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Leg Drains? (Read 6392 times)

    My sister's cross country coach has them do something called "leg drains" after their runs. He has them lay on their backs with their legs against a wall, perpendicular to the ground, for about 5 minutes. Then he has them drink a whole bottle of water. He tells them that by doing this they're "draining" the lactic acid from their muscles. The purpose is, supposedly, to prevent your legs from hurting on the next run. Anybody ever heard of this? Does it sound like something that actually works? I have a feeling its more of a psychological thing, but what do you think?
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      I found it feels good after a Half marathon or Full marathon. It doesn't drain the lactic acid from the legs ... it just helps with the venous blood return from your legs. After a long race blood wants to pool in the legs. That gives that heavy, swollen feeling. That's what I know about that ...

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        I've been doing this after my marathons, for about 10 minutes, and it seems to help. This was 1 of the "tricks of the trade" that an ultrarunner gave us at a presentation several months ago.
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          Huh...that sounds cool! I think I may try that after my next race, just to see what it feels like. k

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            It doesn't drain the lactic acid from the legs ... it just helps with the venous blood return from your legs.
            Correcto. And there is not good evidence that lactic acid, per se, does anything bad at all.


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              I now do this regularly after a long run, as I read it in one of my latest purchases - MOST EXCELLENT BOOK "Chi Running". As previously stated it drains away the 'bad' blood and then replaces with fresh blood when you stand up again.

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                  OMG, I have never heard of that before. Confused I'll have to try that after a long run or hil practice. Dead
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                      Hmmm. Interesting. Sounds like it would feel good after a long run. I'll have to try it. I think my feet would benefit from it the most.

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                        We used to do that after longer, more intense practices when I was in HS XC. And yes, they do help to some extent or another.


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                          The lactic acid part of this exercise is bunk, but I agree with the venous blood return thing. Probably just speeding up what happens naturally.
                          And there is not good evidence that lactic acid, per se, does anything bad at all.
                          Quite true. Lactic acid, or lactate, is a byproduct of the breakdown of glucose and glycogen via glycolysis. It builds up in high levels in your bloodstream during exercise as exertion increases, and can actually be used as an energy source, indirectly. The infamous "burn" comes from hydrogen ions, not lactate. When people talk about lactate threshold, or improving your lactate threshold, what is really meant by that is that you want to increase the running velocity at which lactate spills into your bloodstream faster than your body can utilize it.

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