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Time off: I took one day without any exercise and one day of just the gym, no running.
Speed: I did speedwork Monday night after the race Sunday, but it was just 3 sets of 4 loops on the track of alternating 200 m hard, 200 m easy with some rest between.
I felt very fresh all week, and this I credit to a new recovery technique:
I went running Sunday night after the marathon.
About 6 pm, 8 hours after finishing the race, I ran 3 very easy miles with my husband. I felt very stiff for the first couple of minutes, then I loosened up. By the end of the first mile I felt fine, just a little tired. When I got home, I felt a thousand times better than I had a few hours before, and the next day I caught myself jogging up 6 flights of stairs in the parking garage without even noticing.
So that little trick really worked for me. I will definitely be repeating it when can in the future.
What's your race recovery trick?