I decided to really step my recovery game up this marathon cycle…or maybe my body decided it for me. Either way, I have been much more active in doing things I never did before.
I always have foam rolled and used my roll recovery R8. I have been using that for a year or so and love it.
At the end of my marathon training for Chicago last year I did Cryo for a month and it really helped. I started back this week and I’m slowly adding that in. I try to go on my lunch hour. It’s very quick- 3 minutes and I’m out of there. So why do I do it?
- Faster healing of injuries
- Helps relieve muscle soreness
- Improves performance
- Decreases inflammation
- Improves sleep
- Gives me a sense of an energy boost
Those are just a few of the benefits that I notice. It’s at my chiropractors office that is just 10 minutes from my office so it works well in my schedule.
I also try to do ART therapy at my chiropractor every two weeks.
Just recently I purchased Air Relax boots. They can be used twice a day- in the morning and the evening. I don’t usually have time in the morning but have been using them right before bed and I used them before my long run this week. My legs felt really fresh on my long run so I definitely think they are helping.
The boots compress your legs and you can choose your pressure or points you want to focus on. I feel like it’s a nice deep massage for your legs.
Typically my feet are my biggest issue and always have been. The pads of my feet hurt when pounding pavement for really long runs. I talked to my doctor about this and he suggested using toe separators because my large toe was starting to move inward. I’m sure all the years of high heels has had an impact on this.
I had no idea that this was even a thing! I looked it up and voila! Yoga toes! They are gel separators that you use for 15-20 minutes at a time. I got mine off of Amazon.
On top of this, sticking with my rest days, stretching more, doing my recovery and easy days at a truly easy pace have all helped as well and I hope will continue to help as I build more mileage the next couple months.
All of this is time consuming and time that is hard to find. Some days I can only find time for a quick roll out after a run and some days I have time to do it all.
What do you use for recovery tools? I’m all ears!
As always – run happy…and recover happy too!