Here is how I recover for one week post marathon: I eat like shit – loads of crappy food and tons of treats. I drink too much red wine and too much beer. I stay up late (drinking and eating). I (try to) sleep in. I might do a little bit of cross training or pilates, if I feel like it. But I do zero running. ZERO.
Why? I’m a firm believer in taking a break from the rigors of training. Physically and mentally. It’s necessary to keep the body and mind healthy and fresh and interested in training.
All of this stuff – eating, drinking, not having a training schedule – sounds really great in theory.
But here is the truth: I hate post-marathon recovery week. I miss running. I miss having a schedule. I miss training.
Here’s to hoping that this week goes by fast.