I thought sharing ideas on the most difficult part of the marathon could be good for everybody.
Here's mine: at mile 20 I go for 23 breaking it down mile by mile. My rationale is that if I get to 23 the finish line is too close to give up and then I try to keep up the pace for one more mile, one more and one more.
I think everybody has the right to reward themselves after running 26.2 miles!
And on the serious side, it seems like a week off entirely is what many experts recommend. The argument goes: ok, you're a runner and chances are you're a compulsive one like most people who practise this sport. So, take at least a couple of days off and then start cross training or going for short easy runs if you really have to. But for the first week, you're actually better off just resting and maybe walking a little bit.
After my VLM my mom came over from Italy for a few days. She's an amazing cook and she has bloody well put me right No running for the first few days also helped though. Always gone back too soon before.