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AUTO REPAIR

POST-RUN STRETCHING MAY BE A CHORE, BUT ACCORDING TO RECENT RESEARCH IT’S ONLY ONE OF MANY TECHNIQUES WE SHOULD BE DOING TO ENSURE WE RECOVER FULLY FROM OUR ENDEAVORS

For the most part fitness does not increase during your workouts – it increases at rest, through the post workout recovery process.” So says Matt Fitzgerald, endurance coach, nutritionist and author of The Endurance Diet (Da Capo Lifelong). “If you don’t manage your recovery properly, your body simply won’t benefit as much as it should do from all of that hard work you put in out on the roads.”

How you manage your post-exercise recovery impacts upon your body’s myriad internal muscle-repairing mechanisms and energy-restoring processes.

“Adequate recovery is perhaps the most important phase of training and without it the body is not able to adapt fully,” says Dr Steve Faulkner, marathon runner and sports scientist at Loughborough University. “Failure to recover fully and enable the adaptation process to take place can, in the long term, leave you at greater risk of injury, illness or even chronic fatigue. The first step is to complete an adequate warmdown, particularly after a race or hard session. This should be 10-20 minutes of easy jogging – enough to maintain blood flow by keeping the muscles active.”

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By the time you read this, the spring race season will be well and truly underway and those of you who have trained for a specific event will hopefully have seen the fruits of your labours in PBs and long-held goals achieved. Once you’ve completed a big event it’s understandable to want to take a few days off before running again. But sometimes those days can become weeks, the weeks months, and before you know it you’re no longer on talking terms with your trainers. To stop that from happening, we take a look at the opportunities open to runners who find themselves with all the fitness but not the focus. One obvious path is to take your running abroad. As any seasoned traveller will tell you, the best way to explore a location is by foot and that certainly proved to be the case for our writer, Simon, who decided to combine his passion for running with a life-long ambition to visit Cuba (page 34). If you fancy something closer to home you can utilise the very powerful bit of tech on your wrist to create some new training goals (page 48), or follow our expert advice on how to make the move from tarmac to trail (page 23). Or, if you’re already au fait with off-road, why not take a leaf out of Kilian Jornet’s book and run up Mount Everest (page 54)? For more inspiration on what to do with your current peak condition head over to mensrunning.co.uk and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
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