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By Erin Klegstad (sweetsweatlife.com)

 

A big focus of my marathon training has been recovery. It obviously should always be a significant part of any training plan, but I’ve made extra time for this build because of my hamstring injury (now I just need to add more strength training into my schedule!). Here’s a look at my favorite ways to recover.


Swimming
It’s such a chore to get to the pool, right?! A 3,000-yard session is easily a two-hour production when you combine drive time, showering, and maybe a little apres swim in the sauna. But gosh, there’s something about being the water – especially the sunshiny outdoor 50m pool – that’s fantastic for recovery. (I swear I heard on a podcast once that the water pressure per square inch on your body is like wearing compression boots?! But I’m probably making that up! Regardless, swimming is excellent recovery.) ...

 


Legs up the wall
First thing I do when I get home from running? Lay down on the dining room floor and put my legs up the wall for 10 minutes or so. It stretches out the hammies, and it’s so restorative – I can feel my heart rate slow almost immediately. And it’s laying on the floor, which is pretty much the only thing I want to do after a long run anyway.   READ MORE

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