Post marathon transition is tricky. People become lost after being focused for so long on a single target (in my case – 20 weeks). Day in and day out, what I thought about, planned for, and executed to are all about the Erie marathon which is now over.
Do you jump into another marathon training right away for the sake of keeping the workout routine? Or shelve the racing gears and file the race result in the history book? Or drift into a funk – aimless and not knowing what to do?
For me, I am somewhere in that mix. My fate of whether to register for the 2019 Boston marathon is in suspended animation. So I take up things that have been on hold till after the marathon. Things like non-urgent appointments, trip planning, yard work, etc.
However there is one thing that I must curb right away – my diet. Given my reduced workout volume, my food intake needs to match my energy output. Certainly no more carb loading as I don’t want to gain fat that is particularly hard to lose in off season.
How long does it take for you to recover from a marathon?