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After the Marathon & Oofos

by Megan

I wrote about each week of my 16-week marathon training plan, plus a full recap of the marathon itself. But what happens after the race? You train hard and then run 26.2 miles and then…what?

Marathon Training: After The Race

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My training plan came from the book The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer. One chapter is dedicated to each week of training, and then there is chapter 17, which gives some ideas on what to do after the race.

Marathon Training Tips: Week 17 (after the race)

Immediately after the race:

  • Get warm if you are cold.
  • Get into clean, dry clothes as soon as possible.
  • Drink water or a sports drink.
  • Take care of any blisters so they do not become infected.
  • Ice any joints that are in discomfort.
  • Take 400mg of Ibuprofen three times a day for the next two days, if necessary.
  • Stretch to relieve muscle soreness.

Later after the race:

  • Take a break from running for at least a few days, and gradually reintroduce it with short distances.
  • Continue to apply the nutrition and exercise tips from previous weeks, to keep in optimal health.
  • Hopefully achieving such a major goal as finishing a marathon has helped you to adopt and physically and mentally healthy lifestyle.
  • You believed in yourself, thought positively, and completed your goal- now apply those attitudes to everything else in your life.

After finishing my marathon, I drank some water and coke, and my husband drove through Burger King, but I wasn’t very hungry. I thought I would be, but I think my body was just ready to relax and didn’t want to think about food!

Once we got home, I hobbled to my bed and lay there for a long time. I thought I would sleep, but I didn’t. I browsed Facebook and watched some TV, and mostly just didn’t move!

I never felt really sick, like I did after running my half-marathon, but I did get pretty sore. It was hard to walk for the next week.

And I haven’t run since then. I finished my marathon over six weeks ago, and I have not been out running at all. I’m sure I will run again. In fact, running such a huge distance has made shorter distances seem super possible. Half marathon? No problem! 5k? Be right back!

I love feeling like I’m capable of such a major feat. Will I do it again? Maybe!

Since we are talking about recovery after a marathon, it’s only fitting that I include a short review of Oofos. What are Oofos? Something that will make you go “Oo!”

Oofos Giveaway

I was sent a pair of Oofos sandals to try out, and the rumors are true. You can’t put them on without saying, “Oooohhh!” The original best-selling shoe is similar to a flip flop, but has a bio engineered footbed that provides cushioning and support that help your feet to recover after a run.

If you’ve ever run a long distance and then walked around, you know that special kind of discomfort! But if you slip your feet into a pair of Oofos after your run, you can walk around with happy feet!


Yes, Oofos are great to wear after a race, but I find myself wearing mine all the time! Going to the store…even just hanging around at home! They are comfy and stylish, and with all the color options, I’m sure I’ll be ordering another pair soon!

Good luck with your racing, recovery, and anything else you’re up to these days!


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latanya March 17, 2015 - 11:09am

I like mocha

Cassandra Eastman March 17, 2015 - 2:48pm

I love the Navy!

Jessica March 17, 2015 - 9:05pm

I like Aqua.

Heather McKenzie Carter March 18, 2015 - 6:12am

Im impressed with the long distance! I feel good to finish a 5k! lol

Terry Maigi March 18, 2015 - 5:48am

I like the black ones!

Heather McKenzie Carter March 18, 2015 - 6:08am

I like both the aqua and the navy :) I always wear black so I tried to deviate from the norm :-P

Marissa M March 18, 2015 - 7:07am

I love the aqua colored ones!

Debra Guillen March 18, 2015 - 8:44am

I like the plum

LeAnn H March 18, 2015 - 11:46am

I like the lilac ones.

Seyma Shabbir March 18, 2015 - 12:37pm

I love the kiwi color!

missy March 18, 2015 - 12:39pm

I like the black and the mocha

JR FrugalMom March 18, 2015 - 1:01pm

My favorite color is the aqua.

Tamra Phelps March 18, 2015 - 7:25pm

I got my niece a pair of aqua & she loved them. I think the kiwi or the plum are pretty, too.

