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Training for a half marathon is quite an amazing experience. You learn to push your body to new limits. Once race day gets here, you get to put all your hard work to the test. However, recovering from the half marathon after-the-fact is not always a smooth ride. Now that you’ve ran the half marathon, it’s time listen to your body and do a few nice gestures for it. After my first half-marathon I began to incorporate these 5 tips for half marathon recovery and it has really made a difference.
If there is one very thing your body needs most after a half marathon, it is hydrating. Your body has lost so much important liquid that it’s important to hydrate it as much as possible. Water is always the best option for hydrating. During a half marathon, your sweat rates are increased, due to your fitness level, the weather conditions, and your running pace. Basically, drink up, but don’t over-do it in the water department. I also like to incorporate Nuun electrolyte tabs. The electrolytes help with hydration and the flavor is also nice when you are just done with drinking only water all day. Plus it’s great to alleviate muscle cramping.
Stretch Those Muscles
There is probably nothing you want more than to just sit down and relax after you run a half marathon. While your body needs rest, it needs to be able to stretch first. Your body has just finished an amazing accomplishment and now it’s time to take care of it. You’ll want to stretch as many body parts as you can. Remember to take it easy and stretch slowly and tenderly! You’ll most likely experience soreness in the days ahead, but stretching helps you keep your muscles loose.
Foam Roll Out the Pain
Another way to recover from a half marathon is by using foam roller. Foam rolling is basically a form of self-massage that aids in the recovery of your muscles and helps to reduce injuries in your body after a half marathon. If you’re experiencing pain, you can use the foam roller to apply pressure to those sore spots can help alleviate it.
Grab a Massage
Getting a massage is by far my personal favorite for recovering after a half marathon. My go to massage place is Massage Envy. They have been great in helping me recover from half marathons in the muscle department. In fact, massage is something I incorporate in my training as well to help with overall total body care.
I love the mission of Massage Envy and how they have a passion to help everyone live just a little better. Total body care is really important and Massage Envy understands that. I love that massage helps to keep me performing my best. The first time I got a massage for as part of my training it was a light bulb moment for me on how I can use it to help my body recover. It really was me taking a moment to check over my body and make sure everything was functioning well.
Although it might seem counterproductive, it’s not. It’s important to keep moving and walk through the days after your race to help keep your muscles full of oxygen and keep you from getting too stiff. Movement also helps with DOMs delayed onset muscle soreness. I like to take a long easy walk the day after my run and then slowly incorporate running back in when I feel ready to do so.
I have found as I have used the above tips that my body recovers a whole lot faster.
Have you run a longer distance race before? What do you do for total body care to recover?
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