August 25 2015
How to tell the difference between aches and pains—and when you just need to stop.
These common post-workout errors could put you on the fast track to injury.
Too many runners don’t give themselves a break between intense efforts. It’s crucial to take time off after a difficult workout. Failing to do so will inevitably lead to overtraining, fatigue and injury
John L. Ivy, MD, believes most runners don’t eat enough after finishing a big race. To limit muscle damage and soreness, have a recovery drink or energy bar in the first few minutes after crossing the finish line and eat a high-protein meal two hours afterward.
Post-race happy hours are everywhere and may seem like good idea but drinking alcohol will dehydrate you at a time when your body is thirsting for fluids. “This is counter productive, as it will actually slow the recovery process,” Ivy says.