Running Coach Gary Cohen's Tips - Cooling Off After Running


Uploaded by GaryCohenRunning on 20.08.2009

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Lots of runners
think that after a run
a nice hot tub
or jacuzzi bath
will revitalize them.
Actually, what you need
is the opposite.
You need to cool off
in a spring
or an ice bath
for two reasons.
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The first reason to cool off
is because
muscles, joints,
ligaments, and tendons
may be inflamed.
Often
you won't find out
until the next day
what is sore.
If you cool off,
everything
will cool down
and inflamation
will be reduced.
The second reason
is to bring your
core body temperature
down.
Especially after runs
in the summer
when it's
really, really hot
and humid.
Your body temperature
goes up from that 98.6
to 100
or 101.
Cool off and
bring it down
and you'll recover
much more quickly.
Ice baths are better
than an ice pack
for two reasons
First, they target all
your muscles rather than
one specific muscle.
And second,
they target all the way
deep into the
belly of the muscle
rather than
just on the surface.
Another way
people try to reduce
inflamation
is by taking
ibuprofen or
other pain relievers.
These can just
mask soreness.
While an ice bath
can prevent soreness
and reduce injuries.
For recovery
after a long run,
intense training session,
or race,
nothing is better
than an ice bath
to
reduce soreness,
decrease your body temperature
and minimize injuries.
This is how I wash my shoes
after 10 miles of dirt and sweat.
I just jump in the water with them
and let them dry in sun!
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