Coach Hillary Kigar advises on the best timeline runners should use when returning to running after a race.
The Post-Race Return To Running
While it is so important to stay consistent with your training when preparing for a race, it is crucial to pay attention to the time that comes after the race. Make sure to take plenty of days or weeks to recover, especially after longer races like half marathons, marathons and trail races. Often after successful races, we are eager to get back into the routine and may rush into things too quickly. Your longevity and long-term health as a runner can be jeopardized if you do too much too soon. Listen to your body and recognize when to push and when to focus your time and energy on getting stronger through cross-training and strength exercises rather than grinding out the miles and risking injury.