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    Recovering from sprinting

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    How do you handle recovery from sprinting? I sprinted today during my lunch hour. I basically went for a slow jog and then in the middle of it, I ran as fast as I possibly could and counted 20 or 30 breaths before I gave up in exhaustion. I rested, then did it again. Then jogged back to my office. Well, okay, I walked half the way back to my office.

    When I got back to my desk, I was pretty wiped out. It was hard to sit. I couldn't get comfortable. I went walking around campus hoping to feel better and just felt tired and wiped out. I was not hungry before I sprinted but afterward I was totally STARVING.

    What do you do to recover after sprinting?
    Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
    Starting squat: 45lbs. Current squat: 170 x 3. Current Deadlift: 220 x 3

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    Plan to feel weird awhile. I sprint on days when I know I won't need to do too much else.


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    Eat and rest. Up your carbs. I alternate hot/cold on my showers as well. Keep walking later today and especially the next few days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbhikes View Post
    How do you handle recovery from sprinting? I sprinted today during my lunch hour. I basically went for a slow jog and then in the middle of it, I ran as fast as I possibly could and counted 20 or 30 breaths before I gave up in exhaustion. I rested, then did it again. Then jogged back to my office. Well, okay, I walked half the way back to my office.

    When I got back to my desk, I was pretty wiped out. It was hard to sit. I couldn't get comfortable. I went walking around campus hoping to feel better and just felt tired and wiped out. I was not hungry before I sprinted but afterward I was totally STARVING.

    What do you do to recover after sprinting?
    A. Eat.
    B. Sleep.

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    Sprinted today. Came home, ate, took a hot bath with epsom salts, then a cold shower. Rest is definitely key!

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    I find it has to do with helping your body adapt to the new stress of sprinting regularly rather than adding or subtracting carbs. Walking on recovery days helped me heal and prepare for another session immensely. I would highly recommend a daily or every other day several mile walk if you can bear it.

    After the fourth or fifth session sprinting I would still be totally pooped, but in a more targeted muscular way and not so much in an all encompassing ready to nap way you have familiarly described.

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    I wasn't ready to nap. It was more like I just couldn't sit and be comfortable. Legs felt antsy and jelly-like.

    Later I couldn't get to sleep at all. I was hot and had the jimmy legs.
    Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
    Starting squat: 45lbs. Current squat: 170 x 3. Current Deadlift: 220 x 3

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    A foam roller will do wonders as well.

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    I sprint 1-3 times a week and whilst the actual sprinting is still tough (and always will be!) the recovery has been much easier since I've been doing it more regularly. I try to stretch after sprinting, that helps too.

    I also find that sprinting reduces or totally eliminates any feelings of hunger that I may have been feeling. Interesting that you would have had found totally the opposite!

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    In my limited experiance recovery improves vastly as you get used to sprinting. Jelly legs, muscle stiffness the next day, massive hunger - you've probably just used up most of your gylcogen stores so they want to be replensished - were what I used to get after spriting. Now I don't really get any recovery stuff, I can pretty much carry on the day as normal - even contining to fast till lunch time or later if I do them in the morning. I know I'm going harder and faster each week, I'm now doing 8 full out sprints, and the distance I can cover till I'm not running flat out is getting longer, and I'm the pace which is max effort is getting faster in the later sprints, but still doesn't seem to wipe me out like it used too. Hopefully you will get used to it in time and the effect will lessen on the rest of your day.
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