The Rule of Thumb has been that you need a full day of recovery for every mile you’ve raced hard. The means that a hard marathon could leave you at less than your best for up to month.
A recent article in the NY Times challenges this assertion. Quoting famed South African running author and researcher, Dr. Tim Noakes, the article states that there is no science behind that claim.
This is true. The One Easy Day rule is not a law of physiology. Factors such as hydration, glycogen replenishment, sleep, preparation, race course, and personal physiology all come into play during recovery.
Does this mean the One Easy Day rule is of no use? Of course not. All “rules of thumb” are intended as general guidelines, suggested approaches that can be used as a point of departure for a personalized plan of action. Be aware of your own experience, and keep track of each of these factors – hydration, nutrition, rest, cross-training, and recovery history.
The point here is to mirror the entire philosophy of Smart Marathon Training: to have a reasoned, purposeful plan of action governing training and racing.
To see the entire article, go to: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/19/how-long-does-it-take-to-recover-from-a-marathon/?ref=nutrition
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