29 Oct '12, 4pm

Did you finish a goal race this weekend? Here's what you should do now #runningtips

Meghan Chisholm's first marathon so completely zapped her motivation that she quit running for a month. She kept active with yoga and spinning classes, but when she wanted to restart serious training, even a three-mile jog felt hard. "It was sad," says Chisholm, 23, of New York City. "I had to start over to get back the mileage." It's easy to land back at square one just weeks after a big race. You may feel, like Chisholm, so spent by the rigors of training that you don't want to run another step. Conversely, you may feel so pumped up after finishing your first half or full marathon that you immediately jump back into training or racing, then get injured and unable to run. Either way, you can end up out of shape. But with the right postrace plan, you can get the break you need and preserve your conditioning for the next season's success. "Planning beyond the finish line," ...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-238-263--12...

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