First week after race. No running. Hide the shoes, sleep in and enjoy some much-needed rest. It’s important for your long-term progression as a runner that you recover properly after a long build-up and grueling 26.2-mile race. In the first week limit your activity to non-impact cardio like biking and swimming to help speed up the recovery process.
For our complete marathon recovery breakdown, including: when to start running again, when to add in workouts and when to start racing again see our Long- Term Marathon Recovery video with Run SMART coach Mike Smith.