Running a marathon is an accomplishment in itself whether you end up in first place or last. Imagine the hard work needed to go through a number of miles and how everything from your physical to your mental strength is put to the test.
But what happens once you cross the finish line? After the cheers and celebration, one thing must never be forgotten: the post-marathon recovery. This stage is as equally important as your preparation and how you recover will determine your condition for your next race.
If you want a successful recovery, here are a few tips:
Have a massage
Having a massage is recommended because it helps prevent injuries, reduce muscle soreness and improve blood circulation that contributes to the better range of motion. If you live in St Louis, contact a mobile massage therapist so you can have a refreshing and relaxing massage in the comfort of your home or office. It is highly suggested to get a massage a day or two after your big run but not a week later.
Remember that your body is vulnerable as it recovers so take good care of your immune system to prevent possible infections. Aside from a healthy protein diet, get back the lost carbs by eating bread, rice, bananas and pasta. And don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated and get a lot of sleep.
Listen to your body
If you feel that you still need to rest your legs or lie in bed for a few more days before running again, do it. Don’t set a deadline for your recovery. Listen to what your body will tell you because you can’t push yourself to another round of hard work if you still feel weak. Enjoy light or relaxing activities such as walking or swimming, but don’t overdo it or you may exacerbate any minor muscle damage.