RECOVERY REGIMEN

IF THERE IS ONE THING I'VE LEARNED FROM MAINTAINING AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE, IT'S HOW TO PROPERLY REST AND RECOVER PRE/POST WORKOUT. IF YOU DON'T ALLOW YOUR MUSCLES AND MIND TO REST, THAT'S WHEN INJURY AND FATIGUE SET IN. I'VE HAD NUMEROUS INJURIES DUE TO LACK OF RECOVERY AFTER WORKOUTS, RACES, ETC. MY TWO PRIORITIES WHEN IT COMES TO TRAINING, ASIDE FROM PROPERLY CROSS TRAINING AND PUTTING IN MILEAGE, ARE FOAM ROLLING AND GOOD OLD FASHIONED SLEEP. I TYPICALLY FOAM ROLL IN THE MORNING, POST RUN AND BEFORE BED ALONG WITH A BASIC SERIES OF STRETCHES. THIS ALLOWS ME TO WORK OUT ANY TIGHTNESS IN MY QUADS, CALVES, HAMSTRINGS AND GLUTES AS WELL AS MY IT BAND, ENSURING A HEALTHY SET OF LEGS FOR MY NEXT RUN OR CROSS TRAINING SESSION. THE OTHER KEY COMPONENT IN MY REGIMEN IS SLEEP. MOST PEOPLE UNDER ESTIMATE SLEEP. WHEN YOUR BODY IS ASLEEP, ANY SLIGHT TEARS OR OVERUSE IN YOUR MUSCLES ARE REBUILDING. I LISTEN TO MY BODY AND IF I FEEL EXTRA FATIGUED OR I KNOW I DIDN'T GET ENOUGH SLEEP, I RE-ARRANGE MY WORKOUT. SOMETIMES THAT EXTRA HOUR OR TWO OF SLEEP IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN PULLING YOURSELF OUT OF BED FOR A RUN/XT SESSION. THERE ARE OTHER RECOVERY STRATEGIES THAT ARE ESPECIALLY KEY POST RACE, BUT MORE ON THOSE LATER. 

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