After finishing a marathon, one of the runners’ most significant mistakes is returning to work the next day. Many marathons, like the IMT Des Moines Marathon, are on Sundays. And since most people work on weekdays, it’s understandable that you go back to work the next day.


I have run 13 marathons in 13 states. The worst experience I’ve had to date was after the Green Bay Marathon in Green Bay, Wisconsin. I drove home after the race and went to work the next day. Soooooo anticlimactic. I’ve vowed not to do that again if humanly possible.

The 12 Minute Turtles (my online running community) have a saying: “Turtles go home Tuesday.” We reserve the day after the race for our Turtle Adventure Day. Last year, when we participated in the IMT Des Moines Marathon, we spent the next day exploring boutiques, checking out the sculpture garden, and having our own 80’s themed party at the Dam Pub.

Even if the race you run is in your hometown, I bet there are places you could explore! What you do doesn’t matter. But intentionally giving yourself space to celebrate your accomplishment is a game changer.

One foot in front of the other, my friends.

Lisa Robb is an RRCA Certified Running Coach and the founder of the 12 Minute Turtles, an online running community for women that celebrates and elevates the back-of-the-pack running experience. She’s on a mission to run a marathon in all 50 states with as many Turtles as possible, collecting adventures along the way. For more information, go to