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Breaking Down the Rest Week: the Difference Between Getting Better or Getting Injured Down the Road

Breaking Down the Rest Week: the Difference Between Getting Better or Getting Injured Down the Road

Day 1 (day after the race): You’ll be in one of 2 states based on how the race went. If it went perfectly, you’ll be riding the euphoric wave; if it was a mess, you’ll be grumpy and disappointed. Either way, your body will still be feeling decent (some tender spots here and there, but not a lot of overall full-body soreness). Your appetite will still be in “eat everything” mode, and this is OK as you are still making up for lost calories. Some elite athletes like to run a couple of miles to “flush the system,” but I’m more a fan of lower impact walking. Day 2: Say hello to DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness). This is always the most painful day for me, and it’s the origin of most of the well-known post-marathon coping strategies (walking downstairs backwards, anyone?). Nothing to do but keep off your feet as much as possible, Day 3: This is when my brain tends to transiti...

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