The City2Surf is the longest race I have run. And this year I really pushed myself hard. That means I need to let my body recover post-race. And let me tell ya….I am sore!
As soon as I got home Sunday night I jumped into a warm tub with lots of epsom salts. I used to always put about 2 tablespoons of salts in my bath until I started having remedial massage. My massage dude said I needed at least 2 cups!!! I realize that is A LOT but I really do think it makes a difference. A little secret I found is that you can buy epsom salts in bulk from farm stores. They are often added to dairy cattle feed so if you are near a rural feed supply store go in and ask for a kilo or two. The total cost….about 2 dollars! Put them into a nice container and add a drop of two of your favourite essential oil to make them fancy if you wish. After the epsom salt bath I rubbed tiger balm into my calves and onto my knees. Love that burny hot/cold feeling!
Monday morning I got up very stiff and sore so I went for a slow 1 mile run to get the blood moving. I had a really good stretch after, focusing on my IT bands (outside of the knee) and piliformis muscles (butt) which I seem to injure very easily. Then tiger balmed again.
Eating well is also important to my recovery. I wanted to make a smoothie and some fresh juice on monday and I needed my coffee too. I looked down to realize I was drinking all three at once haha, talk about liquid breakfast!
- 1/2 ripe avocado
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup milk of your choice (I used almond)
- 1 tablespoon of chia seed
- 5-6 large carrots
- small piece of ginger
- 1 ruby red grapefruit (I squeeze the juice rather than put it through the juicer)
Tuesday Night I went to a new to me yoga class which was more of a workout than I bargained for. The instructor incorporates a lot of pilates as well so my arms and core got a serious workout! I will be back for sure. I felt great afterwards. Tomorrow I am planning a short run and more epsom salts. I am feeling much better already.