Now it is time to dial it back and focus on recovery before you jump on to your next challenge. See our recovery guideline below and enjoy putting your feet up.
1. Keep active
Even though we said, rest up, it is actually best to keep moving, but just at a lower level. Walking and low-impact exercise is perfect post-race. Take it easy, but keeping yourself moving will not only prevent stiffness in your legs, it will help you to mentally recover from race day.
2. Stay hydrated
Even though racing and training has ended, hydration doesn’t stop here. Keep hydrated post-race as you will still be catching up. Hydration will prevent fatigue and promote recovery.
3. Eat well
Focus on having carb and protein heavy meals the day after the race. Your body will need the nutrients to kick start its recovery! Make sure you take the time to plan your meals accordingly and eat well for your recovery process!
4. Sleep lots!
Sleep has never been so important as it will be post-race. This week, aim to get at least 8 hours per night, sometimes more if you need it! Sleep will kick start your recovery and you will feel better for it. Mental and physical health will benefit from those extra hours in bed.
5. Motivation for the next race
If you are feeling the post-race blues, it may be worth looking out for races later in the year, whilst you have the extra time to plan! It may help you keep your mind distracted after months of hard work.
Greg Searle is a four time Olympian, gold medalist, a member of team GB for London 2012 and supporter of charity Access Sport!
Greg recently joined us at an event at the Olympic park in London and before it sat down with RunThrough TV host Ben Sheppard to recount some of his incredible memories of not only London 2012 but throughout his twenty year Olympic career in which he also bagged himself a GOLD MEDAL!
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VIDEOS, PODCASTS & PLAYLISTS
Catch up on what the RunThrough Community has been up to with another RunThrough Chat episode with number 152 with Emma and Abby – HERE.
Our very own Matt Wood and Head Coach of New Levels Coaching, Lewis Moses, talk all things running to help inspire, influence and educate on the thing we love the most. – LISTEN HERE.
Our very own Lucy Harfield has started her own podcast – Pinch of Positivity. The podcast hopes to keep it real, talks straight and offer a fresh perspective on how to find the bright side of life – LISTEN HERE.
You can also find the next RunThrough Running Playlist on Spotify HERE.
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