Preparing for an event takes up a lot of energy – both physical and mental. Whether it’s a running race, powerlifting competition, swim meet or some other endeavour, we create training plans that prepare our bodies. But do we take the time to get our minds right before, during and after a big event?
A recent article at Runner’s World is a great reminder to allow both the mind and body to recover.
The article suggests there are four phases to consider in your post-race recovery.
- 0-24 hours
- 24-72 hours
- 3-7 days
- 7-21 days
For each stage, they propose some specific things to consider as you get your mind and body ready for your next endeavour.
For me, it really helps to have a plan for “what’s next” that includes a rest period between events. But that doesn’t mean I miss on post-race traditions. For example, after a long race, I love to celebrate with a big cooked brunch of bacon, eggs and lots of sides.