To optimize your marathon performance and to prepare for your next race, active and deliberate recovery are critical. With attention to the following points, you will be less sore and will become stronger for your next run.
I take my recovery very seriously, so that the next race is set for success. Beyond the immediate change of running shoes, showering, and celebrating and/or relaxing, the following critical activities will aid your recovery. The first 12 hours are critical, and the coming days will most definitely play a part in the process too.