After I finished the Richmond Marathon, I instantly had a sense of accomplishment. I felt so proud and so excited about what I’d just done. However, as most runners know, soon after you cross that finish line you begin thinking about what’s next. The day I ran my marathon, I swore I’d be one and done. And then I woke up the next morning thinking that I wanted to do it again (and run better and smarter). However, that may not be the case for you. I know I spent so much time thinking about the race, that I didn’t focus much on what would come after — how long I’d rest from running, what exercises I would do, etc.
- Pack your bag check gear carefully. This is SO important! Think about what you might want after being on your feet for hours and hours. For me, I packed a warm shirt, flip flops, and face wipes. I wish I’d packed comfy socks and my cozy moccasin shoes instead. My feet hurt so much that the flip flops didn’t do the trick. Next time, I’ll be prepared!
- Take it easy! I didn’t run for almost two weeks after my marathon. And I enjoyed that time to let my legs recover. I did some corework, some squats, pushups, etc but mostly I truly rested. I walked a lot but I didn’t push it. And for my first run post marathon, I kept it short and sweet. My legs feel amazing and now I’m ready for my next training cycle. Which brings me to my last tip…
- Get back on the horse (or don’t). I knew the day after my marathon that I wanted to do it again. About a week after my race, I committed to the Potomac River Running Marathon Training Program that starts Saturday. It was important to me to jump on it once I knew I’d be running another race. If you are feeling like you want to race again, go ahead and sign up. But don’t feel pressured to! While it’s important to stay active and healthy, you don’t have to be on a constant schedule of working towards a race.
What did you do after your last big race? Anything you’d change?