Recovery is an essential part of running, especially for runners who train and run a half marathon.  We put our bodies through months of higher mileage, speed work, strength training, foam rolling, and watching our nutrition, and then push ourselves right to the edge of our physical limit for a half marathon race. Many runners start thinking about their new goals and next race the moment they cross the finish line. However, in order to make the most of our training, runners must emphasise recovery after races. Here are 5 things you can do to help you recover after the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon. 

1. Right After the Race 

So what are the most important things to do right after running a half marathon? Two things: refuel and rehydrate. First, walk 10-15 minutes to cool down and stop sweating. Get electrolytes and calories into your system to jumpstart your recovery. Water should provide plenty of electrolytes but Gatorade will dump even more into your system. Eat something with carbohydrates and protein. Bonus points if you also take in sugar to replenish glycogen. An energy bar usually works well for this. 

2. Few hours after the race 

A few hours after the half marathon race is a perfect time to take a salt bath. This will help your muscles relax and allow you to sleep well during the night. Sleep is our best recovery tool, but often we have trouble for even a few nights post race because the body has so much adrenaline and cortisol shooting through it. If a hot bath still isn’t enough, try consuming a  magnesium drink before bed. 

3. A few days following the race 

Most runners begin to experience soreness a day or two after finishing a half marathon. During this time period, it is important to continue to prioritise stretching. Try stretching when you first wake up and again at the end of the day.

As your muscles begin to recover, completing some simple foam rolling exercise might be of benefit if you find any particularly sore or tight spots. Rest is especially critical during this portion of your half marathon recovery plan, and most runners benefit from taking these first few days completely off from running.

4. The following week 

A lot of runners usually transition back into running with light runs or cross training exercises like cycling, swimming, and hiking. However, we recommend prioritising strength training to help you recover, just not heavy weight lifting. Do bodyweight exercises like pushups, pull-ups, squats, hill climbing, or crunches. 

5. 2 weeks after the race 

You can expect to experience pain in muscles you didn’t know you had 2 weeks after the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon. As you got tired during the marathon, your posture and gait may have adjusted, relying on muscles you don’t normally use much when running or walking. The pain may be delayed and can take up to 2 weeks. 

You may want to schedule a relaxing professional massage for a day or two after the marathon to relieve knots and stiff muscles. Gentle massage is key, you don’t want to further damage muscles that are repairing themselves.

Want to join the best running events in Dubai? Check out the events below: 

Mai Dubai City Half Marathon 

The Mai Dubai City Half Marathon is one of the most popular running events in Dubai. The next Mai Dubai City Half Marathon will be held on the 30th of October 2022. To get more details about the next Mai Dubai City Half Marathon event, follow us at @promosevensports on Instagram! You can now also register for the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon here. 

Mai Dubai Community Run

The Mai Dubai Community Run has just concluded last 26th of March. The event will be held again in November 2022. The Mai Dubai Community Run has 2.5 km, 5km, and 10km races available and it’s a family-friendly event which is great if you want to bring your family with you.

Bloomberg Square Mile Relay 

The Bloomberg Square Mile Relay was held in DIFC last 9th of February 2022. The Bloomberg Square Mile Relay is the only corporate race in the world and anyone can enter as a team of 10 for a great team-building activity.

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