Post London Marathon Training Review – Recovery/Taper

Post VLM it’s been a mixture of recovery from the marathon and taper ready for the MK Marathon this bank holiday Monday.

The Monday straight after the marathon  involved a fair bit of travelling as we went home via my sister’s house which was the opposite side of London from the hotel we stayed in. This didn’t really help with the active recovery but my legs didn’t feel too bad when we returned home.

Apart from some careful stair descending the following day I felt fine and even went for an easy run that evening, that turned into marathon pace by the end! A nice swim on Wednesday helped even more and dare I say it by Thursday I felt as right as rain again, so much so I ran again on Thursday and even squeezed in a useful six on the Saturday.

I was ready for my 5km swimathon on Sunday evening but unfortunately it was cancelled at the last minute. The suggestion was made by the Leisure Centre to reschedule it to the following Sunday night, the night before the MK Marathon – polite as my reaction was, I think they got the message that I wasn’t particularly enamoured by that…funnily enough the nice lady mentioned several other swimmers had reacted in the same way! If I was training for an ironman, fair enough 5km swim followed by a marathon around 12 hours later might make sense – but I’m not! It’s now on May 12th 🙂

The second week of my recovery/taper really was a taper, one 4 mile run, a 4.4 mile club handicap and a massage. The club handicap was good fun. I forgot my Garmin and then my Timex stopwatch also died so I ran ‘naked’. It was quite liberating and despite trying to run well within myself – I am tapering after all – I was only a minute off my best ever time so there was still some running in the legs after all. Things were looking up for Bank Holiday Monday and the MK Marathon….

Monday – rest

Tuesday –  2.5 miles easy

Wednesday  – swim with GreenlightPT

Thursday – 4 miles easy

Friday – rest

Saturday – 6.4 miles easy

Sunday – rest (swimathon cancelled)

Miles for the week – 12.9 miles

Monday – 4 miles easy

Tuesday –  rest

Wednesday  – rest

Thursday – 4.4 miles club handicap race (steady/easy)

Friday – physio/massage

Saturday – rest

Sunday – rest

Miles for the week – 8.4 miles

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  1. Enjoy the tapering and carb loading!

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