NO RUNNING! — Lesson of the Week #1

February 4th, 2012 in NO RUNNING by 2 Comments


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Welcome to the first NO RUNNING Lesson of the Week. This is the first in a series of lessons on how running is only half of the battle. If you want to get the most out of your hard work, there’s much to learn…so let’s get right to it!

Lesson #1: Recovering from a workout is MORE IMPORTANT than the workout!

This is a fact that most world-class runners know, but most runners do not. It’s true. After beating up your muscles, it’s important to treat them right. People who train hard every day risk forfeiting a reward for their hard work. Worse yet, they often end up injured.

Check out this article.

Until recently, it was unclear whether massage offered medically proven benefits. This is changing, as this article demonstrates. There are many ways to take advantage of this information:

  • Get massages!  Try to get them as soon after your tougher workouts as possible.  DON’T get a massage before your tougher workouts. It’s best to have 24-36 hours between your massage and you next hard workout, especially if your get deep tissue work.
  • If you don’t have the time or budget for massages, you can kill two birds with one stone by working on your troubled areas while taking a hot shower. You’re already in there to get clean, so it’s easy to sneak in a quick stretch or calf massage.

Sound simple, but you’ll be surprised at what a difference it makes. Good luck!


Mark’s Training Secrets: When it comes to training, I’m a hot shower junkie.
I always take a hot shower BEFORE a workout. I will sometimes take TWO before
a race. This way, my muscles are always warm and loose, before I go for the gold!


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Author: Mark


I have recently discovered a quick hot bath before running keeps my hips, lower back, and legs nice and loose!



Smart idea, Stephanie! I’ve needed a few of those since Monday’s race…LOL.



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