Welcome to marathon season! I hope everyone's training and first races are going well! Adding foam rolling to your training routine on a regular basis really helps with recovery. Also, there is talk of tart cherry juice aiding in recovery. It's mainly the anti-oxidants from the cherries.
Here's a link to the no meat athlete's blog, he tested it out.
I have one race under my belt for the run season so far. I tried something new (for me) and didn't wear my Garmin and wore a stop watch instead to keep track of my miles. I wanted to see how truly dependent on my Garmin I am to pace myself. Well… I found out fairly dependent. My goal for this training season is to not depend on my watch so much. Do you train with a gps watch? Do you use it more as a guide or do you depend on it for pacing?