Tagged: recovery

Truth or Myth: Runners Should Elevate Their Legs For Recovery

By Jason Koop, CTS Coaching Director and author of “Training Essentials for Ultrarunning” Raising your legs above your heart used to be post-workout dogma, and even standard practice during downtime at any running practice or workout session. I have no idea how many hours I spent during high school and college lying on my back…

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7 Steps to Recovery After Running 100 Miles

By Jason Koop, CTS Coach and author of “Training Essentials for Ultrarunning” I just returned home from supporting athletes at the 2017 Western States Endurance Run, and I’m tired. I need a recovery week and I didn’t even run the race! Congratulations to everyone who toed the start line, fought through their individual rough patches,…

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Which is More Important: Pre- or Post-Workout Nutrition?

One of the problems I see with modern training is the pursuit of perfection over priority. With the ever-increasing range of products and theories on training, nutrition, recovery and other areas, some athletes get caught up in the minutia of perfecting every nuance of their training life. It becomes overwhelming and you can lose the…

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Why Can’t I Sleep After a Hard Workout or Race?

Here’s a scenario a ton of athletes experience, but few talk about: The night after finishing a big endurance competition or a long and strenuous workout, you lie awake in bed or toss and turn despite being thoroughly exhausted. Your sleeplessness may be compounded by feeling like you are radiating heat or you can feel/hear…

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Interval Training: Knowing When Enough is Enough

  It is crucially important for an athlete to know when enough is enough. And that holds true whether you’re talking about completing one more interval in today’s workout, or deciding whether you need an extra day of recovery after a hard workout or race. I wrote about this in “The Time-Crunched Cyclist “, and…

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Truth or Myth: Are Ice Baths and Antioxidants Great for Recovery?

Over the past two weeks I have used this blog to discuss myths related to post-exercise recovery, including endurance athletes’ over-emphasis on protein supplementation and whether or not elevating your legs will enhance recovery. This week we’re going to talk about two more recovery methods: ice baths and antioxidants. Do Ice Baths Work? For many…

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