Recovery post marathon is huge. It may be the most important part of the race. I have been pleasantly surprised with how good I’ve felt this past week. Regardless of how I feel, I am not forgetting what my body did for me just a very short while ago.
We always say that preventative measures are better than treatment, right? That is where some precovery comes in. Quite literally, PRE-recovery. What are you doing for yourself now to keep your body happy?
Being the delicate little injury prone flower that I am, precovery and recovery are NOT to be taken lightly. I met Krystle through mutual friends, and got to follow along on her journey to start her beautiful practice in Mill Valley, CA – also known as the land of mountain biking, endurance athletes, and the most beautiful trail running you’ve ever seen.
Krystle specializes in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs. She explained that both improve blood circulation by balancing energy and stimulating the healing process. I went to her on Saturday after my run. She started off by asking me what was hurting. Miraculously, nothing in particular – except my back. My back muscles are something that never hurt when I train. I am hard pressed to do a run or workout of any kind and have a sore back. But put me in a half or full marathon and I will have back tightness for at least two days after. When my shoes were pulled off in the Chicago Marathon, I fell & rolled – so that definitely contributed.
We chatted a little more, and I told her how I had been constantly thirsty since Sunday. Being my typical dramatic self, I believe the phrase I used was, “I’m like dying of thirst all the time.” I also showed her how my forehead has been visited by a mass breakout of acne, which is adorable when you are 28.
She did a kind of assessment and asked me if I get hot at night. The answer was a resounding yes. I wake up most nights at 2am soaked in sweat (despite being freezing cold all day long). Krystle told me that could be helped by balancing out my Yin. All our lives we are creating heat, our runs, work, life responsibilites, constant movement – that is the Yang. If you don’t have the balance of Yin to cool the heat, the constant thirst and night sweats are both common.
Our first treatment was acupuncture. I am not skeezed out by needles in any way, but if you are – these are small and not painful. Krystle and I chatted while she put them in, so I didn’t think about it all. She put them in and I relaxed for 20 minutes. When the 20 minutes were up, I couldn’t believe it. Normally laying still is straight torture for me.
After the acupuncture, she worked on my back. She did cupping, which helps bring the blood to the surface and break up soreness. She also worked on a particular knot in my back that has been there since Chicago and that HURT. For any kind of sports massage, it generally isn’t going to feel super great. That said, the benefits are worth it.
I left feeling super relaxed and recharged. I was very skeptical about both acupuncture and cupping. That said, I think anything that helps unwind my naturally high strung personality is great. My back feels much better and no sweating last night.
I do have the circular bruising you see from cupping. Krystle was so thoughtful & asked if I had any events where I’d be wearing a backless dress. Hahaha yeah right! I’ve worn hot pink KT tape with nude heels before. #runnerstyle