Rather than slipping into your comfy flannel PJs the night after a marathon, squeeze yourself into your compression gear.
We’ve already raved about the positive effects of running in compression tights and socks. I’d already tried out both as recovery tools the day after a long run. Then, after this year’s Chicago Marathon, I found myself excruciatingly sore from hip to toe. Following a few post-race beers, I got to thinking. “What if I just SLEPT in my compression socks and tights? Is that crazy?!?” So I did it — and the results were magical.
Often when I’m really sore, I can’t even get comfortable enough to sleep, and if and when I do finally fall asleep, the slightest movement can jolt me awake with shooting pain. Not with those babies on. The tights and socks kept the swelling down and the blood flowing, even as I laid comatose after an incredibly physically and mentally exhausting day.
In the morning, I swung my legs out of bed with relative ease, and I kept those suckers on the rest of the morning. By afternoon, I was moving well enough to walk to the salon for a much-deserved pedicure. Success.
I think I’ve found a new post-race ritual. — Mags