My shins are feeling better, but I still feel a little calf tightness here and then, so I want to make sure to make it to my marathon without an injury. After running 20 miles and doing leg strength work yesterday, I decided to call it a cross training day today. My legs are a little sore from yesterday. I’m sure that some of it is from my long run, but mostly, I think doing leg work that I wasn’t accustomed to contributed the most to the soreness.
I’m always a little unsure of how much to push when I feel sore. One rule of thumb is that if the soreness will change your gait, it’s probably a good idea not to run (I don’t feel that sore but I don’t want to risk hurting my shins). A recovery run or cross training can be a great way to increase blood flow and promote recovery, but too hard of a workout will just create more damage and delay recovery. I got in just the right amount of burn and sweat on the stairclimber today to count it as a solid session without compromising my recovery. Here’s a good article with tips to reduce soreness and keep stay healthy.
What are your favorite tricks to recover from hard effort runs?