When it comes to training, I take recovery very seriously. We are constantly pushing our bodies to the point of exhaustion we often forget about the importance of the recovery process. A wise man once told me; “your recovery days are just as important as your hard days”. There was a time in my life where I would give every ounce of energy I had for every run I did. I never wanted to run slow. As a result, I found myself constantly fatigued with low energy. The workouts that I use to complete with ease started to get harder and discomforting. Following this experience, I decided to take the wise man’s advice and try to take my recovery days seriously. I was amazed of the results that I found after a couple of weeks of running easy after the days following my hard days. I had more energy, my tempos were getting faster without having to increase the amount of effort I inputted into them, and I felt alive. If we do not allow out bodies to recuperate after we trash them how do we expect to get stronger? The reason why we workout is to break down our muscle fibers so that they can grow back stronger to handle a heavier load. Our broken down muscle fibers will never get the chance to grow back stronger if we don’t allow them to. If you are constantly working out hard, your muscle fibers may keep breaking down which can cause a smaller amount of force that muscle can produce. As you can see, recovery days are extremely important to the success of an athlete. When it comes to recovery, there are many different products and things that you can do to offer aid in recovery. Personally, I wear my Zensah Compression Sleeves or socks under my work clothes. Also I wear them in some of my easy and hard runs. Now some of you might wonder how compression aids in recovery. Some studies shows that compression can increase blood circulation which can aid in the amount of lactic acid that is removed from your tired muscles which can increase performance. Your body naturally flushes the lactic acid out of your muscles but a little help never hurt anybody. Sleeping, drinking plenty of water and eating is also very important. As an athlete, getting enough sleep is as important as your food and exercise choices. Cheating on sleep makes it hard to concentrate at work, may impair you appetite and causes irritability. A sleep debt can negatively affect your running. The more you sleep, the better your runs will result. Same goes with eating and driking plenty of water. The more I have eaten (eating clean) and drinking water, I have found how much energy I have before, during and after my runs. Since we are loosing a lot of calories and water during our runs. The sooner the better - ideally within 30 minutes after running as your body needs essential nutrients to kick start the growth and repair process after a hard training session. It is such an important assent to one’s training regime.
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