Hey, everyone! I think I can safely say that I am recovered from the marathon. The muscle soreness only lasted a couple days. Blisters and chafing took a little longer to heal. And my worn out knees took a little longer than that to feel back to normal.
I tried going for a run a couple days after the race, and it felt awful. My body had nothing in the tank even if my desire to run was there. So I cut it short and headed home to rest some more.
A few days after that, I rode my bike home after dropping my car off at the shop. Then, this Sunday afternoon, it was so beautiful out that I had to spend some time outdoors doing something. So I went for an 18 mile ride on the bike paths going wherever I felt like and however fast or slow. It was wonderful, and I feel like a normal, functioning person again. Not like my knees were 75 years old. That's a good thing!
I'm glad I didn't sign up for another distance race within a week or two of the marathon. I wouldn't have been ready for it. But I'm ready to get out there again now. I just need a new pair of running shoes...