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The road to recovery after running a marathon

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By Deena Centofanti
FOX 2 News Health Reporter

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- It is time to collectively heal thousands of soar muscles.  About 24,000 brave athletes took on the challenge of running The Detroit Free Press Marathon.

The question is now what?  Even the half marathoners are moving a little slow.

"It hurts bad.  My legs today feel like lead noodles.  They're really heavy, and they don't want stand up or sit down when I try to," said Danelle Aboud.

"Definitely achy legs.  I'm dealing with an injury, plantar faschitis, which came on during training, so that's constantly chronic, but generally just tired and achy," said Sean Lee.

Along with the great sense of accomplishment, you can't ignore the lingering pain that comes with running long distances.  Recovering after the run means taking some special precautions.

You're immune system is fragile for about three days after running a marathon, which means this is the time you're vulnerable to catching a cold or other virus.  Get plenty of rest.  It will help your body recover, as well as eating healthy foods.

According to, for three to 14 days after the race, the research shows that a marathon can induce significant muscle, cellular and immune system damage.

It can take some people up to several weeks to recover from running a 26.2 mile race, but for those who cross the finish line, it's well worth it.

"A really good sense of accomplishment.  A lot of pride for myself," Aboud explained.

"I have to convince myself that I can do it.  Physical falls into it with the training, but I had to from the beginning think I can get this done, and I did and it feels good," Lee said.

There is also what's called the post marathon blues.  That's the feeling of let down after being so amped up to accomplish such a big task.

If you are inspired to start training for say an upcoming 5K, you can find more information by visiting the follow websites.

Couch-to-5K Running Plan

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