Here are some race recovery tips that I found useful:
1. Once you complete a race, don’t go straight into a heavy meal. Eat something light, preferably fruits, along with an energy drink or lots of water. Remember that you would have lost a lot of water during the run, so it is essential to rehydrate yourself after the run.
2. Just like you warm up before the run, it is important to help your muscles recover from the stress. Stretches and light kicks are useful at this time.
3. We all feel sweaty and uncomfortable after completing a marathon, but this is the time when you need to have a warm shower, as it helps relax your muscles. Massage your joints to prevent soreness the morning after.
4. Do not discontinue your morning run the day after the marathon, but don’t do any rigorous workout either. Walks and basic exercises are best recommended for a few days after any long distance marathon.
What are the other ways you help yourself recover from marathons and also resume your general running schedule? Let us know.