Post Marathon Care

By Emma Smith

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After pounding the streets for 26.2 miles, you'll need to make sure you take seriously good care of your weary limbs.
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We asked Lee Mullins, personal trainer at Bodyism for his failsafe tips on recovery:

Tip 1:
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Make sure you replenish your body's lost fuel as soon as you finish with a clean, high quality protein shake such as body complete, £60, by Bodyism. This will provide you with essential amino acids to help repair the body following the gruelling pressure that running a marathon will put on you.

Tip 2:
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Load up on a good quality fish oil such as omega brilliance, £40, by Bodyism. The EPA in fish oil is an incredible anti inflammatory and will kick start the recovery process by reducing inflammation in the muscles.
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Tip 3:

Rehydrate, rehydrate. Don't reach for drinks that are packed with sugar like fluorescent sports drinks, but choose a healthy, natural drink, such as coconut water, which provides your body with lots of potassium and electrolytes which help rehydrate cells and reduce cramping.

Tip 4:
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This is absolutely key: perform some regeneration techniques, whether it be stretching, foam rolling, trigger point therapy or a deep tissue massage. All will help release knots in muscles and get lactic acid moving.

Tip 5:
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Take a soothing bath, either a epsom salt bath or try Instant refreshing gel, £27.60, by elemis. Epsom salt baths will give the body a dose of magnesium which will calm the stress the body's been put under.
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Once you've got your recovery in place, its time to sign up to the next challenge. Team ELLE found these exciting races for you to mark in your calender.

The Bath Half Marathon

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