Physically, most people are capable of training normally after 4 weeks. It can cerainly take that long for your body to get back in balance.
After the first of my 3 marathons, I was capable of running normally (I think)... but just couldn't be bothered... perhaps for about 6-10 weeks.
I think if you push yourself to the absolute limit take some time out, but as most people cruise a marathon the recovery is no big deal, couple of days try a slow run it will loosen the legs up and recovery is done and dusted
Nicola- I did my first marathon on Monday, was wondering the same thing and found this link on another thread somewhere... http://www.halhigdon.com/training/51152/Post-Marathon-Zero-Week-Training-Program
Although it's 4 weeks since you ran yours theres still some interesting advice on there for future reference......might be a bit late though if you've already gone on to do a half!
Legs are still suffering today so I'm taking heed of all the advice in that link! Was considering doing parkrun tomorrow but not sure if I could manage it in all honesty!
Thanks! Well done to you too!
Same here about the hills, a definite learning point for me as although my regular training route has the odd gentle undulation (Nothing worse than those underpasses!) I didn't do any specific hill training. I've suffered badly with painful quads since Monday so I'm wondering if hill training will help avoid that in future. Thankfully I seem to be back to normal today but I gave to parkrun a miss this morning. Will resume with some gentle training from Tuesday as per the hal higdon plan .
Did you manage to push yourself for a decent time at MK or was it too much? I'm not planning on doing another half until Bournemouth in October which leaves masses of time for recovery and training, plus I really need to improve on my 5 & 10k times during the summer.
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