There's nothing better than the high of finishing a run and feeling strong, fast, and powerful. But one thing that can quickly knock you down a few pegs is waking up the next morning and experiencing the telltale signs that you pushed your body too far. Making sure to follow good form and adequately stretching before your workout is great for keeping your body feeling limber, but another key towards getting the most out of your exercise regimen is practicing proper recovery techniques.
Whether you’re working to create a sustainable workout routine or simply wish to prioritize muscle recovery (as all runners should!) there are five core habits you should integrate into your post-run routine that will make a world of difference in the longevity of your running career. Yes, even if you aren’t running competitively.