So I don’t know about you but most runners tend to have down a bit of what we call a post run routine. Sometimes mine changes from day to day, but there a lot of things I tend to do after putting those miles in to help me in the process of recovering and getting back out on those roads (or trails) stronger than ever! Here are a few things that I like to do right after I log my miles on my Garmin and sync to Strava. (Because duh, Strava is important.) Let’s be friends!
–Get your stretch on. For me this is absolutely crucial post workout. Even after teaching my cycling classes at the gym I try to include a good stretching type of routine. I am really into post run yoga stretches (especially ones that open up the hips and stretch the hamstrings) And I also love planks and side planks for the core. Here are some great post run stretches you can include after you get those miles in.
–Hydrate/replenish calories. A good mix of protein and some carbs always works for me. I love eggs post run, or a refreshing homemade smoothie with almond milk. I also religiously carry a 64 ounce water bottle (you can buy them on the cheap at Five Below!) that I leave at my desk and just chug chug all day long. I like to keep things simple. I don’t do the whey protein or whatever chemical laced hot new thing anyone else is doing. Generally real food and real hydration seems to get the job done.
–Shower/compression socks. Specifically after a harder workout I will put on some compression socks to help promote blood flow. It could just be a mental thing but my legs truly feel better with the compression socks on. I leave them on for a few hours while I’m doing chores or chillin’ around the house. Pro Compression is a great resource if you are looking into these.
–Quick nap to recharge. Usually this is on the weekends after a long run and if I have gotten up especially early that day. You’ve gotta love a good power nap.
–Try to keep moving throughout the day. My biggest thing after a run especially during the work week is to stay mobile. I have a Varidesk at work that I can adjust to stay upward and I tell you what this has worked wonders for my hips and back. Sitting after a run just does not do my body any type of good. Keep moving is the name of the game. Motion is lotion – that is the best way to recover and get back to running stronger than ever.
What is your post run routine?