The Science of Recovery (Preview)

RW puts seven recovery techniques under the microscope

Posted: 9 February 2011
by Sam Murphy

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Want to know the formula for running success? It goes: run, recover, repeat. While most of us get the beginning and end bits right, the middle step often gets overlooked.

It's partly because we're short of time, but I suspect there's also the belief that, unless you're running 80 miles a week or churning out sub-2:45 marathons, recovery doesn't really matter. The evidence certainly suggests otherwise.

Sidestepping good recovery practice can leave you more susceptible to aches, pains, colds, infections, fatigue and even injury - not to mention leaving you less than raring to go for your next session. Click through our slideshow to find out what works and why.

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