Recover from ultra marathon

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Nov 2015
11:34am, 19 Nov 2015
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becky f
How long does it generally take to recover from an ultra? Till I can run again? I know everyone's different and to listen to my body. I ran an ultra last Saturday legs still a bit tired and sore in places I was going to have at least 2 weeks off from running as I am injury prone. How long do others wait till running again and when I run again what distance should I do? Do I do very short runs and for how long till I can increase milage? I've got a 10k race in just over 3 weeks thinking of doing it just as a training run not race pace
Nov 2015
1:18pm, 19 Nov 2015
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Liliaicha
How long was the ultra?
Nov 2015
1:42pm, 19 Nov 2015
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FenlandRunner
For KinkyS and Flanker, it can be as little as 12 hours :-o
Nov 2015
4:11pm, 19 Nov 2015
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Foxy
50km & you'll recover a lot quicker than 100 milers - takes me 6 weeks to recover from a 100 miler & 8 weeks to be back to my "normalish" Marathon times 3.15 - 3.25.
Nov 2015
5:03pm, 19 Nov 2015
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KinkyS
How far was the ultra, what sort of terrain, and how hard did you push it (survive and enjoy it or flat out as fast as you can?)...

For me, I can be back running the next day if it was a steady effort and not too far, or broken for months if it was long and/or I killed myself for a time. In the end it is very individual to each person...
Nov 2015
8:15pm, 19 Nov 2015
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FenlandRunner
To be honest, my first quadzilla (four marathons in four days) took the most time to recover. I was knackered for months afterwards.
Nov 2015
8:32pm, 19 Nov 2015
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becky f
It was 50 miles it was on flat but really badly cambered and lots of potholes. Groin a bit sore and my foot outer side just under heel and back of ankle a bit sore. I didn't do it flat out 12 something pace but was really struggling last 3 miles.
Nov 2015
8:43pm, 19 Nov 2015
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Derby Tup
A jog on grass the next day often helps me recover. It seems counter intuitive and feels terrible but does help (me). I think you answered your own question though: listen to your body ;-) I've lost skin off feet after some events and not run for weeks but raced a short fell race days after my Bob Graham (23 hrs in the Lakes)
Nov 2015
12:08am, 20 Nov 2015
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Foxy
happy to be of service FR ;)
Nov 2015
8:04am, 20 Nov 2015
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FenlandRunner
Foxy, the training effect was epic. Once I'd recovered I had a great year :) :)

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