November 7, 2019

Recovery with Asics FrontRunner Grace Lynch | WeRun

As part of Intersport Elvery’s WeRun we had the pleasure of having Asics Frontrunner and Neuromuscular therapist Grace Lynch bring us through some of her essential tips for recovery. Have a read through below where you’ll be sure to learn a thing or two for when you’re recovering from your next run.

Recovery with Grace Lynch

No matter what level of sport you are at, recovery is a fundamental aspect of training. Without adequate recovery our bodies can not adapt to the stress we apply to it through training and exercise. As a runner, one of the aspects I prioritise during my training week is my recovery strategy.  I know that if I don’t dedicate enough time to recovery, my body will start to feel the stress from the miles and high intensity training sessions I log during the week.

No matter if you are new to the running community or you are an experienced runner facing a season of racing, we all need to take the time and organise our recovery protocol. For me there are certain things I do during my week to keep myself injury free and ready to tackle training. More importantly, I know when I toe the line on race day, I’ve done everything I can to prepare my body and mind and put forward my best performance on race day!

So, what can you do as part of your daily or weekly routine to help you stay on top of your recovery and attain those short and long-term goals you have in your training diary? Here are a few of my top tips to keep you running smoothly this winter season!

  • Daily rituals. 

First off, lets get the simple things nailed down! First thing I do upon waking up is ensure my hydration levels are good to go for the day ahead. Get some room temperature water in after waking up and ease yourself into your day. A good tip I find is to complete 5 mins of mobility. Just some easy flows to wake up the joints and muscles before starting any physical activity. I like to do my run in the morning, so this sets me up perfectly and helps to prevent injuries.

Another good idea is to take note of how your body is feeling each morning and jot it down in your training journal. I jot down energy levels and if I have any niggles or complaints. This can help you to identify patterns or triggers which can aid you in your training plan and maintaining good health and well-being.

  • Physical Therapy and Footwear 

As a Neuromuscular therapist, one of the biggest factors in leading to injury I find both when dealing with clients and my own experience is over-training and a lack of recovery.  Unfortunately, injuries can pop up, but the key is to do everything we can in an effort to prevent and reduce the incidence of injury. If you are new to running, I would recommend going to your physio to see if you have an imbalance which needs to be worked on. From here, your S and C coach can subscribe a simple program to strengthen your weaknesses and make the body more resilient to training and the loading of running lots of miles. Additionally, going to your local Intersport Elverys store with some feedback on your foot type, you can be sure to be recommended the right shoe type for your personal running needs. So, whether your neutral, an over pronator or under pronator, a 5k runner or a marathon junkie, you can be sure to find the right shoe for you! Just pop in store and ask for some help!

  •  Sleep and Nutrition

I think we all know the importance of getting enough sleep and following a well-balanced diet. Add in a working lifestyle and following a training program, these two key elements need to be high on your priority list. The one thing I find goes hand in hand with sleep and nutrition is being organized. I usually dedicate my rest day or my Sunday evening to planning out my week. Once I know how my schedule looks, I can ensure to prepare my food for busy days of work and training. It can make a huge difference to your training sessions when you have fuelled up properly, so get yourself organised and you’ll be feeling confident that your training won’t be affected by a busy lifestyle. I always pack some extra snacks for post workout nutrition, just in case! Fail to prepare, prepare to fail!

  • Rest days

Finally, Rest days are not only vital for physical recovery, but also for mental recovery. If you are training hard to achieve your goals, sometimes it can be easy for training to become monotonous. Enjoyment is key when it comes to running and rest days are essential in providing you with time away from running to refresh your body and mind. This helps the recovery process but also keeps you motivated and driven, especially during hard training blocks. I usually try to plan something I enjoy for my rest day, like meeting friends for a catch up and coffee. After all, life is to be enjoyed, so make sure you make time for those aspects of life too!

So, I hope these few tips keep you happy and healthy this winter season and keep you on track to achieving those running goals you have!

Check out some of the ASICS GT-2000 8 & Liteshow gear that Grace is sporting HERE