Project Swole has signed up for a Spartan Race! It will be a 5k spring with multiple obstacles to break up the run. While preparing for this, we’ve been running more than usual, and the wear and tear on the old piggies add up after even just a few runs. Therefore we’ve decided to seek out and publish some of the best tips we can find to help runners protect their feet.
Today we will be sharing 7 solid strategies to help you alleviate the pain and soreness in your feet, and also help to prevent foot injuries that might sideline you from being able to follow your running regimen.
All of these things are important elements and rituals for runners to perform. They all support a healthy, safe, and productive workout where you can push your pace and strengthen your craft. But the rituals you perform after your runs and on your rest days are equally as important as what you do on the road. Active recovery is an essential part of any runners training program. Not only does active recovery give your body and muscles the time it needs to heal and strengthen, but it helps prevent injury.
Depending on your pace, distance, and terrain, running is considered a moderate to high-impact exercise. That’s because running places strain on your feet, ankles, knees, hips, and back. When done correctly, running is a full-body workout that incorporates core strength and upper body stability. Working your body and all its muscles at the same intensity every day isn’t always best. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t exercise at all on your “rest” days”. In fact, you should perform some type of active movement 7 days a week. But knowing which type of exercise to do on your day “off” will help improve your performance the next time you lace up your running shoes.
Though proper nutrition is vital for high energy levels and performance, the right nutrition is also vital for proper recovery.
What you ingest right after a workout determines, for the most part, how you’re going to feel the next day and your enjoyment and performance levels during your upcoming workout.
Proper post workout nutrition helps you replenish energy tanks and rebuild muscle tissue damage. On the other hand, skipping on recovery nutrition will leave you more susceptible to infections, low energy levels, high frequency of aches and pains and a loss of motivation for the training itself.
Therefore, here are some of the best nutrition guidelines that can help you recover faster and become a better athlete as a result.