WINNIPEG – If you ran in the Manitoba Marathon yesterday, you may be feeling it today.
But there are some things you can do to speed up your recovery.
Faye Zachedniak, the program coordinator for the Manitoba Athletic Therapists Association, says most importantly, keep drinking water.
“Definitely keeping up on your fluids and reducing coffee, especially these first few days afterwards, because it is a diuretic,” she said.
If you’ve got a desk job, she says you should make sure you aren’t sitting for long stretches.
“Keep your feet moving, walk around the office a lot more. If you can, have a walking meeting instead of having a seated meeting to keep your legs moving overall,” Zachedniak said.
It is normal to feel aches and pains after a big race, but anything that persists could be problematic.
“You put it all out on the table on event day, and you will feel things that you normally don’t feel, and a lot of it is part of the normal process of recovery. But after roughly that three day mark, if you are feeling those same things, especially within joints, then it is time to seek a therapist and find out if there’s any concern,” she said.
She says the best thing you can do before you start training for your next event – stretching.
“That is something really good to be doing this week and next week, and even possibly the week after post-race, just to gain that flexibility back before you get back into running and training mode again,” she said.