Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or new to the game, experiencing muscle soreness in the days or hours after a long training run is likely a familiar feeling. You might think soreness is just a part of the training game—and that’s true to a certain extent. While stretching, self-massage and easing up on the pace for recovery runs are important parts of training properly and preventing injury, what you eat throughout your training cycle is important too. You can only help maximize your training (and ultimately, your race performance) by properly refueling to help your muscles recover faster for your next hard workout, rather than continuing to pound the pavement through potential discomfort.

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