Congratulations! Crossing the finish line of a marathon after months of hard work and dedication is a huge achievement. It is also the moment that the recovery process begins, says Pamela Geisel, MS, CSCS, an exercise physiologist and manager of Performance Services at HSS. “Taking the appropriate steps post-marathon will facilitate recovery, reduce soreness and allow for a quicker return to running,” Geisel says.
She offers this step-by-step process for recovery immediately after your race is complete:
Geisel also shared a reminder for runners that your recovery continues in the days and weeks after your marathon. “The most important thing is to take your time returning to running to reduce your risk of injury,” she says. “While your mind may be ready to hit the pavement again, your muscles and immune system may not be.”
She recommends the following tips as the most crucial to help your body bounce back:
A special note for anyone running the TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 7th: Be sure to join us on Marathon Monday, November 8th, in the HSS Recovery Zone in Central Park from 8 am to 5:30 pm for some stretching, recovery, and to answer any of your questions. You can register for a 10-minute timeslot here.