How to Deal With Muscle Soreness After Running

It’s very common for runners to experience muscle soreness or stiffness 24 to 48 hours after running or other types of exercise, especially if you’re new to running or have made an increase in distance or intensity. This delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) will go away on its own after a few days, but here are some tips for dealing with it in the meantime.

Do Some Light Post-Run Stretching

seated hamstring stretch

 

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After your runs, especially hard runs or races, do 10 minutes of static stretching. Focus on your quads, hamstrings, calves, and hips, as well as anything that felt tight during the run.

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