I am almost one week post-marathon (Boston qualifying run in case you missed it), and I really messed up. I didn’t recover properly. I think my first mistake was not eating enough or very well after the race. I drank a bunch of OJ, ate a bagel, had half a sandwich, and some grapes. That was it until about 4 hours later when I had a burger, fries, and chocolate shake. I also didn’t take care of my body right either. Instead of going home and icing my muscles I took a shower and crawled into bed…for 3 hours!
My poor recovery haunted me all week. By Tuesday I was having terrible PMS (post marathon syndrome). I was crabby and crying and just felt awful! By Wednesday I was dragging; I had no energy. Thursday I finally tried to run; it didn’t go so well. My quads were still killing me and I could barely turn my legs over. I walked a bunch of my run. I came home,showered, and decided to take the day off and stay home in bed. I slept for 4 more hours and just kept eating whatever sounded good.
Finally, Friday morning I felt like me again (although the quads are still a little unhappy). I am convinced had I properly recovered immediately after the race and the next 24 hours I don’t think I would have felt so bad for so long. I spent so much time getting ready for the race I didn’t even think about what to do after the race. I wont make the same mistake twice!