You probably know about lactic acid after a run. It builds up in your muscles during a work out and will increase soreness. As your muscles get more toned, the lesser acid and lesser pain. I use "The Stick" (google it) to rub out that acid in my muscles. You can also use a foam roller. (You can buy them in Walmart.) I also insure I'm properly hydrated, before, during, and after my run..
I've also spoken with advanced runners on stretching recently at my latest Half Marathon. They will do a brief warm up of 5 to 10 minutes.(essential)THEN do a light stretch accenting on the legs. They will repeat that normal routine after their run.Insure that 64 oz a day!
Any concerns or iff the pain increases too much, I always see a sports therapist or doctor for consultation. IMHO, working through the pain is one thing but don't risk permanent damage. We all want to race another day!
Monty, Team Leader
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