If you’ve raced before, you know how sore you can be the day or two after. Part of that is inevitable—you’ve probably worked pretty hard and your body is going to exhibit some soreness and stiffness. But there are steps you can take to lessen the degree of soreness so that you can get back to the business of training faster.
The first step to recovery begins immediately after the race. Take a cool-down run, no matter how much it hurts and how much you don’t feel like doing it. Just 10 to 15 minutes of super easy running will help your body start processing the waste in your legs. (more…)