Tips from the Physio

Training for a marathon or running event, Angela Sells from asphysiotherapy, who has worked as physiotherapist to England Women’s Rugby 7’s teams, Gloucester and Hartpury RFC brings you her 10 top tips on:

How best to recover from long distance or marathon runs?

Key Principles:

  1. Rebuild
  2. Replenish
  3. Rehydrate

The 10 top tips to help achieve these principles:

  1. Hydrate
    Look to hydrate gradually within 10-15 minutes of the run, an electrolyte solution is good to support rehydration.

  2. Re-fuelling
    Eat a small meal or snack, aim to eat this within 25-30 minutes after a run. Try to eat a higher ratio of carbohydrate to protein 4/3:1.

  3. Stretch
    Stretch within 25-30 minutes or as soon as possible for 5-10 minutes at least, if you can.

  1. Cold and compression
    The use of an ice bath or cold shower (lower limbs) for 5 minutes if available. Special attention to the feet which would benefit from cold treatment. If you have any compression garments or socks use them post run after cold treatment.

  2. Eat a decent size healthy meal.

  3. Rest
    If you can rest! Take a nap or put your feet up if possible.

  4. Massage
    At least 2 hours after a run or the next day try to get a massage to help the legs recover. Gentle foam rolling will help if this is not an option.

  5. Take a bath and stretch further afterwards.

  6. Sleep
    Get a good nights sleep and rest, try to aim for at least 8 hours.

  7. Training
    Recover with cross training, off feet such as a bike or swimming session will help. A gentle short recovery run when you feel up to it.


I cannot thank Angela enough for her advice and treatment with all my injures over the years.

Victoria Hall



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