Proper muscle recovery is essential to prevent running injuries and to help facilitate the healing and building of your muscles. Stronger muscles are built via small tears created during exercise. During the rest and recovery period following a run, your body is working hard to repair these micro damages that have occurred. Further, your body is clearing toxins from these areas and bringing nutrients and cells to help heal these regions. Although our body is very much capable of eventually returning functioning back to normal after exercise, there are certain things you can do that may speed the process along. As most of us know, it is important to hydrate before, during, and after your run, as well as refuel the body with a meal within an hour after your run. What you put in your body counts just as much for your overall health as exercise does. The “you are what you eat” mantra is not entirely far from the truth.