Still sluggish 7 weeks later!
I did my first ever Marathon at London on the 26th April 2009 and I trained to a plan, had a really good race, got inside my target time, and allowed myself time to recovery and picked things up gradually over the next four or five weeks. So far, so good. The thing is I am now starting to worry because it has been seven weeks since the race I can't seem to get back my speed, strength or (most curiously) endurance. I am just finding it such hard going at the moment - typified by a dismal run today which I had to cut short because there was just nothing in my legs.
Any advice please?
There was a thread a few weeks ago somewhere with some links for multiple marathons, bounce back programs, recovery programs and the like. I know what you all mean, but I followed one of these after the Prague and feel OK to do the Oslo forest mara on Saturday. If it doesn't go well I'll say so
All I can say is, if you have been resting completely from running, you can detrain quite quickly - maybe 10% per week or more, IIRC. So little training for 7 weeks could easily be contributing to this, not just slow recovery. Last year I had a four week walking holiday shortly after these 2 marathons and was disgusted with my running performance when I got back in August, even though I'd walked 300 k - it just wasn't the same, Having said that, it came back mostly after roughly 4 weeks of a running program. Then I followed a mara program again from scratch.
Don't be to hard on yourself -
your only human, and all this is perfectly normal - i think you have to just simply persevere with physical distance and physcological stamina
your profile says you had a 6 year lay off- ??, so give yourself a chance
good luck, we all support you
for what it's worth, my training and racing went to sporadic and nothing for years from arond 100 miles a week years ago
i was to return to running only pushing my boy Phillip in his wheelchair - some weeks we can put it together , some weeks not
all the best
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