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Marathon Recovery

by Meghann on June 2, 2009

Day 2 post marathon and I am still feeling like I am on cloud nine!

I had no trouble waking up with my alarm clock this morning and taking Abbie out for her morning walk was just the right amount of movement my legs needed to loosen up the stiffness. Yes, they are a little sore today, but nothing I canโ€™t handle. I could really feel the tightness in my IT band for the first time this morning. A foam roller would REALLY come in handy right about now.

As of right now, sitting down I would never know I had just run a marathon by how my legs feel. They feel normal! Walking around, I feel the tightness, but after a couple of steps and shaking them out they feel the same as if I had just done some intense speed work the day before. I am going to go for a nice walk after work. I think that will really help them along. Nothing fancy, just around the apt complex or something.

So far, stairs are really my only true enemy. Good thing some powerful human being invented elevators! ๐Ÿ™‚ Going up and down to my second story apartment is a bit of a challenge, but I will manage.

Right now my recovery approach is simple and light. Stretch, stretch, stretch! I stretched before bed last night, I did some runnerโ€™s yoga poses this morning and even in the hall way at work I have found myself pushing my toe up against the wall to stretch out my calves. I also found recovery is a great opportunity to catch up on some sit ups. I did a short 10 minute ab routine next to my bed after I stretched this morning. ๐Ÿ™‚

With the way I feel and the research I have been doing online with recovering from a marathon, it looks like I will be ready for a short easy 2 mile or less run on Thursday and even a long bike ride this weekend! I could seriously kiss my legs right now for not being too pissed at me for making them run so far on Sunday!

I promise I am knocking on wood as I write this. No need to jinx a good thing!

My fridge was EMPTY when I returned last night, but I was much to exhausted to hit the grocery store last night. So I had to make do with my meals for today. After so much eating out and so much $$ spent on eating out I was willing to be thankful for anything my fridge or cabinets could provide. This just caused me to be a little creative with my cereal this morning. ๐Ÿ™‚


In the bowl I had:

  • ยฝ cup Kashi H2H
  • ยฝ Cup Graduate Meghannโ€™s Mix
  • ยผ cup Trader Joeโ€™s Praline Pecan Granola
  • Microwaved Frozen Strawberries
  • Oikos Plain Yogurt
  • Halved Grapes


I was happy to see my grapes had survived the weekend, but they were the only fresh fruit I had. Luckily, the fresh strawberries I had frozen a while back came in handy and once defrosted made a yummy addition mixed with the yogurt. It was a great bowl of cereal to start my week back off right.

Coming into work today was a fun event. I am proudly sporting a Rock n Roll marathon tee and may or may not have my medal displayed on my desk. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I swear I could tell the tale of my marathon experience over and over again! I also enjoyed being able to show everyone the video. Carrying the camera for 26.2 miles was totally worth it in the end!

I am also happy to report my hunger is slowly returning to normal. Many of you have e-mailed/ commented if I was ravenous after finishing my marathon and honestly I wasnโ€™t. It was soo strange! I was expecting to want to eat everything in sight, but never had the urge. I ate when I was suppose to, but I was never starving and I was never really craving anything. In fact if I was eating โ€˜intuitivelyโ€™ like I usually do, I doubt I would have ate much at all. Has anyone else experienced the post race non-hunger affect?

I am actually pinning the non-hunger I felt on the great pre-race fueling I had before hand. I literally stuffed my face the two days before the race and I think that did the trick of giving my body just what it needed to push me through, without leaving it empty or deprived. Thoughts?

I was actually quite relieved when my stomach started grumbling for its midmorning snack at 10:30am. There you are hunger! Itโ€™s my normal hunger, nothing crazy, but I am glad my body is starting to feel back to normal in that aspect.

When the time came I had one of Ashleyโ€™s Homemade Granola Bars and an Adora Milk Chocolate Disc.


