You've just got back from your run and you're feeling great -- your body is pleasantly fatigued, and your endorphins are running high. But before you hit the showers, you need to cool down if you want to properly recover and prevent imbalances. Here's what to do:
Within thirty minutes of finishing your run, refuel your muscles with a recovery drink. I prefer BioSteel's Advanced Recovery Formula, but chocolate milk-- which has the right ratio of glycogen to protein--is great too.
2. Static Stretches
Foam rolling is a great supplement to stretching. Again, focus on the areas you just worked, and aim for ten passes per body part--and don't forget your IT band!