Weird things happen to your body when you run a marathon. Not only will you burn over 2,500 calories but you’ll lose up to 5kg in water weight, and you’ll get temporarily shorter.
Christian Allen, product expert at Runners Need, explains: ‘A combination of carbs and protein within the hour of finishing your race can help aid recovery and top up your electrolyte and glycogen levels.’
And, we wouldn’t recommend a post race pint, as it will just dehydrate your body even more. If you can’t resist, try to drink an equal amount of water – although chugging water isn’t your only source of hydration.
‘Ice your legs as soon as you’re able to after your run. If you’re using ice packs keep them on the affected area for 10 to 20 minutes every few hours for the day or two following the race.’
And if you’re feeling really brave, try an ice bath. ‘Ten minute ice baths can do wonders to ease sore muscles, as it helps pump your blood vessels with fresh oxygenated blood and helps to flush out toxins, like lactic acid which can cause muscles to seize and cramp,’ says Christian.
Their Performance Recovery treatment tackles muscle strain and mental exhaustion, starting with stretching and mobility exercises with a dedicated performance coach
Then there’s a muscle enhancement recovery treatment which aids in releasing the lactic acid that has built up during the race followed by – the best part – a lymphatic drainage massage.
Robbie Leung, director of wellbeing at Pan Pacific says: ‘These treatments showcase the importance of preparation and recovery after a strenuous sporting activity.’
‘When you return to running keep it easy for at least a week,’ says Christian. If you’re feeling tired or fatigued or becoming more susceptible to cold-like symptoms, it’s usually a good indicator that you’re pushing yourself too hard too soon.’