Yep. It’s official. I’m running another marathon in 16 days.
Some things to consider - rest, recovery, and taper properly for another race.
Rest - they say that after running a marathon, you should take as many rest days as necessary until you no longer feel any muscle soreness before running at all. I am almost there - Soreness was at a peak on Wednesday morning (48 hours post race), and am starting to feel much looser today. Things that can help with recovery time include ice bathing or massage (within 48 hours) and then heat and stretching until muscles have recovered.
Recovery - this is all about getting enough sleep, the proper nutrients and the right amount of physical activity to get your energy back to normal. Since Monday, I have been sleeping 9+ hours each night, so clearly my body is still tired from the race. There is no remedy for sleep and proper nutrition - so this is the time to eat plenty of lean protein to help repair muscle tissues and get enough sleep to give the body time to heal. I plan on sticking to cross training (lots of yoga and cycling) instead of running to give my joints the time to heal properly.
Taper - since Boston was practically a training run (I ran a 4:04 instead of a predicted 3:30), I plan on using it as a training run. After taking one week off to let my body rest and recover from the race, I will pick up where I left off. If using a marathon as a training run, runners should not build on this distance - only to taper from there. So, with three weeks to go, that means a half marathon distance (21k) two weeks out and a 10 miler the weekend before the race.
This will be quite the experience!