How much rest do you usually take after a marathon?

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    Aug 27, 2009 2:06 AM GMT
    To train for another marathon, that is.

    I ran San Francisco marathon at the end of July and qualified for Boston (yay!). I took the first 2 weeks off from doing any exercise and started to do short runs here and there a couple of weeks ago. Feel that I rested enough and I should go back to my regular running routine. How soon do you resume your training after a marathon?

    I am thinking about running a half in November. Definitely running Boston in April and signed up for Gay Games in Cologne in August next year as well.
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    Aug 29, 2009 5:57 AM GMT
    4 weeks of "recovery" from a marathon is a good rule of thumb. You don't want to jump back into your previous mileage. You can run, just take it easy...maybe start at about 50-70% of your average mileage during training and rebuild your base following the 10% rule. Marathons...both the training and the race itself are extremely hard on your body. Another good rule of thumb is that you have to get to the start line before you cross the finish.
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    Aug 29, 2009 6:14 AM GMT
    You mean 42k full marathon. I never done it before. But I have run 8k on Saturday and 5k on Sunday.
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    Sep 01, 2009 2:14 PM GMT
    4 weeks before full training but during those weeks you do run just not in training mode. For example, after chicago in august my running will go from 6-6-3-XX to something like 2-2-3-5 and then add a mile every week until four weeks and then start proper training if I had another which I don't thank God!