It’s not everyday you hear the words “I’m running three marathons in three days” so it was only fitting to acknowledge this great achievement by one very special lady and RecoveryBar regular, Jen Beveridge. For most people, setting a “Bucket List” goal to one day run a marathon or half marathon is usually the norm, however, to run three in three days takes a special type of person who is motivated, driven and focused along with being realistic, grounded and sensible (with a touch of crazy)

The Three marathons in three days (3M3D, Cairns, July 7th – 9th) involves running 42.2km, each day, over three consecutive days. Jen set this event as one of her goals for 2017 along with running the Gold Coast Half Marathon with her 70 year old dad, Jim (finished sub 2 hours), the New Zealand Ironman with her husband Adam, (finish time of 12:34:44) and the Melbourne Marathon (set to run later this year). So when Jen came to us asking about race recovery guidance for the triple, we set out to make a event recovery plan.

An event recovery plan is a simple, event strategy to help your body, recover physically, mentally and emotionally. Fatigue and muscle soreness are two main limiting factors that can effect overall performance both in training and competition. Planning to offset fatigue and manage your recovery with things such as an icebath, hydration plan or massage, can help with maintaining performance. For Jen’s recovery plan, we kept things simple, low key and uncomplicated so Jen could achieve this at her apartment before and after each race. Jen’s recovery plan was as follows:

  • Pre Race, Thursday night
    • 20min boot session
  • Day 1, Pre Race
    • 15min boot session
  • Day 1 Post race
    • Hydration (electrolytes, post race snack then meal at apartment), 10min ice bath / pool, compression tights on and Boots for 60min. You can be eating and hydrating while wearing the boots.
    • Friday afternoon / evening – gentle walk to dinner and stretch
    • Friday night  20min boots
  • Day 2, Pre race
    • 20min boot session
  • Day 2, Post Race
    • Hydration (electrolytes, post race snack then meal at apartment), 10min ice bath / pool, compression tights on and boots for 60min. You can be eating and hydrating while wearing the boots.
    • Sat afternoon / evening – gentle walk to dinner and stretch
    • Sat night – 20 to 30min boots
  • Day 3, Pre race
    • 20min boot session
  • Day 3, Post Race – Hydration (electrolytes post race snack then meal at apartment)
    • Boots for 30min before flight home
  • Flight Home – Wear compression tights on the flight. Gold Coast –  boots again for 30min to 60min