Doms. Doms. Doms. Doms. DOMMMMMMMMMS.
Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.
You know that soreness you get the day after you do a hard workout? You can blame the DOMS. And that’s not some Italian guy at the docks that will hook you up with mozzarella. Ok, I guess that’s not what you go down to the docks for, but you catch my drift.
DOMS, which is caused from micro tears in the fibers of your muscles that lead to soreness and general inflammation, stiffness, and a reduced range of motion. That’s why when you roll out of bed the next day after a killer parking deck crawl workout (or am I the only one that does that?!), you can barely move without looking like a grandma!
So let’s see how we can zap some DOMS.
Ice Bath! I like to Ice Bath right after a long run. New to ice bathing, check out my tips HERE.
Foam Rolling or the stick. I love, love, love both these tools to help massage out the kinks in my legs and lower back. Need some good tips on how to roll. Check this link with How-To videos from Runner’s World
I like to take in 100-200 calories immediately after my run (usually via a protein shakes) then a larger meal within a few hours (usually right after my ice bath).
Sleep. An old fashioned nap and early bed time seems to help me after long runs or when tacking up my mileage. I have NO issues taking a nap on a Saturday… bring.it.on.
What do you do to help to fight the DOMS?