By: Coach Mark Alfaro, USAT-1, CPT
Recovery is probably the last thing athletes think about in their training program. Some athletes and their coaches don’t even really talk about it unless the athlete starts showing patterns of chronic fatigue or injury. GREAT coaches monitor their athletes sleeping patterns and schedule regular recovery days in their athlete’s programs.
Deena Kastor, the US women's record holder in the marathon gets 10 hours of sleep per night and 2 naps during the day!
You can wear all the compression tights and take all the different recovery concoctions in the world but without getting the adequate amount of sleep, your body will not be able to heal itself. During deep sleep, the body produces HGH (human growth hormone) which is produced by the pituitary gland and is critical in tissue repair.
Want to be a better, stronger, faster and happier runner? Get some sleep!!!
Tips for a better night’s sleep:
1. Don’t have anything to eat or drink before going to bed (specially alcohol or caffeine)
2. Sleep in a cool room, who likes to sleep in a hot room?
3. Sleep at the same time every night to establish a good routine.
Can’t get it all in at night? Take a nap (because no one likes a cranky runner!)