I Get Sore When I Run: Preventing DOMS & Sore Muscles After Running
I Get Sore When I Run
Me too, it’s called working out and getting your body in better shape! When you start out a new physical activity, whether it’s running or other sports, your body is going to start engaging muscles that you haven’t used in a while, or ever! Soreness and aches are normal, stretching will help, but you will be sore. Why do I get sore after running the next morning? It happens to me and it happens to everyone. Getting sore after running the next day is due to something called DOMS – Delay Onset of Muscle Soreness and it generally happens within 12 to 48 hours of high levels of activity.
What are symptoms of DOMS?
- Typically, you will experience stiff and tight muscles, light fatigue, weakness in your muscles and muscle pain.
- The most common trigger of eccentric contraction is over usage of a muscle, and you will notice tightness.
What can you do to reduce DOMS?
- DOMS result of over usage of muscles or intense exercise, you simply have muscles that are being overworked and now they need to recover.
- You can stretch more to prevent the affects of DOMS, but you will still likely feel sore the next day.
How can you prevent DOMS?
- Preventing DOMS can be done by making sure that you warm up and stretch, even the muscles that you can’t see!
- You should also consider taking pre-workout supplements as a way to ensure that your muscles receive energy and the ability to regenerate quickly!
How can I treat DOMS?
- Rest and a hot bath will give your muscles a way to relax and start recovering.
- A massage will help too – and no, not a nice relaxing massage – get a sports massage. It will hurt. It’s not a Message Envy style massage where they rub your body and lightly massage your muscles.
- A Sports massage is meant to dig deep in your muscles and break up tissues that are tight and causing pain.
If all else fails, take some ibuprofen.