How to Recover From a Marathon
8. Do it again! And as preventive for next time? Run more marathons. Part of the reason my body recovers so quickly after a marathon is that it’s very used to the distance. Running a marathon for me has become the equivalent of running three miles for other people — it made me sore the first time, but as I did it more and more, my body adapted to that distance and now takes it in stride. When you figure out your training plan, add as many long runs (20 miles or more) as possible. Getting your muscles used to working for that long period of time will build up the endurance they need to last you through the race — and will make the day after the marathon seem like just another day after your long run.
What other tips and tricks do you have for how to recover after a marathon? Let’s hear ’em! —Laura Skladzinski
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