Recovery week after a marathon is always a mixed bag for me. If I have run a good race (which I think I did last Saturday in Ogden), you are pumped up and want to hit the road to keep training to prepare for your next marathon or half marathon. If you are disappointed with your time or your overall performance, you want to keep training to redeem yourself. That being said, the extra time off after the long preparation you have put in to prepare for you race is also very nice. After the Ogden Marathon last Saturday, I took my usual rest day on Sunday and decided to treat myself to an extra rest day on Monday because I was so pleased with my time; that and, although my legs felt surprisingly good, I was still pretty drained from the heat and dehydration from Saturday.
On Tuesday, I decided to give myself a rematch against bikam yoga. As my post last week laid out in detail, about half way through my first bikram class, I was completely spent. I could hardly breathe and had to lay on my mat multiple times because I was getting dizzy and felt like I was going to pass out.
When I walked back into the yoga studio, I found the same yoga instructor from the week before sitting behind the sign in desk. I was greeted warmly by the instructor. “Welcome back Nick. I’m so glad you came back bro. How was your race?” This guy has a good memory I thought to myself. After his warm greeting, he stepped out from behind the desk and came put his hand on my shoulder and said “look bro, what I want you to work on today is taking it easy and making sure you’re are calm enough to breathe through your nose at all times.” I appreciated the advice and really liked the instructors enthusiastic nature. His demeanor reminded me of the yoga instructor in the movie Couples Retreat.
I hate to be boastful but I kicked that bikram yoga classes ass on Tuesday! It was night and day different than the week before. I did not get nauseous once, my breathing remained under control, and I never got dizzy and felt like I was going to pass out. It felt like coming back to a race course you had bonked hard on the prior week and hitting your goal pace with ease the following week. I felt so much better during my second class that I returned the following day. I felt good during that class as well. At the end of Wednesday’s course, the instructor (a different one than my “bro”) sang to us in sanskrit and gently sprayed us with essential oils during our final savasana. I’ve gotta hand it to yoga instructors. They are definitely a hospitable bunch.
I returned to running on Thursday by running a 10k at a nice rested pace. I rested again Friday and ran 10 easy miles on Saturday to wrap up my recovery week.
All in all, I don’t think I have ever recovered so quickly from a marathon. My legs unbelievably felt 100% by Tuesday and staying active with yoga helped me feel amazing on both Thursday’s and Saturday’s runs. I look forward to having a full week of training next week and to start preparing in earnest for the St. George Marathon in October.
Do you have a recovery week routine that works for you? I would love to hear about it in the comments.
- Monday = Recovery day
- Tuesday = 95 Minutes of Bikram Yoga
- Wednesday = 95 Minutes of Bikram Yoga
- Thursday = 6.25 miles (running)
- Friday = Rest
- Saturday = 10 miles (running)
- Sunday = Rest
- Running = 16.25 miles
- Bikram Yoga = 3 hours 10 minutes
- Total Miles = 16.25 miles
- Weigh In = 194 pounds (no fluctuation up or down). This means I have been at the same weight for 5 weeks. I can’t say that I am surprised that I have not lost any more weight. I decided to suspend the weekly weigh-in and to start eating more calories five weeks ago. I have not splurged or eaten any bad foods, I just upped the amount of food I was taking in to match the intensity of my workouts. Although I have not lost weight, I feel that my overall body composition has improved. While I am not surprised that my weight loss has stagnated, it does not mean that I am not…
Kudos to anyone who gets the Hercules meme above. Poor Kevin Sorbo’s career never recovered.
- Running = 99 miles
- Total Miles = 99 miles
- Weights = 1 hr 30 min
- Yoga = 3 hours 10 minutes