Kim Reid March 18, 2015 - 8:09pm

My favorite is the Cloud color, thanks!

Kate March 18, 2015 - 9:46pm

I would probably do the black or white since I could wear them with anything, but my favorite are the hot pink!

Heather Dawn March 19, 2015 - 8:02am

My favorite color is fuschia.

Jeffrey March 20, 2015 - 4:56am

These really interest me, I’ve had my fair share of foot issues and am always doing extra exercises and stretches to help combat my problems. I like the black or the steel color.

SARAH CHANEY March 20, 2015 - 11:51pm

I like the black

Asha Butterflys March 21, 2015 - 5:36pm

I want either the black or fucshia for the sandles.

Melissa Hartley March 21, 2015 - 6:28pm

I like the Navy & Melon colors :)

Kassi @ Truly Lovely March 23, 2015 - 12:27pm

I’m digging the Fuchsia ones! Congrats on completing a marathon!!! That is WAY cool!!!!

Rebecca Parsons March 24, 2015 - 9:39am

I really like the Aqua color, but there are a lot of pretty colors to choose from.

Sharon Rooney March 24, 2015 - 1:52pm

The Navy is my favorite color

DeAnna Keller March 24, 2015 - 6:53pm

I like the aqua color best!

stephanie landeros March 24, 2015 - 7:10pm

My favorite color is either cloud or lilac!

Jessica March 25, 2015 - 6:40am

I like the Aqua and Kiwi.

Betty March 25, 2015 - 6:50pm

Love the spring colors – I would like periwinkle or lilac

Melissa A. March 26, 2015 - 3:56pm

I like the Navy one’s!

vera wilson March 26, 2015 - 4:59pm

Navy ones would be nice for the summer.

Angie Bailey (Eigna Yeliab) March 28, 2015 - 2:48am

My favorite color is kiwi.

Dawn Monroe March 28, 2015 - 5:23am

I like the lilac and melon.

Anne March 29, 2015 - 7:44am

Oofos has such fun colors! But I think my favorite is the Navy, which would be a pretty but neutral color.

Jennifer J March 29, 2015 - 9:56am

I like Periwinkle!

Pat March 29, 2015 - 1:43pm

I like the navy.

Angie March 29, 2015 - 3:11pm

I like the steel. It is neutral but different than normal black or brown.

Rebecca Scott March 29, 2015 - 8:52pm

I usually wear black, but I love the lilac and aqua ones too!

Sadie B. March 30, 2015 - 6:38am

I like the navy colored ones.

laurie murley March 30, 2015 - 7:06pm

I love the cloud color the most

Pam H. March 31, 2015 - 3:49am

Aqua is my favorite Oofos color.

pamela j March 31, 2015 - 4:05am

Mocha is my fav!

Cheryl March 31, 2015 - 5:48am

My favorite color is fuchsia.

lisa kay March 31, 2015 - 6:55am

I Like the Fucshia!

Annmarie W. March 31, 2015 - 7:56am

I love the Navy ones!

Tammy Woodall March 31, 2015 - 8:39am

Wow, its hard to pick just one – all of the colors are great. I think I would first get the Black as a staple pair, and then get the Fucshia.

deanna March 31, 2015 - 9:21am

I like the aqua thong the most.

Angela Cash March 31, 2015 - 9:42am

My favorite Oofos color is Aqua. It is the perfect color for Spring.

Connie March 31, 2015 - 11:23am

I like the navy color.

Crystal Rose March 31, 2015 - 12:58pm

I like the black ones.

Fiona N March 31, 2015 - 1:09pm

My favorite color is green!
Thank You for the chance

Melinda Stephens March 31, 2015 - 2:17pm

My favorite color is Periwinkle.

Birdie Skolfield March 31, 2015 - 5:31pm

I ♥ the Lilac

Alison H March 31, 2015 - 7:19pm

I think the Cloud White is my favorite!

Leela March 31, 2015 - 8:52pm

I like the black.

Angela Saver March 31, 2015 - 8:53pm

I really like the steel color!