Different types of workouts create different types of fatigue. A long, slow training run results in sore muscles and inflammation. A high-intensity track session elicits central nervous system (CNS) fatigue by overloading neuromuscular connections. One makes you feel physically depleted, while the other creates brain fog and lack of alertness.
The most effective recovery modalities for each type of fatigue are also unique. For soreness, stiffness, and inflammation, light movement is typically the best approach. Elevation, compression and myofascial release are also good options. For the CNS fatigue, restorative practices such as mindful breathing, meditation or a flow-based yoga session are in order.
As many runners start their respective taper periods, utilization of both practices can stimulate accelerated recovery and help restore the body to homeostasis prior to event day.