Thursday, March 17, 2016

5 Ways to Recover After a Long Race


After running The Woodlands Marathon on March 5, I was excited to get back to running but I knew that my body needed some rest. Here's what I did on the days following the marathon.

  • Walked my dog, Zoe, and bird-watched.

  • Spotted the first Bluebonnet of the season in the park during an easy run.
  • Went on easy-paced bike rides while my husband videoed me with his drone.
  • Napped like athlete Mirinda Carfrae - no 2 hour naps for me, though!

  • Ate whatever I wanted like tart cherries for recovery (cherry smoothie recipe) and pecan pie - I won a whole pie on Pi Day, on 3/14, for memorizing the first 25 numbers of pi. It made a great topping on my oatmeal. It's healthier that way, right?!
How do you recover after a race?



19 comments:

  1. Getting out and walking my dog is my favorite way to recover and just spend time outdoors with out thinking about time or pace!

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    1. It's such a nice mental break not to worry about pace after you've run your race.

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  2. That pie looks delicious! And it's Pi Day, so it's totally justified :-)

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  3. I like to use race recovery as a time to catch up on all of the things I neglected during training. So I spend more time with my husband and dogs, going on hikes and playing games and such. Gradually, I bring running back in.

    Congrats on your big prize for Pi Day!

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    1. Thanks, it was delicious. Yes, it's gone already but I didn't eat it all myself.

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  4. Sounds like recovery was fun :)
    I like to walk usually!

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    1. You're right - lots of fun! Walking makes my legs feel better after racing.

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  5. Bluebonnets! We call them lupine. So pretty♥ Sounds like you had a great week to me! I'd love to try that pie.. with or without oatmeal!

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    1. Soon Texas will have whole fields of bluebonnets blooming, a type of lupine called the lupinus texensis - googled it!

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  6. After the time change is when I normally start walking my dogs after supper. Sadly, I've been a little lazy this week. Bluebonnets are so pretty! A "blue" flower is unusual anyway.

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    1. I like to walk my dog after I run. Hpefully, you'll get the chance to walk your dog this week!

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  7. I love to go for a walk after a race to keep the legs loose. Cherry smoothies are a great idea!

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    1. I need to make a smoothie for lunch tomorrow. A cherry smoothie sounds good!

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  8. Naps are my favorite!

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    1. It's Sunday afternoon - a good time for a nap!

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  9. I agree, getting out and walking is a great way to recover after a race!!

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    1. It's a good time to stop and take pictures of flowers or wild animals and to talk with friends you normally only run by about your race. I've done them all lately!

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    2. It's a good time to stop and take pictures of flowers or wild animals and to talk with friends you normally only run by about your race. I've done them all lately!

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