When lunch came around I was happy to be hungry again. I know its weird for me to type this, but I was seriously freaking out after the race over this! LOL

Again, the empty fridge forced me to be creative. I dug into the freezer and discovered a protein packed meal that would leave me satisfied.


The Lentil Chili had been in the freezer a few months, but was still great to heat up and eat. I topped it with some Raw Goat Milk Cheese and had a Whole Wheat Slider Bun on the side.


I now have meetings the rest of the afternoon until 5:00 and then Iโ€™m off to the mall to shop for a new phone and then to Publix to restock my fridge!

I made the mistake of running with my phone in my sports bra during the marathon and by mile 5 it had drowned. After letting it air out for a couple of days, it still is not working and I am desperate to have communication again with the outside world. For those of you who have texted me or called me post race I promise I am not being rude, I just donโ€™t have a phone!! Hopefully I will have anew one soon, I feel so naked without one!

And once again THANK YOU for all of the supportive e-mails and comments about the marathon. The overwhelming support you guys provide is absolutely amazing and I feel so honored to have been able to share this entire experience with you! I promise to have more marathon updates through out the week, so stay tuned for e
xciting news!! ๐Ÿ™‚

1 fitforfree June 2, 2009 at 12:24 pm

Awesome that you were able to eat intuitively and fuel your body properly! And also awesome that you’re not too sore! Sometimes when I have a tough workout or long hike I don’t get super-hungry until a day or two after . . . it’s weird.

2 The Novice Berker June 2, 2009 at 12:26 pm

EEK. I laughed so hard when I read that your cell phone had drowned in your sports bra. Ahahaha. Not that I’m happy that your phone doesn’t work; I hope you get a new one, or that one starts working again!!

3 sara June 2, 2009 at 12:29 pm

I found the same thing after my half! I wasn’t really very hungry at all! I do credit the bread-filled dinner the night before as well! Congrats Meghann, rock your medal and everything else, you are INCREDIBLE! As I sit and wait to hear if I made the lottery for the 2009 NYC marathon I keep re-reading your race story to convince myself if I can get it, I CAN DO IT!

4 BethT June 2, 2009 at 12:29 pm

Aw man, I’m jealous. If I don’t foam roll AND take ice baths after long runs, I am a dead woman. I take it you’ve never done an ice bath? Maybe your legs are too young!

5 Meghann June 2, 2009 at 8:10 pm

I have never taken an ice bath before! But I did just take a nice hot Epson Salt bath that was great!

6 meganerdruns June 2, 2009 at 12:29 pm

That stinks your phone drowned ๐Ÿ™ I always bring mine with me but that hasn’t happened yet. I’ll keep my fingers crossed!

Going DOWN the stairs always felt worse to me than going up. What’s worse for you.. Up or down the stairs? lol

7 Meghann June 2, 2009 at 8:11 pm

Down stairs is definitely the worst!

8 Bec June 2, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Hope the stairs become easier soon , just keep stretching!

9 BethAnn June 2, 2009 at 12:36 pm

Thanks for answering my question!! But yeah…I usually don’t feel SUPER full after a long run…but the next day I want to eat everything in sight. It’s kind of a weird thing and I think a lot of it is mental…like I expect it or something. The longest “race” I’ve ever run has been a 10k…I felt the runner’s high for like…2 weeks after the race. I kept replaying it over and over in my head wishing I could go back! I’m in the midst of training for a 1/2 marathon now…I’m at 9 miles at about a 9 min. pace! I love your race recaps…I read yours and Caitlin’s before heading out for my 10k race that morning. I forgot to get a banana before so I took your advice and topped some whole wheat with an apple instead and I felt GREAT the entire time. Thanks for always putting forth your best effort with the blog! ๐Ÿ™‚

10 Run Saraaah June 2, 2009 at 12:36 pm

Glad your legs are feeling great – all the training and long runs before hand helped, I am sure. ๐Ÿ™‚

11 brandi June 2, 2009 at 12:38 pm

I’m glad you are feeling good and pretty normal! That’s great after a long run like that. I love having food in the freezer for times like those ๐Ÿ™‚

12 macduff June 2, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Yay! Congratulations on the marathon! It looks like you’re getting some good proteins in there to help make you feel better faster…the muscles will come back.

