Recovery means much more than what you do - it's also about what you don't do.
For example, many runners think foam rolling or taking an ice bath are effective recovery methods. And if you enjoy them, I won't argue! But what you're not doing is equally important:
If the answer is yes, then it almost doesn't matter what you do for your post workout recovery.
Because the addition of stress - whether physical or mental - derails our best recovery efforts. That's why when I was in college, our track coach was very understanding of poor workout splits during mid-terms. You simply can't perform physically and mentally at a high level for very long.
We previously discussed a hierarchy of injury prevention strategies and how some tactics are far more effective than others. The same is true for recovery strategies.
I want you to understand the best, most productive, and effective ways to recover from your hardest workouts.
And I'm thrilled to present you with today's podcast episode with Ms Christie Aschwanden.
Christie is the lead science writer for FiveThirtyEight and a former health columnist for the Washington Post. She's also a finalist for the National Magazine Award and her work has been featured in Discover, Smithsonian, and O, The Oprah Magazine.
A fellow Coloradan like myself, Christie was a high school state champion in the 1,6000m run, a national collegiate cycling champion, and an elite cross-country skier with Team Rossignol.
She's on the podcast to discuss individual post workout recovery strategies but also the bigger questions:
This episode is an excerpt of my full conversation with Christie for the Team Strength Running group coaching program.