How to Ace Post-Run Recovery

And forget about muscle pain or fatigue once and for all.

Agnese Zimele
Runner's Life

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Heavy legs on a race day or aching calves during a long run aren't something any runner would enjoy. Yet, many of us have experienced one or another at some point in our running journeys.

I, too, have dealt with cramps, shin splints, and performance plateaus. And while on some occasions it was due to unbalanced training, in most cases, I could've avoided all of that trouble with a proper recovery strategy.

Because the thing is — you can do all the tasks in your workouts, but if you fail to do your homework off-track, it will get harder to progress.

All you need is a solid recovery routine, and you'll enjoy running even more.

Over the years and through numerous setbacks, I've learned to prioritize four key things when it comes to recovery.

If I do them all and do them right, I can escape severe injuries and improve my performance in training and races. That's every runner's dream, right? So here's what you should have on your recovery plate too:

  1. Fuel and hydrate yourself well

Nutritionists, coaches, and elite athletes have all said it and keep repeating — better performance requires better nutrition. And it's not just about…

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Agnese Zimele
Runner's Life

Marketing specialist and running coach who's been passionate about writing since childhood.