Silly me. I thought I recovered well from marathons. Ran a PR at Boston, was walking fine the next day, same thing at San Diego.
So here I am three weeks later with my legs still achy when I run. The obvious thing would be to slow down, I know. But it is hard. I have a lot of energy! So, what’s a girl to do?
These are some of my favorite recovery tools, and I am hoping that they continue to work so that I am ready and speedy for my next race.
Ari’s fantastic [some weird] recovery musts:
1. Ice bath. I try to ice bath after every run longer than 12 miles. Usually it involves me simply jumping in our pool. However, on days like today, where I swear the pool water could have been frozen, or in the summer when the water is 90 degrees, I fill the bathtub with the cold water, take all of the ice out of the freezer, dump the ice in the bath, put on 3 sweatshirts, a hat, make some hot cocoa, and make a huge production out of getting in the tub. This involves screaming, whining, and other general merriment. I sit in it and call whomever I can to make the 15 minute ‘soak’ bearable. Ahh, ice baths. My lips are usually blue when I get out. So not normal.
2. COMPRESSION SOCKS!!! I love, love, love my CEP compression socks. They were a gift from my most lovely friend Shannon. Every runner should have these things. ( And a friend like Shannon!) Mine are black, but I am thinking I *need* the white ones too…oooo…or maybe hot pink! They are so fantastically tight and make my legs feel so good. I wonder if they make a compression full-body suit?
3. Magic Mountain Witch Doctor Cream. Ok, ok, I kid. It is actually Winter Crest Cream. But it has been blessed by a spiritual healer or something totally nature-y like that. (which I love! :D) This stuff is so amazing. A little pricy, so I need to save my pennies to get some more, but it is fantastic!
4. Badger Balm– My second go-to cream when I am out of wintercrest. Note: DO NOT put on legs after shaving. Wait 24 hours, at least. Holy cow, that hurt. (There is Cayenne pepper in it!)
5. Phiten necklace. I have to admit here that I purchased one because Kara Goucher wears them. If they are good enough for her, they are good enough for this girl! Turns out she purchased them because Paula Radcliffe wears them. So… not quite sure if it is working or not. Maybe I need more than one. But apparently, they are covered in titanium to aid in recovery. Who knows, like the article in the link says, athletes are superstitious!
6. Foam Roller– Very painful, but does the trick. Must. do. tonight.
7. Matt’s famous Smoothies. My husband makes me a great recovery smoothie every day. He puts in yogurt, Trader Joe’s Omega-3 carrot juice (it is cinnomon-y, so good!), rice or whey protein, flax oil, and frozen fruits. Perfection!
So, what are your secrets for recovery? Do you wear Phiten? If so, do you think it works?