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How To Nurse Your Muscles Back To Health After Running A Marathon

Some of you are probably still aching after running the London Marathon last weekend. Here are some tips that might well aid your recovery.

Most of you reading this will know all too well about the pains that go hand in hand with exercise. It is something pretty much all of us want to do, it's just getting the motivation to do it. For some of us, it's as simple as wanting to lose weight or feel healthier and then just getting on with it. Others need a bigger and better reason or even a cause to get them going.

For a lot of people, that's what leads them to run for charity. This past weekend, the London Marathon took place. A grueling 26.2-mile race through the streets of England's capital. If you ran in that race on Sunday, chances are you are still feeling it now. If so, here are a few ways you can ease your pain courtesy of Metro and strength and conditioning coach, James Harrison.

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Most importantly, stay hydrated. Just because the race is over doesn't mean you can stop topping up on water. Harrison recommends drinking 500ml within the first 30 minutes of finishing the marathon. Many people are tempted to go out and have an alcoholic beverage or two afterward to celebrate. That's probably not the best idea.

After a strict diet in the build to a marathon, it can also be tempting to indulge in something extremely unhealthy directly after. That is also a bad idea if you want to feel good in the following days. Definitely eat soon after the race, but try to make it something small. No more than 300 calories and a snack that will replenish both your protein and carbohydrates.

In the days that follow, finding a balance when it comes to exercise is extremely important. Some won't want to think about exercising for weeks whereas others will try to run through the pain. The solution lies somewhere between those two. Try to stick to walking and stretching for the first few days after the marathon. Let your body dictate when it is ready for you to start running long distances again in the weeks that follow.

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