As weird as it sounds, after running marathons, I always wear high heels. It somehow stretches out my calf muscles, and actually makes them feel better. You might try it. And I mean high heels – like 3 inches. See if it helps!

13 Caroline June 2, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Before you buy a new phone. Try sinking your phone in a bowl of raw rice overnight. Someone at Verizon told us to do this when my daughters phone fell into water.
It worked!!! The rice draws out the moisture! Good luck

14 Tyler (Raspberry Runner) June 2, 2009 at 12:43 pm

i think there is something about running long distances that can actually decrease your hunger. After I PRed in the half marathon on Thanksgiving (1 hr and 45 min), I could hardly touch food at Thanksgiving dinner! It was Thanksgiving, so I ate anyway, but I didn’t actually feel hungry. Any running distance over 10 miles tends to suppress my appetite. I have no idea why this happens, but your not the only one! Triathlons, however, never fail to make me ravenous!!

15 Kristine June 2, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Meghann, I just realized I never commented on your marathon posts to CONGRATULATE you. HOW DARE I? Haha. Anywho, Congrats and I am SOO proud of you! You finished almost exactly 1 minute faster than my brother! Too funny! You really inspire me and today as I was running, I was thinking of you and how I want to run a marathon! By the sounds of it, it seems like you would recommend it to anyone! I am so happy you are recovering well and wear your shirt and hang that medal with pride! You deserve it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, random question, I have heard many debates (from other blogs) about raw cheese and whether or not it has health risks? Have you heard anything about this? Do you have any thoughts? Feel free to email me a response. ๐Ÿ™‚

16 Meghann June 2, 2009 at 8:12 pm

I’ve never heard anything about health risks with raw cheese. I just bought it because I thought it would be fun to try, but it’s a little $$ to buy again ๐Ÿ™‚

17 Jenny June 2, 2009 at 12:50 pm


When I ran NYC marathon in November, I experienced the same thing. I ate a bagel before my run and couldn’t bring myself to eat until dinner, and even then had to force feed myself dinner. I think it’s all the water and gatorade a consummed while running. And I think lack of appetite is normal.

However, my appetite came back with a vengence over the next two days – so I got to enjoy lots of NYC pizza and Magnolia bakery cupcakes – yummm! Give it time and I’m sure your appetite will be back soon and you will refuel.

18 Sarah W. June 2, 2009 at 12:52 pm

if you are considering the iphone – wait until July when the new one comes out!!!

GOODLUCK ON THE MARATHON – huge accomplishment!

19 Ris June 2, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Wow you are such an inspiration!
the eats look great …. i love the yog, fruit, cereal combo when its hot (and the good thing about froze berries is they turn the yogurt pretty colors lol!)

20 Melissa June 2, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Enjoy the post race glow. I had to walk down stairs backwards for a few days, but getting a massage made every drop of pain go away like absolute magic. I never feel hungry the day of a long run or race, but the day after I am ravenous.

21 Lindsey (Mrs. LC) June 2, 2009 at 1:01 pm

Wow, for dealing with leftovers/ freezer finds, your meals don’t look half bad! ๐Ÿ™‚ I still think you’re amazing, and by how well you’re recovering I think it shows how awesome you did at preparing for your first marathon. You’re amazing!

22 HelpMeghanRun June 2, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Way to go! And I second the suggestion for a massage ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad your hunger is coming back.

23 Amanda's Eats June 2, 2009 at 1:27 pm

That is so awesome that your body is so accepting! Just goes to show your great job of training for the race ๐Ÿ˜›

24 Emily June 2, 2009 at 1:38 pm

I’ve never run a race before (I’m sooo not a runner) but last year I taught a lot of Spinning classes, often teaching a 6 am and 6pm (before and after my full-time day job!) or back-to-back classes on Saturdays. I found that on the days that I taught 2 classes sometimes I was less hungry afterward…even if I was hungry before I started. It’s kind of a strange phenomenon. I had to always remind myself to eat because I knew I needed the fuel.

