Today, I'm going to start a new series about what to do after you've run your first half marathon. You may have set a New Year's goal to complete one at some point this year, or you may have just finished your first half marathon recently (at Disney this weekend, maybe?). Well, after you get your bling, celebrate your accomplishment, and check out all of the race photos, a "Now What?" feeling seems to set in.
Part 1: REST and Reflect
As you rest, it's also a good time to reflect on the overall experience of your first half marathon. There are three things you should focus on: the training, the race, and your body.
1. Training: After you finish the race, think back on your training. Did you stick to your plan? Did it effectively prepare you for the race? Did you sustain any injuries during training that held you back a little? Where there some fuel/hydration techniques you tried/didn't try that were helpful? What could you have done better to prepare you for race day? Did you enjoy the training process?
|My Rock 'n Roll Half training plan|
2. The Race: The race itself is also important to reflect on. Think about your favorite parts of the race, as well as what you did well. It's human nature to focus on the negatives, but hey, you just finished your first half marathon! You deserve some positive vibes first!
|Throw yourself a little party!|
3. Your Body: Last, you need to think about how your body handled the training and race. Your first priority is to take care of any injuries that developed during the race by seeing a doctor, chiropractor, physical therapist, massage therapist, etc. Also, deal with any recurring issues you experienced during your training. Now that you don't have a training schedule to follow, it's the perfect time to get those taken care of. Also, think about anything you could have done to prevent problems during training or ways you could have better prepared your body for the race.
|Foam rolling is a great way to reduce some of the soreness!|
Question for you: Those of you who are seasoned half-marathoners, what's a key reflection you made after your first half?