It always feels great to join a long-distance marathon as you will feel competitive alongside a bunch of other runners. The winner gets to be recognized so you would want to win the race. However, there is a chance that your body would feel sore from doing all that exercise. This would certainly happen if you haven’t done any exercise for a long time. Here is what to do about soreness from long-distance running when the race is finally over:
There is no doubt you lost a lot of liquid from all that running. That is actually good news because you’ve lost a ton of calories and you’re looking to regain the liquid back. Better do it in the form of water and not drinks with tons of sugar like energy drinks and soda. If you do that, the exercise would have been for nothing. It would be better to do your body a favor by drinking eight glasses of water a day. That number would certainly increase if you exercise a lot.
Eat a Nice Combination of Carbs and Protein
There is a long list of what to eat after long-distance running. When you lost that much weight, you know you will be in the mood for anything that would fill up your tummy. Some nice things to eat would be banana, chocolate milk, and peanut butter bagel. Remember to not eat too fast no matter how hungry you are or you won’t be doing your digestive system any favors. Yes, a well-balanced meal would be the right thing to make your tummy feel great.
Do Stretching for 15 Minutes
It would not be enough to stretch your muscles that got worked out for only a couple of minutes. In fact, the entire stretching routine should last for at least 15 to 20 minutes. Your bones will thank you because you gave it a relief after making it work that much. Long-distance running stretched your thigh, arms, and leg muscles. Hence, better do stretching in those parts. This is one time when you must never hurry because you know you would want to make your bones happy.
Get a Massage
Tell the masseuse what part of your body is aching and the person will already know what to do. Of course, don’t forget to tell here whether you like the massage real rough or the person should just go soft on you. Whatever the case, you know you are going to be so relaxed that you will forget where you are. There is even a possibility that you will fall asleep in the middle of the massage.
Long Distance Running has become popular lately but only join a marathon if you have done enough practice. For example, try running short distance running first so your feet would get used to all that exercise. After a few kilometers, you can do long-distance running without any other runners. Hence, you are going to be ready when the actual marathon happens.
Jennifer Sayer is a fitness trainer. She sees running as part of her lifestyle and joins every race as much as possible. She also arranged running events once in a while be it for charity or fun.