I have to confess...I never got the marathon recovery thing right. I was always too impatient...never allowing enough time for rest and relaxation. If I was lucky...it simply delayed my recovery. If I was unlucky...it lead to injury and/or illness.
Since I obviously don't know much about marathon recovery, I found an article that does a good job of explaining how the post-marathon recovery period should be handled. You can read it here.
All I can say is...be kind to yourself.
PS...if any of you ran a marathon this past weekend...maybe you could post your results and/or experiences to the "comments" section here. Thanks.