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by Janda Ricci- Munn
My last post-workout training tip shed light on post workout cool down and recovery and the concept that effective training means knowing not only how to effectively stress your body, but how to expedite its rate of recovery so that it can properly absorb the day’s training stress and adapt to it/grow stronger. We often think of post workout “recovery” as something that happens in the hours and days after a given workout but pay little attention to our body’s needs in the minutes following stressful training sessions…
Running by nature is a stressful activity. With every stride, we subject our bodies to quite a bit of eccentric stress. Muscles, joints and connective tissue all take a beating when we pound pavement, cross-country trails and even the treadmill. The degree of stress being imposed upon our bodies is determined by the severity of the training session and your relative state of fitness.
Generally speaking, the harder and/or longer you run, the more you stress your body, although things like weather conditions and course profile obviously factor into the equation as well (i.e. a hilly course will usually exact a higher toll than a flat course will). A highly trained, physically fit runner can typically handle more training stress than their out of shape/beginner counterpart can, which is another reason that newer runners must remember to build their training volume and frequency slowly when undertaking a training regimen.
Regardless as to whether you call yourself a seasoned pro or a rookie however, there are a few keys points to remember when thinking about post workout recovery: Continue reading 'Post-Workout Protocol: Cool Down and Recovery'»
Injuries could be considered every athlete’s worst nightmare. Being suddenly taken out of routine, training, competition, can have both physical and emotional results for an athlete.
In keeping with our theme this week of post-injury return to running and racing, we dug up this video from Runner’s World. This is the first in a series, so be sure you catch them all. If you are in a time of recovery from an injury, we hope you find a little motivation and encouragement here.
Watch the rest of Matt’s story in these videos.
Last week we talked about how injuries, as awful of a truth it is, are simply part of endurance sports. As I mentioned in the last blog, it is very important to figure out what caused your injury. Most injuries can be avoided, especially the ones caused from overuse. One of the best ways to ensure you’re not getting an injury like this is to get a coach who can help you design a proper training plan that meets your specific needs.
Even if you take as many precautionary steps as you can to not get injured, sometimes it just happens and there isn’t a whole lot you can do. When an injury occurs that requires complete down time you need to do just that…REST. Most endurance athletes are overtrained anyways so taking a week or two completely off is not going to make you lose all of your fitness. During that time, even though you may not be doing much physical activity, it would wise to create a small team of individuals that you trust to help you get back to 100%. This way, when you are ready to do something again you know your game plan. Continue reading 'How to Enhance Recovery from an Injury'»