Congratulations: you've run your marathon! Now, unless you wish to spend the next few weeks plagued with soreness, sniffles and a soul-sapping sense of apathy, read on.What you do in the days following a marathon is just as important as what you did
to congratulate yourself on your remarkable accomplishment. Only a tiny fraction of the population is fit enough to successfully complete a marathon – and with the right recovery, you’ll be able to run many more in the future.
Congratulations on completing this year's Virgin London Marathon!Now that you've caught your breath, come and tell the world how your marathon went. Use our article submission page to tell us your story - you can even upload your photo too. You
you need is two to three weeks of recovery, two weeks of normal marathon training and two weeks to taper again. Here's the kind of timetable you should try to work to:Week 1 No running for three days. Walk if you feel like it. Then try jogging for 30
that, unless you're running 80 miles a week or churning out sub-2:45 marathons, recovery doesn't really matter. The evidence certainly suggests otherwise. Sidestepping good recovery practice can leave you more susceptible to aches, pains, colds
ASICS Target 26.2 coach Sam Murphy explains the hows and whys of the marathon, from tapering training to hitting (or avoiding) 'the wall' - and optimum recovery after the race.For your first (or umpteenth) marathon attempt, Sam's clear advice
Congratulate a loved one after months of dedicated marathon training - or just treat yourself after making it across the 26.2-mile finish line. We've compiled the best selection of gifts to help commemorate the day, boost recovery and pamper tired
. The party doesn't stop when you reach the finish line - visit runnersworld.co.uk for expert recovery tips plus readers' VLM stories and photos. We'd love to hear about your race - tell your 2012 Virgin London Marathon story at www.runnersworld.co.uk/vlmstories.
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