Thursday, January 21, 2010

Post Marathon Recovery

I’m currently 4 days post-marathon and I’m feeling really really well. I mean, I’m not well enough to chase down a cougar – even if she IS wearing high heels, but I’m still feeling pretty chipper. That means that goal #1 was achieved: DON’T GET HURT.

During my 6 mile run today with 2 miles at tempo of 7:15 pace and 2 miles at MP+15 at 8:00, I was thinking about what enabled me to recover this quickly. I’ve certainly ran marathons where afterwards I was down for a solid two weeks. The Chicago Marathon comes to mind. It is my PW marathon where I was in full death shuffle mode for the majority of the last 8 miles. I can’t remember anything specific that I did post race to try to recover which probably lead to an extended period of burning pain in my legs…not the burning when I pee that I have grown accustomed to.

This time, however was much different. Here are the things that I feel helped me along this time:
  • Immediately post race I drank 40 oz of liquids (20 cytomax and 20 water). Sounds like a lot – and it is. Think of it as your own personal Edward 40 hands challenge. DO IT. (Picture above)
  • Shortly after I gained some level of consciousness, I tried to eat something. It was hard, but I managed to down half of a Powerbar.
  • Then the stretching. I laid out my tin foil blanket deal and went to town. Probably a solid 20 min of stretching.
  • During the afternoon of the race, I took a nap. I don’t take naps normally, but I was wiped and it really helped.
  • But, probably one of the most important things was a post race massage. I didn’t do it the day of the race, I did it the day AFTER the race. I’ve read that if you do a massage too soon, you’ll actually damage already inflamed muscles. That meant that Monday was a nightmare, but come Monday night, I had some one on one time with Bruce, my masseuse. (Seriously, that was his name… hehe) So, I had Bruce rub / roll me down as deep as I could handle it**. It was super painful at the time, but the next day I was right as rain. Good job Bruce.

I’m going to try to continue this pattern to see if I can continue to recover quickly from long races. If it doesn’t work next time, I can always break out my secret weapon: powdered turtle testicles recovery drink. Specifically sea turtles – only the good stuff. Until then, duck tape a few bottles of Gatoraid to your hands and take 'er easy.


**Can a guy get a “that’s what she said”?

12 comments:

Mike Russell said...

Always irreverent. Glad to hear your recovery went so well. Drinking that much would be tough, but after the right race, I think I could pound about that much too! Great post man.

The Sean said...

Great that you feel great and that you are ready to begin with a new cycle! What is next?

RunningLaur said...

Come to think of it, having a sport top to the bottles during Edward 40 Hands would make the game go much more quickly...

Ace said...

Uhhh excuse me. You can't get a, "that's what she said" WHILE you are getting a hot oil rubdown by a guy named Bruce. They don't really go together.... :)

Pat said...

I got in a hot tub after Twin Cities and never felt better. I know ice is supposed to be what you want, but there were three of us runners who that it was heaven.

Christy said...

Bruce the Massuese. Sounds like something from a Dr. Suess book. Awesome.

Nice recovery.

Jamoosh said...

Don't you mean BABY sea turtles?

GeorgiaSnail said...

Those two pictures back to back spell T R O U B L E....let's see, down to 40's a quickly as possible and then let "Bruce" into my hotel room for a little rubby rubby....

jeffg said...

Bitch!!

Rio said...

Glad to hear your recovery has been really good! I've yet to try a post race massage. Or have my muscles seduced by a masseuse named Bruce.

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