For me recovery is important. This is part of what you should be learning from race pain. I try to refuel and rehydrate as soon as possible after a race. Rest, and walk the next few days, I've found 'active recovery' moves things along. I make sure to drink plenty of water, too. After two or three days I try and get a massage, usually before I get back to running. For me it's sort of a check to 'make sure nothing is broken'. Also you may want to attempt mild cross-training and see which type targets those specific muscles (try a recumbant bike) then add some of that during your next training cycle.
Mostly it has motivated me to try more miles and not take days off from work since there is an elevator at my job but not at home. When I stay home I try and catch up with the laundry and do WAY too many stairs. -Rita