Runners are bad at recovering

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I’m really bad at recovering. It’s one of those things that you don’t do until you have to.  I should know by now that I need to focus more on things like recovering, stretching, and healing.  I recently started to spend time each week on aiding my body in recovering from long runs and tough runs like tempos or sprints.  I’m at the point in my training where I start to get injured and I want to have just one successful training period without an injury.  So I’m doing what I can to take care of my body after beating it up.

When I get home each night, I have my compression socks and foam roller waiting for me.  I have to keep them right next to my Recoverybed or else I won’t use them.  I’ve recently started running my long runs with compression socks on as well.  I’m not sure if it helps during the run but I figure with my blood clotting history and the stress I’m inflicting on my legs, it can’t hurt.

I also started taking notice of what ailments and aches I have during my runs.  Usually, if I feel a pulled muscle or a knee pain, it tends to pass after a few miles. But now, I’m taking note of it and dealing with it post run. That little knee pain can become much more a few weeks later.  I’ve also started planning my recovery days better. I use to push through and my runs would be all over the place. After reading about how to properly let your legs recover, I know I need to work my rest days into my schedule as a mandatory training day.

I’ve had too many regrets about not recovering properly after a run. It’s now becoming part of my workout rather than an afterthought.

How do you recover?

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Filed under Injuries, Lessons Learned, Rules of the Road, Training

2 responses to “Runners are bad at recovering

  1. I’ve noticed that an hour of (gentle) Pilates on rest days can do wonders for me. Have you evere tried it?

    • Although I’ve never done pilates the day after a long run, I’m a big fan of yoga the next day after my long run. It really loosens me up and feels good to stretch the muscles.
      I’m going to try pilates after to see how it works! Thanks for the tip!

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