pitbull: Sprints
Break Free- Ariana Grande: Active recovery
Holy Grail- Jay-Z feat Justin Timberlake: Rolling hills
Where Have You Been (Paperchaser Remix)- Rihanna: Climb 7/8/9
Animals (Remix)- Maroon 5 feat J. Cole: Standing run
The Drop- Bro Safari: Accelerations
She Knows- Neyo feat Juicy J: Jumps on a hill
Tuesday- ILOVEMAKKONEN feat Drake: Climb 8/9/10
Habits (Chainsmokers Extended Mix)- Tove Lo: Standing run
L.A. Love- Fergie: Sprints
Body Party (Figgy Mix)- Ciara: Cool down
What are some things you do to recover post marathon? Any songs you’re loving for spinning/running lately?