Winter Running is not easy! Between stalking the weather apps, trying to figure out how many layers to wear and what to eat, winter running can be quite stressful. Then, once you’ve gone out and had your epic run, it’s time to figure out winter running recovery tips. Read on to see how to recover after a cold winter run.
Winter Running Recovery Tips
We have had quite the winter this year. Dealing with snow, ice, freezing rain and polar vortex temps can wreak havoc on a runner’s body. I have been forced to come up with my own strategies for winter running recovery. Do these happen after every run? Absolutely not however, I do know that I recover a heck of a lot faster when I do adhere to them.
Ditch the clothes
As soon as I head in from my cold weather run, I immediately take off the sweaty clothes. If I don’t remove them immediately, I start to shiver from the sweat and it’s pretty hard to warm up the rest of the day. I also take in some room temperature water.
I have read over and over again that there is this magic 30 minute window to refuel and rehydrate after exercise. I never feel like eating right after running so I drink milk with some chocolate protein powder or a yogurt. A quick small burst of a protein and carbs.
Hot shower or bath
I head straight to the shower to warm back up my body temperature and muscles. On weekends, I revel in the extra time of soaking in an epsom salt bath. Does wonders for sore muscles.
Stretch and Roll
Once my muscles are warmed up, I am ready to stretch and roll. Doing just 5-10 minutes of stretching and rolling makes all the difference. Check out these 7 stretches from Runner’s World you can do in under 10 minutes. Next, I do a quick foam roll and or massage with one of my various torture devices.
Do all of these Winter Recovery Tips happen after every single run? Absolutely not. I do know that I feel a heck of a lot better when they do. Tell me, what are your best winter recovery tips?