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RUNNING RECOVERY: IS IT ALL ABOUT JUST RESTING OR IS THERE MORE TO IT?


Whether you’re training for a 5k race, preparing to run a marathon, or simply looking to make running easier on your body, recovering effectively cannot be overlooked. It's a solid staple of all high-performance runners. But what exactly is involved in running recovery other than just resting, stretching, and massage? And what can I do to help achieve it? Don’t fret…Dr. Rob here to provide some helpful tips….


WHY IS RUNNING RECOVERY SO IMPORTANT?


Recovering from the stresses and strain we put on our bodies while running is essential for us to keep going in our training plans and to feel fresh EACH AND EVERY SINGLE RUNNING BOUT. Recovery though is much more than just taking a break from stress inducing activity, especially if we have full time jobs, family, and other responsibilities to take care of.


We need to be able to get rid of inflammatory mediators, flush out lactic acid or lactate build up following activity, and we need to replace fluids and electrolytes so we are ready to go again. Having intention when going about your recovery is almost more important

than running or the act of recovery itself. Planning for your recovery takes extra time but once you are able to understand what your body needs, when it needs it, and how much it needs after certain workouts, it becomes routine, just like the rest of our training.


Below I have included a number of tips and some different types of recovery options available to you. Have a look and see if there are some you haven't yet tried but would be interested in. Let us know if you have any questions. Please email us at rberghorn@ascentphysicaltherapyny.com . We would be happy to assist you.