How to avoid sore muscles when running

August 8, 2012, 4:50 pm Libby Babet Bondi BUF

Libby Babet from Bondi BUF has some helpful advice to minimise the muscle pain that long distance of running can cause

City to Surf: How to avoid sore muscles
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Don't be one of the thousands with sore muscles after the City 2 Surf! Photo by Getty.

To make sure your muscles aren’t cramping up the day after a long run or big race, follow these quick-recovery tips and get back to your everyday training by Monday (OK, maybe Tuesday).

Kick start the restoration of your muscle glycogen stores for super speedy recovery by:

TIP 1: DRINK WATER

Within 5 minutes of finishing, drink some water or a natural electrolyte drink like coconut water.

TIP 2: CONSUME PROTEIN

Within 15-20 minutes of finishing, consume a recovery drink that contains high quality protein and carbohydrates – stash some protein powder (organic/vegan brown rice protein, or a good quality whey protein is best in our books but use whatever works for you) in your run pouch and mix it with cold water at the end of your race and you’re good to go!

TIP 3: HAVE SOME WHOLE GRAINS

Within 60-90 minutes of finishing, consume some whole grains with fish (your best option!), lean meat, egg, nuts, or another good quality solid protein source and plenty of salad or green veggies.

TIP 4: TIME FOR ANTIOXIDANTS

Antioxidant rich foods are your friend, so anything green or red in colour, or even a good old fashioned apple, is on the menu!

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TIP 5: AVOID INFLAMMATORIES

Avoid anything inflammatory post-race, like processed carbs, sugar and caffeine. Alcohol is definitely in this family too but we know avoiding a beer after the race might be a little too much of a big ask, so if a few bevvies are on the menu, make sure you do a few things to counteract the effect, like these...

TIP 6: DRINK UP!

Before you start swigging from your beer mug, swallow a little milk thistle, drink some beetroot juice, or gulp down some fish oil supplements. Snack on anti-inflammatory foods like cherries, berries, walnuts, flaxseeds and kale… make ‘em into a juice if you need to and then, if you still feel like it, that beer is all yours! Just remember to drink plenty of water alongside it!

TIP 7: STRETCH

7. Oh...and remember to STRETCH after your race. Uber important!

Bondi BUF was founded by Libby Babet and is a collaboration of some of Bondi Beach's top health and fitness trainers, coaches and consultants. Read more from Libby and her team at bondibuf.com, or get in touch for a few sessions at Bottoms Up! Fitness or AGOGA.

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  1. Donati10:39pm Saturday 16th November 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    nice advice.hope it works

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