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Jun 17, 2010 2:13 PM

Tired legs 4 days after Half Marathon



I just ran my first half marathon on Sunday and had a great time.  I went for an easy 3 mile run today after 3 days off and a massage yesterday.  My legs felt really, really tired after about 1/2 mile.  Should I have taken more time off before running again?  I am eager to get going again, but don't want to cause an injury.  I would like to do another half this fall.  Thanks!

  • rbird Legend 1,073 posts since
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    1. Jun 17, 2010 2:37 PM (in response to DBL3)
    Re: Tired legs 4 days after Half Marathon

    Congratulations on finishing your half.


    Tired, but it sounds like you finished the 3 miles OK.  That sounds about right.


    I took a light week after my first half.  I did a 3 miler on the fourth day, like you.  I ran 5 or 6 miles the first weekend after the race.  After that I was pretty back much to my regular schedule. 


    A massage would have been nice though.  I’m jealous.

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  • lenzlaw Community Moderator 10,539 posts since
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    3. Jun 17, 2010 7:03 PM (in response to DBL3)
    Re: Tired legs 4 days after Half Marathon

    Typical recovery after a race is one day per mile of the race, during which you do no "hard" workouts.  Taking a few days off after a longer race is not unusual.  But it also varies with the individual.  After you've done a couple you'll have a better idea of how long it takes you to recover.




  • JasonFitz1 Legend 578 posts since
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    4. Jun 17, 2010 7:11 PM (in response to DBL3)
    Re: Tired legs 4 days after Half Marathon

    It's hard to say how much recovery time you need.  The better shape you were in before the race, the fewer days off you'll need.  It's ok being just "tired" on your runs for the first few days back, but if anything is excessively sore or hurts, definitely stop.  I would take another day or two off, then start running again.  Keep it easy for a week and adjust your training based on how your body feels.  You have plenty of time before a fall half-marathon.  Good luck!


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  • Jasonhomey Pro 236 posts since
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    5. Jun 18, 2010 10:33 PM (in response to JasonFitz1)
    Re: Tired legs 4 days after Half Marathon

    I agree with Jason especially since he has such an awesome name. Depending on your conditioning, that will tell you how much time to take off. After marathons, i am worthless for at least a week. Your body will tell you when you are ready to run hard again.

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