Want some advice on recovering from this weekend’s Leeds Half marathon? Alison Eaves, a chiropractor in Leeds at Revive Chiropractic has some advice for recovering from a hard run.
Looking after the body post run is important if you want it to recover quickly and not be too stiff and sore in the following days.
1) Warm down
You may be exhausted but a very gentle jog within 10-15 minutes of finishing the race will help to flush out some of the metabolites that have built up in your tired muscles. It won’t stop the post- race soreness completely but it will definitely help.
You should be regularly stretching after your runs anyway but even more so after a race when the muscles have been worked extra hard. Do this immediately after your cool down whilst the muscles are still a little warm.
3) Eat and drink properly
The temptation may be to pig out and maybe have a celebratory drink or two but following a half marathon you should really be watching what you eat and drink. Obtaining the correct amount of macronutrients (that’s carbohydrates, fats and proteins) and remaining well hydrated by drinking lots of water will speed up your recovery time. This is because you need to repair all of the micro-tears in your poor fatigued and overworked muscles.
If pain or stiffness persists after 7-10 days then you may benefit from seeing a chiropractor for some chiropractic treatment. Alison Eaves is available at Revive Chiropractic in north Leeds and you can book an appointment by calling 07828 686026.