Congratulations, you’ve accomplished your goal and completed the race with your RUN FOR AUTISM teammates!  Now it’s time to recuperate properly to make sure you bounce back strong for the next race.  Races are tough on the body, there‚Äôs no way around that.  Muscles, bones, hormones, tendons, cells, and almost every physiological system is pushed to the max during a race.  Find a recovery plan and treat it like it’s an extended part of your training.  You’ll recover faster and return to training as quickly as possible.

Check out Hal Higdon’s great post race recovery plan.

A few days after the excitement of completing a race, many runners experience the post race blues.  It’s a completely normal feeling!  After all, you went from training for four months with a big plan and goal, to now nothing.  Expecting this feeling to happen is a the first step to getting through it.  Below are a few ideas to help you get through the blues.

  1. Make different plans: Filling your post race blues space immediately with more running events can lead to over training and injury.  Try planning a vacation or other activities to give yourself something to plan and look forward to a few weeks after your race.
  2. Enjoy your downtime: Remember all those hours you spent on your long runs during the weekend when your friends were out having fun?  Now you can join them!  Give yourself a break and enjoy all the activities you weren’t able to participate in while you were training.
  3. Set new goals: Look back on your training and race day performance to see what you’d like to focus on and improve.  If you struggled with the pre-race jitters, maybe try a couple of low key, fun races to get your body used to racing.  If training for a long distance was difficult, try re-evaluating your training plan or running a shorter distance race.  No matter what your new goals are, make sure to enjoy every race, every run and every mile!