Prior to my ankle roll situation late last week, I’ve been feeling pretty marvelous with my running. Training for Mt. Washington got my weekly mileage the highest it’s been since my injury in April 2015. That along with speed work and running hills, mountains and then more hills leave my legs feeling like Jell-o but also super tight and fatigued. I’m guilty of skipping a lot of the steps in recovery just because Mama and general life duties pop up as soon as I walk in the door post run.
Recovery is just as important as the actual workout. To gain strength, speed, etc, muscles grow and become stronger when they are subjected to forces that cause tiny tears in the muscle fibers. It’s during recovery that the body repairs these fibers and builds new blood vessels to the stressed area.
None of this happens unless you have proper rest and recovery.
Here are 5 post run/workout recovery tips I’ve been using to help reduce soreness, enhance my fitness and to keep me healthy all summer long (and beyond!):
1. Fuel up – Post runs over 1 hour, you have about a 30 minute window to refuel to avoid insufficient glycogen stores for your next workout. I try to get the recommended 4 to 1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein via a smoothie or bowl of oats with nuts and fruit.
2. Ice – Since my injury last year, I’ve been faithfully icing after every single run. Even if nothing hurts. Ice does a body good!
3. Foam roll/Stretch – My foam roller has become a part of my daily routine. I’ll roll for 10-15 minutes targeting my quads, hamstring and calves. Stretching regularly has helped too. And of course, yoga. I try to attend at least 3-4 classes a week although with the new summer schedule I may have to supplement at home more.
4. Compress – Compression socks and wraps are my BFF’s. I don’t like to wear them during a run but love to feel the squeeze post workout. I prefer the full socks rather than sleeves for the ankle/foot compression too. It’s hard to wear all the compression gear during the summer because, let’s face it, compression socks don’t look the greatest with a cute summer dress. I try to at least wear socks or sleeves to bed.
5. Sleep– I try to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night or more before a long run or hard workout. Sleep is when the body fully recovers from all of your hard work. If you skimp on sleep, you skimp on recovery.
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How do you recover from a hard workout?
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