Post Marathon Week

Wow. It’s been a CRAZY few weeks post marathon (boss in town, wedding obligations, another race, and a work trip) and I will be playing catch up through next week…but I wanted to document this either way. Post marathon week- I felt surprisingly good. It was so odd not to go for a run but I listened to Coach and I know it was what my body needed.


  • PLAN- rest day
  • ACTUAL- rest day

Another rest day for the our last day in Traverse City. Rich and I had a later flight out of Grand Rapids and made plans to go to the Sleeping Bear Dunes. It only added about 45 minutes to our trip but it was worth it (after many recommendations).IMG_7039 IMG_7057 IMG_7060 IMG_7054We headed back to Grand Rapids but ended up on a delayed/re-routed flight because of weather in Atlanta and didn’t get back to the house until around midnight.


  • PLAN- 30 min transition day/no running 
  • ACTUAL- 30 minutes elliptical 

I honestly felt almost back to normal by Tuesday. My quads were still a little sore, but it definitely didn’t feel like I ran a marathon. I forgot how much I disliked the elliptical.


  • PLAN- 30 minute transition day/no running 
  • ACTUAL- 30-45 walk with Allison

My sister wanted me to join her on a long walk after work, so we did about 3 miles but I lost track of time and how long we were gone.


  • PLAN- rest day
  • ACTUAL- rest day

I had my boss with me from Tuesday-Thursday and had wedding things to do after work almost every night so a rest day was a nice break.


  • PLAN- 30 minute transition day/no running
  • ACTUAL- 30 minute elliptical 

Another elliptical workout. That afternoon, Allison took our engagement photos. If my sister wasn’t a photographer, I would never had done engagement photos. But, I’m so glad we did because I’m quite obsessed with them. The running ones were taken along our first date route and in case you wanted to know, our outfits are from Oiselle and the bibs are from Race 2 Remember.runningSaturday:

  • PLAN- rest day
  • ACTUAL- rest day 

My first non-running Saturday in who knows how long and I still woke up before 6:45. Dang body clock. It worked out though, because Rich went out to go on a long ride and unfortunately his car broke down on the side of the road and I had to get him.

I ended up with a nap and couch time once we got home and then we spent our night babysitting the nieces. Goodness two little ones are a LOT of work. If you are a momma, mad props.IMG_1387 IMG_1392Sunday:

  • PLAN- 30 minute transition day/no running
  • ACTUAL- Stellar Bodies class

I finally made it to a Class Pass class again! I’ve wanted to try Stellar Bodies for a while, but didn’t want it to interfere with marathon training. I had heard it was like pilates, but more intense. Um, understatement. I was ready to die. It was harder than I thought and an amazing class, but probably not what a week later.IMG_1396

Total Miles for the Week: 0

That will probably be my only 0 week for the year. Kinda crazy. It was a good recovery week, but not sure it was actually restful. It was, however, the best I’ve EVER felt post marathon after my fastest time ever. I really was in perfect marathon shape. More on all of that, soon.

Do you run the week after a goal marathon? What is your recovery usually like? If you are married, did you do engagement photos?

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  • I run very minimally after a goal marathon. I too loathe the elliptical. Very cute engagement pic! Those days of little kiddos are very tough. How fun to babysit though!

  • I honestly think my only 0 mile week was after my 100 a year and a half ago. And I think it wasn’t even a full 7 days. I think it was only 6. Your engagement pics are super cute.

  • I’ve only ran one marathon, and I wasn’t able to walk for a week after it without feeling pain. After doing half marathons now, I usually just take a week of doing nothing. Possibly a bit of swimming, but it’s good to let the body repair itself. Plus, I always feel like I need a week of being lazy after all the training…

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