I have a phenomenal running friend/college classmate (2:39 marathoner) who posted an interesting article on Facebook the other day.
I encourage you to take a look at it. It may change the way you think about your recovery.
In particular, I found the following quotes interesting:
"We’ve become addicted to enhanced recovery, obsessed with erasing as quickly as possible the pain, fatigue, and inflammation that come from a hard workout. But some top scientists and coaches have adopted a new line of thinking: stress is a good thing, because it forces the body to adapt, repair itself, and come back stronger. "
"The roots of the approach go back to 2006, when researchers at Chukyo University in Japan published a small study in which volunteers who took ice baths after training made smaller strength gains than a control group. “It got everyone thinking that maybe too much tubbing can actually inhibit recovery,” says Trent Stellingwerff, a physiologist at the Canadian Sport Centre Pacific in Victoria, British Columbia. And if that was true, what other postworkout remedies might be doing more harm than good?"
(You'll have to read the article to find out! Dum dum dum!!!!!)
NICE!!! I've been feeling a tad guilty about not ice bathing like I *should* (or so I thought) after all of my long runs. Maybe I don't need to! I have also *not* been foam rolling, getting tons of massages and stretching. Still feeling great!
So maybe just maybe, when it comes to recovery techniques....
What about you? Are you a recovery freak or a recovery minimalist?