Hi Guys! Today I am sharing with you some post run recovery tips. I used to be bad about not doing anything after my run, but I have learned that doing these things really help my body. So, here are some of my favorite ways to recover after a run.
It’s not a good idea to immediately go sit down. This will make your muscles tight and they may get very sore. At the end of a run, you should walk for several minutes. I like to end my long runs with a half mile or mile walk.
Stretch and Legs Up
This is a ritual that I have come to love after my long runs. Propping your legs up against a wall after a run helps the blood to recirculate. I find that I am less likely to feel sore if I prop my legs up for a little while. I also love to stretch. My hips get very tight during runs, so stretching makes me feel a lot better when I’m done. I also like to wear some compression sleeves or socks while I do this.
We all have a love/hate relationship with our foam or stick rollers. They hurt so bad when you do it, but you feel so great when it’s done! I try to do this after every long run to keep my muscles from knotting up and getting tight. Plus, it helps me to not be so sore!
After every run, I always grab a Gatorade or guzzle a ton of water. I like to add in an electrolyte tab like NUUN or I also like Advocare Rehydrate. This is essential so you can replace what you have sweated out. This also aids in keeping soreness away!
I try to eat something within the hour after my run. If it’s a long run, it’s usually within 30 minutes. This may be a protein shake, a banana, or a protein bar. (My favorite protein powder is Bob’s Red Mill protein powder.) Protein helps the muscles repair themselves after a hard workout and it keeps me from feeling sick when the “runger” sets in. It also keeps me from overeating later when I am super hungry after a run or workout.