I ran into a co-worker the other day who had also just finished a half marathon over the weekend. She was amazed that I was showing no signs of being sore, when she was feeling the burn still after a few days later. These are the five things that I shared with her that I do after a half marathon or a long run … they work for me and I have been blessed with limited muscle soreness.
- As soon as possible, I change into my OOFOS flip flops. I can’t say enough great things about these shoes… they cushion and cradle my feet and make them feel like new.
- I drink a serving of Vega Recovery Accelerator. It contains all sorts of goodness to reduce inflammation, replenish energy and electrolytes, increase muscle glycogen re-synthesis, and support immune function.
- I do some gentle stretching followed by foam rolling. Foam rolling is a necessary evil to keep your muscles healthy. I have a love/hate relationship with my foam roller.
- I take a warm Epsom salt bath with 2 cups Epsom salts and 1 cup baking soda with a few drops of lavendar essential oil. Epsom salts are said to reduce muscle tension and baking soda helps to alkalize the body.
- I continue to hydrate throughout the rest of the day by drinking water with lime slices.
That is my routine, and it really works well for me.
What do you do after a long run or race to keep from being sore?