One of the things I have NOT forgotten about while training is how important it is to prepare for after the race just as intentionally as for the race itself. I remember being shocked after my first half marathon with how sore and just werked I felt afterwards. Now almost ten years later, with a yoga cert and a few other races under my belt, and a wealth of information from my experienced and knowledgable SPAs at my fingertips (shout out to Annmarie at The Fit Foodie Mama for inspiring this post!), I feel more ready than ever for after the race.
Hydration before and during a race is obvious. But after I’m done, all I want is a glass of pinot grigio or a cider while eating all the French fries. Drinking water and other recovery drinks that replace electrolytes needs to stay on the radar too!
I love SOS Rehydrate for during the race – I put it in my handheld water bottle, and then have water in my CamelBak pack. I’m also excited to have fizzique with me on the recovery journey this year! It’s a sparkling protein water, so it offers those refreshing bubbles with a much-needed burst of protein! Want to try fizzique? Get 10% off your first case until 7/31 with the code LOVEYOURFIZZIQUE.
YES, YES, YES! Rolling out sore muscles may cause this face…
… but it is SO important for recovery. It’s worth the short-term, albeit intense, pain during rolling in order to feel better and return to working out quicker.
And of course, don’t forget to stretch!
I’m always ravenous after a race. Heck, even after a workout. But nothing is really better than chowing down after a long run on the trails.
One of my favorite things about my running crew here in Portland is that we have such a wealth of delicious post-run options, and everyone is always up for grabbing all the food. As long as fries are involved… After our half marathon at Molalla last fall, we met up for beers and burgers. And naturally, a few of us proceeded to order extra fries for the table. Not knowing that fries came with all of our orders. Fries for all!!
What’s your favorite food to chow down on after a race??
Take a bath
Annmarie says that jumping right into an ice bath immediately after your run or workout is key for preventing Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. Brrr….
The tumbler of vodka with your ice bath is totally optional… 😉
Hot epsom salt baths an hour or two after is also great, and can help you sleep at night. And as we all know, sleep is the ultimate way to recover.
Walk it out
I think the ultimate savior for me with my half marathon in Lisbon, since I did none of the above except refuel on delicious food, was that we took the rest of the day after the race to walk around and explore the city. As hard as it was, and as much as it felt like we were walking as if we’d been riding horses all day, movement helped prevent soreness from building up in my legs (this was especially important given we had a 6-hour bus trip back to Sevilla the next day).
And it’s not just me! Runner extraordinaire Jenny at Runny Legs ran a marathon on Saturday (PR’ing, too, I might add – WTG!), and went out for a run yesterday to keep her legs moving in preparation for her next marathon this coming Saturday!
Today’s recovery run was rough, but with @ocmarathon next weekend I knew that I needed to keep the legs moving & just get in a few, slow miles. When we were taking photos after our run @ultrarunnersd asked me to jump, I wasn’t sure if I could jump but managed to get a few inches of air 😜. Still thinking about running The OC? Use code runnylegs10 to save 10%. And I’ll be taking the OC Marathon stories on Tuesday, come follow along! PS – I just bought the new @runinrabbit lady dukes & they are amazing! The other styles fit me really tight but these are a great fit for me. 🐰 #sponsored #runtheoc #marathoner #recoveryrun #backtobackmarathons #runinrabbit #altrarunning #runnergirl #nevernotrunning #lakemurray #sandiego #homesweethome #lakeside #optoutside #keepmoving #runalways #keepittight #instarunners #justrun #nikeplus #runrestrepeat
Enjoy that feeling
One of my online runner buddies Wendy at Taking the Long Way Home talks about that feeling you get when crossing the finish line. And I totally agree! I haven’t run nearly as many races as she has, but that feeling of success, accomplishment, total badassery when months of hard work has paid off is such an amazing sensation!
So here’s a question for all my runner friends out there. I’m running the Mt Hood 25k in July, the longest race I’ll ever have run. Well, the longest distance I’ll have run ever period. Plus the elevation… And then a week later I’ll be flying from Portland to Norway. My legs and feet are already in pain thinking about the soreness and swelling. What are your tips? Compression socks? No need to suggest airport / airplane yoga – I’m very familiar. 😉
So now that I’m ready for the finish line and what comes after, it’s time to get back to training! The Gixo 5k and 10k are SATURDAY, after all. Sign up for the virtual race NOW to run with me and an amazing crew! I’ll be the speedy one:
Ready to run? Some of our SPAs shared their race-day and night before rituals, and they’re AMAZING!