Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Wise Words on Wednesday

I made it home this morning after work at about 8 am and I was feeling rather thrilled to go to bed. There's something about working the night shift that one never gets used to. Either way, I enjoy it. There's a lot of interesting things to see at night when patrolling the streets of Broward County.
Anyway, I woke up at about 2:30 pm and went on a 12 mile easy run. See below =)

It was a nice and smooth run since the humidity was kind of low (very weird for South Florida!).

Today I wanted to remind you guys about the Three C's of Long-Run Recovery (I think I'm teaching myself something here!):

1. CHOW (I'm not talking about Mr. Chow): There's usually a 15 to 20 minute window when one should fuel immediately after a run because the body is efficiently absorbing glycogen. I'm talking about carbs such as, a sports drink, a banana, or anything that has a good amount of carbohydrates.

2. CHUG (Not beer!): No matter what your pace was during the long run, your body is still dehydrated. Drink plenty of fluids such as water and/or water with electrolytes. Drink one quart of fluid for every half-hour of running and that should do the job!

3. CHILL (Not just chillaxing, but actually chilling w/ cold water): Take a cold bath after a long run. Cold water constricts blood vessels and muscle tissue and prevents blood from pooling in your legs. You could also take an ice bath. It would also help to stretch and to massage your legs.

Those were my words of wisdom for today.

What do you do after a long run?

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