25 Quinn June 2, 2009 at 1:41 pm

Great job being creative with the food!

26 Amy June 2, 2009 at 1:52 pm

Hi Meghann – congrats on the marathon! I usually don’t comment, but I had to tell you a tip I learned about wet cell phones. Take the battery out, and put it and the phone in a closed ziploc baggie filled with rice. Leave it for a couple days and the rice will absorb the moisture. My boss dropped his phone in the lake and it actually worked again after he did this! Hope it works for you!

27 Christina June 2, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Ugh I’ve had to deal with the sweaty phone effect multiple times already. I had to get a whole new ipod once after thinking it would be safe tucked into my pants during a run! I hope it starts working for you!

28 Maddy June 2, 2009 at 2:03 pm

maybe you can get an I-Phone like all the other cool kids =)

29 Claire June 2, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Glad your legs are doing so well. I’ve heard if you put your phone in rice that it will wick out the moisture…of course after a few days I don’t know if that would still work.

30 Rose June 2, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Sounds like you are having a great recovery day!

Oh no in regards to your phone!

31 amie June 2, 2009 at 2:24 pm

congrats on the marathon! i’m so impressed ๐Ÿ™‚ i ran my first half marathon on sunday and had an amazing experience, i can’t wait to get out there again. i also didnt feel very hungry after my race. for the rest of the day i had to force myself to eat because i knew it was what i needed even if my body didnt think so! now i’m dealing with the day-after-christmas feeling. i trained for 3 months (plus all the months doing the couch to 5km program and getting comfortable with running 5km consistently) and now i’m kind of like….now what? i need to sign up for another race asap!! i’m totally hooked now, i really get why runners do the crazy things they do and i LOVE it! oh, i have an embarrassing question about your marathon and any input would be so appreciated: did you have to go to the bathroom during your run? and if so how often? and if not, HOW!!?? i had to stop twice which probably added like 5 minutes to my time because i had to wait in a line. my stomach always acts up when i run and i’ve tried so many things. i’ve cut out red meat and limit dairy and for the few days before the race stuck to the bland BRAT (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast) diet to keep my tummy quiet but i still had to go! its frustrating and i’d like to know if you’ve had a smilier experience and how you deal with it. thanks!!

32 Meghann June 2, 2009 at 8:14 pm

I am usually not one that has to use the bathroom during a race. I am usually so focused on the race I am determined not to stop for anything. During my last 1/2 marathon I ran through a bleeding blister for 10 miles because I refused to loose 30 seconds and fix my sock. ๐Ÿ™‚

33 amie June 2, 2009 at 2:25 pm

oh, and as for my recovery, my legs HURT!!!! so much better today but after the race i had to sit in a car for 4 hours and i could barely walk the rest of the night. and stairs were horrible!! i kind of loved the pain though, every time i moved it was a nice reminder of what i had accomplished ๐Ÿ™‚

34 Laura June 2, 2009 at 2:29 pm

Hey! Congrats on the marathon. I have been reading your blog for awhile (don’t have my own) and I’m glad that your race went well. What an accomplishment!
Quick tip – when my water bottle opened up in my handbag a few weeks ago and doused my cell phone I thought it would be lost forever. I took it to Verizon and the guy behind the counter said that sometimes if you take the battery out and let it sit on top of dry plain rice the rice will pull the moisture out of the battery and it may work again. I let it sit there for overnight and the next day my phone worked again! I told this to my friend who dropped her iPhone in a toilet (who the hell knows??) and it worked for her, too! Just a thought I’d let you know in case you want to try!

35 juliegolean June 2, 2009 at 2:50 pm

That’s SO awesome ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats again on the marathon!! Sounds like you had such a wonderful time and totally worth all the hours of training you put in ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re a champ girl!

