Life After 26.2 Miles

It’s hard to believe that it’s been just one week since I ran the Vermont City Marathon. The first two days afterwards I was so sore! The worst DOMS I ever experienced.  It was quite comical to see all the other marathoners hobbling around on Monday around our hotel and in Burlington. I tried walking quickly after my son and was almost brought to tears! By Wednesday I was much better but my hamstrings and quads were still super tight. Finally by Thursday I was feeling human again. I credit all the walking I did immediately after the race back to our car (all up hill – Oy!) and the following two days while we were in Burlington. I also hit up the hotel pool and did gentle yoga poses to ease the tension.

So now that the marathon is over, what does life after 26.2 miles look like? Friday was the first day that I felt my body start to crave running again. I know my body needs rest after all the training I’ve done for the past 4+ months. The last time I took an extended break from running was in mid January. I don’t want to lose any of my fitness/endurance that I’ve gained but I don’t want to be injured either. Research shows that even though you may be ready to run again, the marathon has left damage on the cellular level and skeletal muscles that need rest to fully recover.  If that’s not reason enough, even elite runners take time off post marathon.

My right foot is still sore and not 100% so I’m laying off running for maybe another week or so. I’ll be hitting my bike, walking, strength training and getting back to my yoga practice (I’m trying out a new studio too!). Saturday morning I had a great ride down to the bay.

Early morning Bay - happyfitmama.comDuring the ride I started thinking about all the time I spent on my bike last summer after my knee injury. I’ve come a long way from there and I don’t want to go back anytime soon. If taking a couple weeks off from running helps, I’m doing it.

Last week I mentioned that I am now an ambassador for  Over the weekend their site finally launched and is now fully operational. is different than other online retailers. Here’s some of their unique offers:

  • Confident Runner Pricing – An option presented upon checkout which rewards those who know exactly what they are looking for. This option waives the Free Return Shipping but offers the shoe at a below retail price. Shipping of product to customer is still free, as is the return shipping of donated shoes for Kindness Cash Rewards Program.
  • Free 3 Way Shipping – Free shipping of your order to you, free shipping of any returns for any reason, free shipping of your donated shoes back to us for re-purposing with Soles 4 Souls or The More Foundation Group.
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Pretty cool perks for just ordering shoes that you would have bought anyway. I think I need to do some shopping asap!

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Do you embrace rest periods?

29 comments on “Life After 26.2 Miles

  1. You will not lose fitness at all. Rest is the name of the game at this point. I read somewhere re: injury…”Do you want to run tomorrow, or do you want to be able to run 5 years from now?” I was shocked when I was able to run a solid half marathon 4 months after my first marathon…and this was after taking 6 weeks off AND having a very spotty training cycle due to illness. The base that I established had pulled me through. My coach kept saying “Trust the base!” and now I know what she means. Trust the base and you’ll surprise yourself with your next training venture.

    Going to check out kindrunner right now!
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  2. You’re being so smart in these post-marathon weeks. I give you lots of props for that. The typical first-time marathoner rides the high right into too much running and gets hurt (I did this way back when). And I agree that all that walking was a good thing for you to move the junk out.

    Love the Kindrunner concept!
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  3. Great post! I just wrote about my own break from running post marathon. I think runners often get tunnel vision for our races. I felt like I finished my marathon and suddenly looked around and remembered all of the things I had set aside for the sake of training! I’m enjoying training for a triathlon right now-being on my bike is a great change of pace. Enjoy your break and congrats on your marathon finish!

  4. Rest up!!! You are being really smart about letting your body fully recover…it will thank you later! After my marathon I took a while off of running to recharge my body and mind! A lot goes into the training mentally as well. I need to embrace rest a little better myself!
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  5. Yay for the marathon! I’m getting caught up with blogs right now! Congrats! I had my first marathon on April 20 and I took pretty much the whole month of May as very light running. My highest weekly mileage was two weeks ago around 15 miles total, so nothing hard core. I think that is the best approach, imo, to take it easy. Plus, you earned some down time! 🙂 I’m now starting to get mentally back in gear and get going back into “runner mode”. Enjoy some rest!
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  6. I hope the foot starts feeling better soon, taking it easy sounds like the smart route to go.

    Rest can be hard, but learning to embrace it can be one of the best things for you. You learn that rest can mean recovering quicker and less injuries. It’s not always easy to embrace it but take the time to do some other (non-running) things for yourself!
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  7. Glad you’re taking some time off and letting yourself rest! I’ve been trying to start planning my own recovery weeks after my first marathon coming up in *gulp* less than 3 weeks (holy crap, how is it already so soon???). I learned the hard way after my first half that you’ve gotta respect the distance!
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  8. Race periods are nice for 1-2 days but then I start to go stir crazy– it’s so hard and the mind plays so many games on you! Head trash for sure! Enjoy the break if you can! You deserve it! I did a 1/2 yesterday am resting today but will back at it tomorrow!
    Full marathons are a ton of work! I’ve done 2 and I just like 13.1 better– easier to train and recover from!
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  9. Glad that you are taking the time off and letting your body heal and recoup. That’s a lot of training over the last 4+ months! Apparently I do embrace rest periods. I was all gung-ho to keep up my mileage and training after my 10 miler but tweaks and pains here and there and I’m laying off running for a while. We come this far from injury, right?? Can’t wait to hear what’s next for you! 🙂
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  10. I am on a post marathon break too! It’s been 8 days with no running, it feels great, but ready to ease back into it. Kindrunner sounds really interesting! I have been checking them out daily, I will be buying my next pair from them.
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  11. Kindrunner sounds really neat! I’m excited to check out their website.

    I have a hard time resting after races, but it is definitely necessary. After a marathon it’s a bit easier because of the fact that it is hard to walk for about a week 🙂 I also try to make sure I space my races out so I’m not racing back to back weekends, having time to recover inbetween.
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