You’d think that I wouldn’t always be so sore after lifting, but somehow it still gets to me. This past week I managed to get in a lot of weights, some running, but not my long run. That’s not good for my training plan, but I also can’t stress over it.
Tuesday – Weights. I asked Faith to go super hard on me. I’d had a really terrible phone encounter that made me late for our session, and I even did an extra circuit. I was SO angry and this workout helped me rid some of the stress. At one point, one of my exercises involved throwing a weighted medicine ball at a wall. I only hit myself in the face 3 or 4 times.
Wednesday – I was so sore from Tuesday. I worked out on the elliptical for 35 minutes during lunch.
Thursday – Weights! We did four circuits of two exercises. Faith had me do a few new-to-me exercises, which I love. I love pushing myself.
Friday – Traveled.
Saturday – 25 minutes on the treadmill.
Sunday – 37 minutes of running outside. It was later in the afternoon, my son was waking from his nap and the time change threw me off. I didn’t have a lot of “run” left in me.
Monday – 25 minutes of running on the treadmill. The fitness center was so crazy hot I couldn’t handle it.
I mentioned Zim’s Max-Freeze last fall in my stocking stuffer (for runners) post. I received a can of it to try out and it helps to relieve sore muscles. I was S-O-R-E from Tuesday’s workout and Thursday left me in even more pain. I was concerned about driving 5 hours on Friday. I didn’t know if I had it in me to sit in the car that long, but thanks to Max-Freeze, it wasn’t terrible. (I still had a little soreness in my legs, but I also don’t stretch like I should.)
A few things I do to avoid, deal with soreness include:
1. Epsom salt bath. Baths are rare for me (showers are so much faster) but they can help.
2. Ice, ice, baby. It’s easy and a cheap solution.
3. Compression socks. I really want to try compression sleeves sometime. Socks are amazing, though.
4. Stretching. It does work and I should do it more.
5. Max-Freeze. This can help especially with the hard-to-reach soreness (hello, shoulders.)
Zim’s has offered to giveaway some of their Max-Freeze – and I’m happy to partner with them on this! Let me know in the comments what you do to reduce soreness after a workout! (You can also connect with them on their website, Twitter and Facebook.) This giveaway will run through next Tuesday and a winner will be contacted within 24 hours. Good luck!
How do you get rid of soreness following a workout?