Becca Pizzi’s Tips for Recovery and Injury Prevention
As we approach the World Marathon Challenge, one of the longest and most physically challenging races in the world, we wonder how some of these participants prepare themselves. In the case of our Ambassador, Becca Pizzi, who is seeking to become the first American female to finish the race, the key lies in proper training, recovery and injury prevention. We already gave you her training tips in our previous blog, but we’re writing this post to provide a fun fact about Becca; she has never suffered a running injury.
Keep in mind, this is the same runner who has completed dozens of marathons and is going to run 7 more in just one week. How does she do it? Turns out, all you have to do is take the proper precautions and an incredible dedication to her training.
Tip #1: Listen to Your Body
After any substantial run, you should always take a good amount of time to cool down and perform post-run stretches. Keeping your muscles loose is key to recovering quickly and preventing injury. Becca also recommends you monitor other factors as well: “make sure you are getting enough sleep, that you are hydrating daily, and eating a healthy balance of foods. If your diet is poor, your immune system can be compromised, which results in injury.”
When it comes to recovery, Becca finds the ice + compression that Dr. Cool wraps provide to be incredibly helpful. In fact, she uses them after all her long runs to ensure her muscles recover quickly.
Tip #2: RICE and Other Best Practices
One thing you definitely do not want to do is over train, or push your limits too far. It can be easy for people training for long races like marathons to do this without even realizing it, and injuries can sneak up unexpectedly. If you do get hurt, it is vital for runners to practice the RICE method – rest, ice, compress, elevate. This will ensure your body has the proper time and help it needs to heal. One thing that Becca suggests for avid runners is Dr. Cool ice and compression wraps that work to both chill and compress muscles for recovery. Becca says: “Proper rest is crucial in your training. You cannot become a stronger runner without allowing your body to recover. This is hard to execute; there are so many runners who have a hard time resting and sitting still and never feel like they are doing enough, but trust in your training and you will stay at 100%.”
Tip #3: Use the Right Gear
Sometimes, all you need for injury prevention is the right equipment. Becca stresses the importance of the right running shoes: “Make sure you are in the right sneaker with proper insoles,” she states. “Walk into a local specialty running store and talk to the professional; they are there to help you. They’ll put you on a treadmill, check your cadence, and watch you run to see what kind of stride you have. From there, they’ll fit you with the right running sneaker.” It’s important to know that different running shoes are made for different types of running, from trail running to race running. “Replace your sneakers every 300-500 miles,” Becca offers as final advice. “Use a Sharpie to write on the insoles every 50 miles to help keep track.”
While you may not be training to run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days like Becca, her injury prevention tips for runners apply universally. Listen to your body, use the right gear, and take proper care immediately in the event of an injury or tweak, and you will stay on your feet.
Becca Pizzi begins the World Marathon Challenge on January 23rd. With the help of her three main sponsors, Lyon Waugh Auto Group, Ultima Replenisher, and Dr. Cool, she aims to be the first American female to participate in and finish the epic race. Follow Dr. Cool for updates on her progress!