These days, I have to be sure to take care of my body after I run. I want to avoid injury as best I can, but I think it's actually more mental at this point. I am hyper-aware of every ache and I'm paranoid I'm going to get injured again, even though the chance of having a recurrence of compartment syndrome is very slim. My biggest fear is that the pain will return and it'll turn out I didn't have CS after all. So, to get some peace of mind, my post-run regimen has changed.
Before, I'd finish a run, do a couple half-assed stretches, and hop in the shower.
Not anymore. This is what post-run self care looks like now.
1. Calf stretches immediately after my run is done, before even getting home. 30 seconds on each calf, 3x each.
|I usually do these on a curb after a five-minute cool-down.|
5. If I'm feeling like maybe I did a little too much and my calves are sore, I'll do some towel stretches:
|My PT recommended these stretches and they're awesome because they can be done in front of the TV.|
I am committed to being a more well-rounded athlete to support my running this time around, and this post-run regimen is part of that!