It’s been exactly 2 weeks since the Holland Haven Marathon and I think I’m recovering pretty well. It always takes me a few weeks to feel normal again after running a marathon because of the distance. I put so much physical and mental strength into finishing the race that my body and mind need to just relax for a little while. I usually keep my mileage low for the first few weeks and then gradually start building back up. This time, however, I decided to sign up for another marathon just 6 weeks after the last one! I know it’s a little crazy, but I also have a crazy goal of running a marathon in all 50 states, so I need to start getting some more states. I will be running the Baltimore Marathon on October 20th. I’m not sure if I’m going to race super hard or just have fun yet. It just depends how I’m feeling as the race gets closer.
Since the next race is so close, here are some things I’ve been doing to make sure I recover well.
1. Sleeping (or trying to). I know how important sleep is to the recovery process, so I’ve been trying to get a little more sleep. It’s been hard because of my kids, but I try to at least go to bed a little earlier if I can.
2. Stretching/ Foam Rolling. I’ve been making sure to stretch and foam roll when I have the time. It has helped to reduce soreness and I think It’s helping me build my mileage back up more quickly.
3. Hydrating. I’m not always good about staying hydrated at work. I get busy and forget to drink, but these past two weeks I’ve been really trying to drink as much water as I can. It is still really hot here too, so I get dehydrated really easily when I run at night.
4. Eating good, wholesome foods. I’ve been trying to eat enough and eat a lot of foods that help with recovery. I’ve been working with a dietician and she has helped me a lot. I’ve added a lot more fruits and vegetables to my diet and I’m making sure to eat healthy snacks between meals!
5. Taking Collagen Supplements. I’ve been taking liquid collagen that also has Branched chain amino acids in it twice a day everyday and I think it has helped with my recovery. It helps my joints feel a lot better and I think it helped reduce soreness after the race. Here’s a link to the one I’ve been using: https://www.modere.com/ProductDetail/liquid-biocell-sport-420ml/?referralCode=4485042. There’s a $10 off coupon code through the link if anyone is interested in trying it.
6. Trying to gradually build my mileage back up. I ran 22 miles the first week and 30.5 miles the second week. I did a 10 mile run as my long (ish) run on Sunday at the end of both weeks. I’ll need to do a longer run next week, but I’m hoping that the last marathon will help me be more prepared for the next marathon. I don’t plan on doing another 20 miler because I want my legs to feel fresh and rested.
I’m hoping all of this will really help me recover and be ready for the next marathon. I really don’t have a lot of expectations, but I want to feel good during the race. I want to be able to finish strong and have fun!