28 Nov '17, 11pm

Looking for some tips to nail your post-race recovery. Give this article a read.

Looking for some tips to nail your post-race recovery. Give this article a read.

Chances are you have a horror story to tell about post-race recovery. It could be from your own experience, from a friend, or even an urban legend about the ultrarunner that couldn’t sleep for eight days. The unifying plot point is that recovery didn’t go as planned, and bad things ensued. “Bad things” is intentionally vague and mysterious, like any good horror-story monster. However, pre- and post-race blood testing allows us to peek under the bed and see what lurks. Based on tests taken by several athletes I coach, here are two main systemic consequences of hard races, and tips for how to make sure they don’t derail your progress. Hormone variations Stress plays a large role in how the body modulates hormone production. Sometimes, that stress can be mental, like a looming work deadline. Other times, it can be physical, like a long race or lack of sleep. Either way, stres...

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