Running can be super hard on the body, especially when you are just starting out. I remember around 5 years ago I was completely spent and sore for days after running a simple 5k in the park. Things are way different now that I have trained my body to run marathons, but I’ll never forget where I started. As I pushed past my former limits, recovery was key to being able to move to that next level, that longer distance. Here are a couple of ways that I was able to continue training by waking up with the freshest legs possible.
- Get a Roller: I used to think that rolling your body on a large item that reminds me of a pool noodle was ridiculous. It actually made no sense to me, until I started training. My roller has become my best friend. Using the roller within a couple of hours of running especially on my quads and my calves has made running the next day a bit easier vs. not rolling. It became a very faithful part of my recovery routine once I realized the stark difference of how much muscles felt the next day.
- Strength Training: This one was a game changer for me when training for my second marathon. While training for my first, I became burnt out with a run heavy training plan. The second time around I incorporated strength training 3x a week and usually the day before I run. It almost sounds crazy to run a long distance after doing leg presses and squats but for me, I am way more looser for a run the day after!
- Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate: Drinking a ton of water after a training run helps a LOT. Especially in the warm summer months. You body and muscles need water to aid in your recovery. So hydration is super key before AND after a long run in order to continue pushing hard in your training.
I’m teaming up with some of my favorite running bloggers to share recovery tips! Check them out!
Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
Allie @ VITA Train 4 Life
Laura @ This Runner’s Recipes
Improve your run recovery time with these tried and true tips from myself, @HappyFitMama, @VITATrain4Life & @ThisRunRecipes! #recovery #running