Helen Clare, yoga running coach taking a post run stretch for the hips and hamstrings

The importance of running recovery

And how to do it right

We’ve all been there – we have great intentions of doing our post run cool down but, for one reason or another, it just doesn’t happen!

We don’t always feel like taking the time to stretch straight after a run – we’re tired, hungry, and have a million other things to do.

And yet, if we can find just 10-20 minutes then, or even later on that evening, it can mean the difference between feeling sore and achy, and rested and ready to go the next day.

In today’s episode I share my top tips, for feeling tip top after every run 👌

After you’ve watched let me know in the comments below: do you commit to your post-run recovery? If not, will you start now??!

Happy running,
Helen

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The Running Recovery Video Transcript

Want to recover from your run faster, and feel ready to go the next day? In this episode we’ll look at how important intentional recovery after running is and how we should go about it. Let’s dive in and find out.

Hi, I’m HC, this is the RBY show, helping you to run injury-free and move with more ease and joy.

We’ve all been there – we have great intentions of doing our post run cool down but, for one reason or another, it just doesn’t happen! We don’t always feel like taking the time to stretch straight after a run – we’re tired, hungry, and have a million other things to do. And yet, if we can find just 10-20 minutes then, or even later on that evening, it can mean the difference between feeling sore and achy, and rested and ready to go the next day.

So Here are my top tips, for feeling tip top:

Take a few purposeful poses to stretch the key areas as soon as you can, after your run. That’s hamstrings, hipflexors, TFL, calves, quads in a few poses for 5 slow breaths each. by taking a few static stretches post run, we are relengthening the tissues back closer to normal, undoing the repetitive contractions of the run avoiding a build up of tension and risk or injury.

Check out my quick post run recovery yoga video, linked in the show notes.

Then if you have the time and inclination, later on slow things down with some Yin Yoga. This is when we spend around 3 minutes in each pose! And although that might sound like an eternity, this is valuable time to rest and recover, and you may just do 2 or 3 poses. In yin Go for less sensation, with longer duration. This can release deeper set tension in the tissues and rest the entire nervous system, boosting our immune system.

I have a couple of great yin yoga classes, that I’ll also link to below.

So although it can be tough to muster the energy, if you’re committed to seeing your performance improve, and want to enjoy your sport for longer, I do recommend that you make the right type of stretches a non negotiable extension to your run.

If you’re inspired to start a comprehensive yoga program to support your running, in terms of the whole body conditioning and recovery sessions you need, check out my Get on Track program and start recovering quicker, by following the right type of yoga in your own time at home. Go to runbetterwithyoga.com/got to find out more.

So I hope that was useful and has inspired to you start or commit to more post run recovery yoga! Let me know, over in RBY Community group on facebook, or leave me your thoughts, comments and questions on the blog at rby.com, or on social at @runbetterwithyoga. You’ll find all the links in the show notes.

Here’s to moving with ease and joy – see you next time.

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Helen Clare

Helen Clare, founder of Helen Clare Yoga and Run Better with Yoga, is a trail runner, senior yoga teacher and yoga for athletes coach, living in Cornwall, UK.

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