So what's been going on so far . . . In the hours following the marathon I knew to listen to my body. Back when I had a coach (10 or so years ago) she was adamant about post-race/post-hard run nutrition. Specifically about ingesting a fluid with a 4:1 carbohydrate to protein ration. What I've landed upon is high protein Boost. For the marathon I brought along three bottles of the stuff. One for breakfast, and two for after the marathon. My first post marathon meal consisted of a burger and fries with a small blizzard (ice cream). The rest of the day involved some more snacking and a dinner of shrimp with lobster sauce. As for stretching, that, I did do as well. No major stretching, everything was more gentle and yoga like (down dog, legs up a wall, triangle, pigeon lunge). I had put on my calf sleeves after the marathon and didn't realize until the next morning that I had slept with them as well.
The next day was still about taking it easy. Gentle stretching, taking a nap, doing some work from home. On Monday I decided to hit the elliptical for 45 minutes and then yesterday I did my first run, five miles on the treadmill. Today is a rest day in which I get to have my first post-marathon massage and shall be seeing my favorite chiropractor. Then the plan is an easy seven miles tomorrow, more time on the elliptical followed by strength training on Friday, and a fun run 10K on Saturday. The 10K truly will be a fun run as I'm running in a costume, attached to six other people. I'll talk more about that as that event nears.
I do feel slightly pensive about my decision to run another marathon relatively so soon. Again, I know of people who've done back to backs with much less time in between them, so I know this is possible. I just truly hope the weather is more amiable this time around.