So I did the Spartan Sprint on Saturday. It was a blast but my conditioning was just not there. A factor in that might be that I sold a pint of blood within 2 weeks of the race. Apparently it takes 6 weeks for the average person to recover that much. On the other hand, I don’t do a ton of very long distance running on hilly areas. This was up dirt trails and steep paths for long distances. I did better on the obstacles than I thought I would but I kept having to take a knee to catch my breath.
Now it’s Wednesday and I’m still feeling a bit of soreness so I started looking up the best ways to recover from muscle soreness and found a few that are easy to do.
Proper sleep allows your body to heal better. Lack of sleep also results in worse recovery so you need to go to bed on time!
Stretching your muscles after a workout improves circulation, allowing the nutrients to flow over your muscles and hasten the healing.
Staying hydrated also works with your circulation, compounding with the stretching to help you heal quicker.
To keep you healing well, massages also improve circulation and reduce tightness in your muscles (like stretching!).
Overall, I’m not very satisfied with my performance and now I want to train more for longer distances over crazier terrain. Maybe look into a water pack because I was dying of thirst the whole time. I’ll probably be doing more long distance running too, taking on some 5ks this coming year and a half marathon too! It’ll be a blast!
Have fun, furries!