Whatever your running challenge, whether you’ve run a full 26.2 miles at The London Marathon, ABP Southampton Marathon, the 13.1 miles ABP Half or taken part in a 10k or 5k run, these events can take their toll on your body and mind.
What you do post race plays an important part in your recovery, just like your training and race preparation.
Here’s our top tips to maximise your recovery
- Keep hydrated, drink plenty of fluids following the race and in the days after.
- Take a bath in Epsom salts and alternate this with a contrasting cool bath or shower to really stimulate circulation.
- Make sure you keep moving. However tempting it is to just collapse in an exhausted heap and have a few relaxing days, if you can keep your body lightly active it will help your recovery. Doing some gentle alternative exercise such as swimming or yoga can really help in the week or so after an event. It can take about 2 weeks post marathon for your muscles to return to full strength, so ease back into running gradually.
- Increase your protein intake following the event to aid the recovery process.
- Invest in a post event massage. This will help ease any muscle stiffness and soreness, and improve recovery rate. The best timing for a light massage is 1 to 3 days post event, or 3 to 5 days post event for a deeper tissue massage. You can also use a foam roller, massage stick or massage ball to ease up and loosen out tight areas.
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