36 Melissa @ For the Love of Health June 2, 2009 at 3:16 pm

Hey! That’s so wonderful you aren’t experiencing any serious pain! Good call on all the stretching! Stretching is key!
Isn’t it so nice to be surronded by supportive people? It’s so great to have colleagues who take interest!

I am never hungry after a long run! I have never ran a full but have run quite a few halfs and I it takes a couple of hours for my appetite to return. But I generally eat something carby or a piece fruit right after the run (whatever they are handing out) so I can re-fuel.

Great looking meals!

Have a great one!

37 kristina scott June 2, 2009 at 3:23 pm

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38 ksgoodeats June 2, 2009 at 5:14 pm

Glad you’re still feeling great!! Sorry to hear about the cell phone ๐Ÿ™ Who would have thought that would happen!! I love the cheese addition to your soup!

39 Emily June 2, 2009 at 6:05 pm

I’m a bit late, but I wanted to congratulate you on the marathon finish – I had a really good time running vicariously through your post!

40 Sarah (from See Sarah Eat) June 2, 2009 at 6:30 pm

The races I did this Spring totally gave me that post-race non-hunger too! I do think it comes with fueling properly before and during the race. Glad you aren’t too terribly sore, I was soooo sore after my half marathon last year, I cringe just thinking about it, haha. Have a good night!

41 April Moore June 2, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Meghann, congrats! I’m so proud of you!!!

42 inmytummy June 2, 2009 at 6:45 pm

When I ran a marathon, 3 years ago, I was totally thinking the entire time about what I was going to eat afterwards and then when I finished, I didn’t want anything at all. I think I was dehydrated though.


43 inmytummy June 2, 2009 at 6:45 pm

When I ran a marathon, 3 years ago, I was totally thinking the entire time about what I was going to eat afterwards and then when I finished, I didn’t want anything at all. I think I was dehydrated though.


44 modhealth June 2, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Hey Meghann! I’m glad recovery is going well. I only ran a 1/2 marathon this weekend and I feel like I’ve been run over by a truck lol.

My take on your lack of hunger is this. Your body may be working on overload to heal the all the muscle fibers you tore during the race. Consequently, not as much energy might be going towards your digestive system, meaning your hunger doesn’t come as easily. However, eating protein and refueling your carb supply is the only way to heal your body fast. So my suggestion would be to not eat too intuitively (*gasp*), but focus on refueling with enough food and eating foods that your body can use!

45 Melissa S. June 2, 2009 at 7:26 pm

I’m glad you’re able to eat intuitively…just make sure those intuitive eats are replacing that monstrous amount of cals you burned during that race! ๐Ÿ˜€

46 Vanessa @ Last Night's Leftovers June 2, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Glad to hear the recovery is going well! That lentil chili looks fantastic…

47 ttfn300 June 2, 2009 at 11:07 pm

meghann!! i’m catching up after a weekend camping, just wanted to say CONGRATS on a fantastic marathon ๐Ÿ™‚

48 jody June 3, 2009 at 1:13 am

hi meghann,
let me start by saying this…you are a rockstar! seriously. a marathon – what an amazing accomplishment! and i also need to say thank you. ive been running forever, but the longest race ive ever done is a half marathon. ive always wanted to do a marathon, but have never been able to find the motivation to train for a full. until now that is. until reading your blog! you truly are an inspiration!

ive even started a blog to track my progress. bare with me, im still new at this. but id love your thoughts and feedback, runningwise, blogwise you name it.

thanks for being such a great role model for our generation and again, congrats!

49 Goldie June 3, 2009 at 2:21 am

Hi Meghann

I’m so guilty of the ‘phone in bra’ thing too. it always seems like a great idea until the end of the run!

hope you get a replacement soon.

50 Amandaa June 3, 2009 at 6:43 am

ah! that is terrible about the phone deal. i hope you
get a new one soon-it really is the worst not having
that connection.

enjoy your great recovery!

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