After a long 9 weeks off running, and another several months of incredible caution and hypochondria, I’m now back to training regularly. I’m hitting decent paces and reaching good mileage for this stage in marathon training. The only thing is, my recovery times are absolutely atrocious. After my long runs, I just want to sleep all day. I feel run down and achey for the rest of the day, and then the DOMs hit and leave me waddling around the office like a penguin.
I’m not complaining unnecessarily; this is part of training, and it feels great to have earnt the aches, and to know I’m working hard and pushing my body. But I’m also aware I have to keep doing this for another 10 weeks.
So my question to you, my internet friends, is this: how do I improve my recovery times? I think my stretching and foam rolling is pretty on point (although not as frequent and thorough as I’d like), so I think I need to look at my nutrition.
Do you have a specific post-run routine? A drink? Snack?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Lots of love,