Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Recovery Techniques and GIVEAWAY!


Can you believe we are a little over a month away from the Pittsburgh Marathon? I know I can't. Mileage has been picking up and peak week will be here soon. Your muscles must be starting to tighten and aches and pains are starting to creep up. So, let's talk about recovery and how you can aid your recovery efforts.



1. Foam Rolling - I talked about this a little bit ago (you can find it here) but foam rolling is really the best way to help get the kinks out on your own. You can focus on the areas that really need the help and use the pressure you know you need.



2. Massage - You should plan to get a massage about two weeks before race day. Your muscles deserve it! Different pressure points can be released through massage and it is really a nice treat for all of your hard work. You can even use a handheld massager if you need. I got one in a StrideBox a few months ago and I use it all the time!

3. Epson Salt - Yes, an Epson Salt bath is one of the best ways to help recover after a hard workout. I am not one to take a whole Epson Salt bath, but I do use it to soak my feet every so often. It helps with my nails and random bad runner feet. If you have ever tried it, I recommend it.

4. Ice Bath - So many people have talked about it, but you have never done it. It sucks, but helps. Again, I can't do a full ice bath, but I will ice my feet in a soak. I can usually make it about five minutes and feel like a champ!

5. Yoga - There are so many different yoga exercises for recovery. It is nice to sometimes just taking a second for yourself and find your center. This one from Runners World is one that I really like to use.


6. Compression Socks - When I am done after a long run I take off my compression socks I ran in, shower and then put a fresh pair of compression socks on. I am a PRO Compression ambassador and I honestly love their socks. I have tried tons of pairs, but with my chicken legs, these fit the best. The socks help circulation and keep everything tight. I have even been known to grab a pair in the middle of the night if I get a charlie horse!

The wings are my current favorites next to the jailbreaks.

Since I want you to be set up for the miles to come, I am giving away a pair of PRO Compression socks to one lucky winner! All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below! The giveaway starts March 29, 2017 at midnight eastern and will end April 2, 2017 at 11:59pm eastern.

You can also use promo code PRO17 for 40% off your order for PRO Compression! I recommend the low trainers as well. A nice padded low sock that I wear everyday!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Remember, online registration for Pittsburgh Marathon weekend closes April 9, 2017 at 11:59. You can save $10 on half or full marathon registration by using promo code RUBEL17.


What is your favorite way to recovery from a long running week? 

38 comments:

  1. You know I love my Pro socks! And I do love/hate the foam roller!

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  2. I love My Pro socks

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  3. Love my Pro Socks! Just ordered the Boston Strong and several others

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  4. I think the next ones up are the Boston socks... Hopefully for my 2018 run!

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  5. I love the Pro Compression socks - I need another colorful pair :)

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  6. Recovery is SO important. These are all great tips so thanks so much for sharing :)
    Compression socks are always part of my recovery routine. If I won the giveaway, I would pick the grey wings or darkside

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    1. I've had my eye on the darkside socks as well.

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  7. I would choose the MARATHON, BLACK WITH NEON DOTS.

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    1. I have the calf sleeve version. Super fun!

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  8. Looks like Marathon, Black with neon dots might be my choice.

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  9. I have been wanting to try the Marathon Elites. I love extra cushion

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  10. I'd go with white or purple!

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  11. I would LOVE the Marathon Derby Argyle over the calf socks!

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    1. I actually don't own those! They are so fun.

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  12. I'd have to go with the Orange Boom! :)

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    1. I have the calf sleeves of them. So many compliments!

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  13. I like the diamond ones!
    Kate

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  14. PRO Compression has some awesome colors! I'd either go with the Black Classic Stripe or the Dark Side. Thanks!!

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  15. Marathon, Black with Neon Dots

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  16. I like the black, classic stripe

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  17. Not only am I a runner but I am a nurse so these compression socks would save my legs for sure. My favorite are the Marathon Sundae or the Pink Camo. Thanks!

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  18. I like the neon green and the CALF SLEEVES, NEON GREEN. thank you for the review and giveaway.

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  19. I would love to try the Marathon Elite, Neon Blue - thanks!

    kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

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  20. I really want to rock the dark side procompression socks. I love my procompression socks during and after my long, tough runs.

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  21. If I won, I would love to have the Marathon Elite, Pink.

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  22. I would love some purple or blue!

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