Marathon Recovery

Long time, no blog post! After running the San Francisco Marathon on July 27th…


Free marathon photos=awesome

…I took some downtime just to rest and recover. I actually had a quick turn-around after the race and was back to running 4 days later. I’ve kept my mileage low, running less than 15 miles a week, to allow my body to fully recoup. I have to say, I didn’t expect such a quick recovery! After my first marathon last year, it took me about a month before I felt completely normal again. But I bounced back quickly this time.Β I ran 8 miles last Saturday…


…and I’m ready to take on training for my next race-the Nike Women’s Half Marathon on October 19th. I’m going to aim for a PR. This will be another hilly course, and if it is like last year it will be even more so than the first half of the SF Marathon. But I put so much hill training in to prep for the marathon, that a PR is a definite possibility!

I’m also already itching to plan for my NEXT full marathon. I didn’t run a particularly fast race in San Francisco, so I’m questioning (besides my sanity) what I could do if I put just aΒ lil’Β more effort in. I would want a course that is a little more flat, but something scenic and fun. Time to do some research!



14 thoughts on “Marathon Recovery

    • I agree!! I DO want to run the Rome marathon, but you have to run on a lot of cobble stone so it wouldn’t be the fastest race. I might do a faster course first..then Rome πŸ™‚

    • Yeah I was happy and shocked I could run again right away! Oh you have to run Nike at least’s like a huge party for women! Very pricey, but Nike puts on a great race! Thank you!!

  1. Hi Jamie! Good job! I have been doing really well, and having some great 5 mile runs only so far, but at about a minute a mile faster pace! All my hard work is beginning to pay off. And, I am hoping for the Nike Half I can finish it and actually see what I can do without injury, but I am still having such knee problems when I reach about 5 miles. All of a sudden, bam, pain and I have to stop. Doctor said its just “runners knee” and to ice, rest, etc. I am praying I don’t have a repeat of what happened at SF first half. I am really, really looking forward to the Nike Half!!! πŸ™‚ P.s. I saw a picture you took posted of the SF and Berkeley medals…. nice work.

    • Thank you!! I had runner’s knee in the first year I started running…do you do any strength training?? It really makes a difference! Glad you are back out there running again though! And faster! All the hard work does eventually pay off πŸ™‚ I’m very excited for Nike too! I don’t know the official time allowed, but it says on their website you have to maintain a 15 min/mile pace so I think they give you more time than SF so it’s less pressure…You will love it, so fun!

      • Thank you for your response. I just now only saw it. I hate the new mobile app.. it doesn’t tell me when I have a reply, or comment or new follower. I don’t know why they changed it. Ughhhh….

        I have started stretching more. Massage and rolling seems to be the best thing I have found to help me. Knee braces seem to restrict me too much. I really like wearing the patella band, it feels really good on my knee, but its not super supportive for advanced pain (like I have had) but, works great for discomfort. I am praying for my knee to feel better. I am running so much better when its not hurting, that I am anxious to see what kind of half marathon I could actually run if I wasn’t in pain! My time has improved a lot over the course of time. Fingers crossed.

        At the end of the day, if I have to walk in this Nike half I will just not to hurt myself, but anything will be better time than what I did at the SF half. So, yes, much less pressure on this for me. Then no more half’s until I heal.. and then its the SF 2nd half for me next year! WOO HOO.. hahaha.. πŸ™‚

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