Everything you need to know about recovering from a marathon

Runners being flagged off for the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2017 in the early hours of Dec 3 in Orchard Road. After a marathon, runners should take time off for torn muscle fibres to heal. If you crave being active, go for a swim, or do a
Runners being flagged off for the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2017 in the early hours of Dec 3 in Orchard Road. After a marathon, runners should take time off for torn muscle fibres to heal. If you crave being active, go for a swim, or do a gentle yoga class, but do not feel guilty about not doing any exercise.ST FILE PHOTO

Congratulations! You are a marathoner. For months, you've focused on that one goal - had nightmares about it and spent sleepless nights fretting about what shoes to wear. Well, now you've gone and done it, and the medal is hanging around your neck. So, what now?

Treat the recovery the same way as you did the training - as an integral part of the marathon process, and you'll soon be back and raring to go. Get back too soon and push too early, and you risk injury.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 24, 2018, with the headline 'Everything you need to know about recovering from a marathon'. Print Edition | Subscribe