One of the most overlooked aspects of distance running is what you should do the week or so after a really long run.
After racing, there are a couple of standard answers.
There is the reverse taper technique, where you basically take the next 10-14 days and do the exact opposite that you did during your taper. Lots of stretching, and easy run here and there, hydrate like crazy, and after a couple of weeks you can get back to training for your next race.
Then there is the idea (that I think is bullocks, by the way) that you should take the same number of days off after a race as the number of miles run. So for a half, you take 13 days off. For a full, 26.
I’ll take a few days off after a full, but I’m not taking almost 4 weeks off.
So I guess, almost by default, that makes me much more of a reverse taper guy. And I’m ok with that.
But what do you do after a long run (maybe your longest ever) during your training for a race? Read more