It is hard to believe that the Illinois Marathon was one week ago. My legs are recovering nicely from the race as well as my face from smiling so much. As I type this post, I am still smiling about the race.
Recovery and taper weeks are hard for me. I like to run, so giving my legs the proper rest they need is something that I struggle with. My next race is in 2 weeks - a half marathon, and I want to be ready for it when the day arrives. Therefore, this week was about taking it easy. Here's what I did:
Sunday - rest
Monday - rest
Tuesday - 3 miles
Wednesday - 4 miles
Thursday - 6 miles
Friday - 5 miles
Saturday - 1 mile
(tomorrow) - 12 to 15 miles, to be decided in the morning
I also did some biking and walking this past week to help in the recovery process. I've discovered that walking helps my legs recover so much quicker from a workout. Plus, I find it very relaxing.
After my marathon on Saturday, I decided that I would take 1 full week and not run 1 miles faster than 8:00 pace. It worked well for Sunday and Monday, when I rested, and Tuesday and Wednesday, when my legs were still recovering. On Thursday I went to my running group run and ran a nice, easy pace with my friend.
Then came Friday. My legs were starting to feel better and I just wanted to run. The weather was practically perfect, nice and warm. I lifted my 7:xx ban but decided that all miles had to be above 7:30 pace. The run was wonderful, and ended in a 7:45 pace for 5 miles. I'd say recovery week is going well thus far. Soon, it will be over and I'll be able to run normal mileage again.
How do you recover from races? I eat when I'm hungry, which is usually all of the time, and run a lot less.