When I started picking up my teaching classes, and adding in a lot more Plyometrics, my legs weren’t really having it. My legs felt like lead during my runs, and my shin splints returned. What began in high school during track have never left me, making jumping hurt a bit more on the days following. Between shin splints, teaching, and running, my legs are toast by the end of the week (I secretly love it; I’m a weirdo.)
It all works out in the end, and with a little rest, I’m back to normal, or as normal as my legs get before repeating all again the next week! There are a couple ways I like to recover from my workouts and make sure my legs feel their best.
Stretch them after you are done:
Stretching can be really overlooked. I have realized from teaching and knowing I need to stretch with the class how much better my legs are! Instead of feeling tight the day after, they are much looser and ready to get moving.
Find proper fitting shoes:
I ended up having to go buy new shoes for my classes with a lot of jumping. My arches weren’t feeling the support they needed in my old shoes, and thus placing more pressure on my legs. Don’t be afraid to have multiple shoes! You don’t want to use the same shoes you run in to workout in. Make sure you switch off.
Stay off of them:
I know, this is crazy as you need your legs! However, I like to take a bit of a rest after a long run to make sure my legs get a break. I have found that if I add a day of working, walking a lot, or another workout, my legs don’t have enough time to recover. By relaxing for just an hour or two and staying off of them, or as much as you can, my legs are happier!
Bonus if you are snuggling with the cutest kitten around!
Grab some ice:
There are days when I have done more squats than I ever wanted, and the lunges have made my legs burn. The legs are toast, and aching, and grabbing a bag of ice, or my favorite- a bag of frozen corn- to place on any sore part of my leg (namely my shins) is the best feeling. You don’t want to injure yourself because you neglected taking care of yourself.
Recover with Compression Socks:
I was recently given the opportunity to try out Swiftwick Aspire 12 inch Compression socks. Though I prefer not to run in compression socks, I love using them to help my legs! I slip them on after my runs all the time. They are the perfect compliment to recovering. I can honestly feel a huge difference after wearing them.
In fact, once I got them, I had just gotten home from teaching my Interval Sculpt class where my shin splints had made a full on return, but had to try them on. I wore them around the house for about 2 hours before taking them off and noticed my shin splints weren’t there anymore! I have repeatedly worn them days after I do runs with downhills (triggers shin splints) and after teaching. My legs have really felt recovered after wearing them.
One aspect I really like about these are that they go up to my knees, and they hit the perfect spot. I have tried others that go up past my knee or there is a bunched portion on the top of my leg, leaving an imprint and hurting my legs.
You know what else had an impact on me? I wore these in the summer, but they were light enough that I didn’t feel like they were weighing me down. They also have no toe seam! That’s right; that annoying seam that always bunches up and gives me blisters is no more! Everyone can agree about the terrible toe seams in socks, right?!
Lucky for you, I was given the opportunity to give away a pair of Aspire socks! You will have your choice of the height of them, whether you prefer low socks or high socks. They come in heights of 0, 1, 2, 4, 7, or 12 inches! You will also have the option to choose the color! Enter below for your chance to win.