I can’t remember ever feeling as sore as I did after my first run in a decade. When I got out of bed the next morning, I felt like I couldn’t walk. So I limped over to CVS, bought myself a bag of Epsom salt, and soaked in a warm Epsom salt bath for about an hour. In addition to stretching after every run and elevating my legs, I’ve continued to take Epsom salt baths time and time again after runs, even when I don’t feel sore. Epsom salts are known to soothe your muscles and relieve aches and pains, and I’m no scientist, but I can tell you it works for me.
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