As runners we push our bodies to the edge of their ability and then wait patiently for them to heal into a slightly stronger machine. In our training we push ourselves to go longer or faster past the level of comfort. So, we deplete our fuel sources and can cause some stress on our muscles.
Taking care of our bodies post run is important, if not the most important thing a runner can do to perform better. By not taking enough time to recover after a long run will not only hinder our performance but can possible cause bigger more serious problems.
You all know I am BIG on recovery after running. I think as runners we need to give our bodies time to restore and recharge. Post run is when our bodies are in most need of care. HYDRATION is highly recommended. You need to keep those muscles moist and moving easily. STRETCHING is a must in my book!!! Doing dynamic or static stretches after a run can make a difference in how sore your legs will feel later on. EAT soon after a run! Your body is screaming for the nutrients and fuel it lost when you ran, restore them immediately!! Especially lots of protein, it helps with muscle recovery.
Another thing I love to do when I am done with a run, (after doing all of the above) is to ICE, ICE,ICE!!!! You all know that I LOVE icing after running, boy does it feel great! Cryotherapy (cold therapy) constricts blood vessels and decreases metabolic activity, which reduces swelling and tissue breakdown. Icing helps reduce swelling and flush out bad metabolic debris from your muscles.
Rest your legs, stay off them, use Ice to reduce selling and ease the soreness and pain,Compress your legs with a sleeve or an ace wrap to engage better blood flow, and lastly Elevate your legs to help the blood flow freely through out your legs.
Using cold therapy has always been my go to solution to an injury or just good ‘ol soreness from a run. If you open my freezer there are tons of different sized, colored, texture ice packs. I have even made my own ice packs for different areas of my legs.
I own several different gel packs but they all harden up and frozen solid, which is great for when I put it on my back, but for shin splints….not so much!
Luckily I have FINALLY found the perfect ice pack for shin splints!!
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I have started using the shin wraps, and the back wrap and I am glad something FINALLY stays in place. I usually would wait until my ice packs would thaw enough to manipulate into the shape I needed to hug my shins and then use an ace wrap to keep them tight, but THERA°PEARL has straps on it to keep it on!
My Scoliosis causes daily pain, and I usually alternate a heating pad and ice pack for the pain. I made my own strap onto the heating pad that doesn’t work =( So I am happy that the THERA°PEARL Back Wrap not only has straps, but I can stick it into the microwave as well. These Pearl wraps have been a very beneficial added bonus to my recovery. I 100% recommend, you all order one for yourselves!!! They have a Facebook page at : http://www.facebook.com/therapearl and twitter: http://twitter.com/therapearl
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