Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Author and Olympian Jeff Galloway ’67 lays out a plan for recovering from a tough race. He advises runners to take walk breaks, wear compression sleeves, soak in a cool tub, and follow other post-race strategies.
“Even if you’ve run twice as far as you’ve ever raced before in your life, you can be back to your normal running routine very quickly by following a few simple steps, before and after your race. By mentally and physically preparing for the morning after, you can reduce the negatives, while emotionally riding the wave of positive momentum from even the toughest of races.
“The Post-Race Letdown: Even with the best preparation, there will be a natural motivational lull after a race. Even the most focused athletes experience a psychological letdown. But by setting a goal, even before the first race, you can shift gears: schedule social runs with friends every month, scenic runs, and fun events.”
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