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You'll ruin your knees!
""...the truth that someday, you will go for your last run. But not today—today you got to run." - Matt Crownover (after Western States)
I'm running somewhere tomorrow. It's going to be beautiful. I can't wait.
Post Race Recovery...
1) protein within 2 hours of finish (hmmm....burger)
2) If you like, I have had success with Recoverite. It is a recovery drink from Hammer Nutrition.
3) Ice bath...get 2-3 bags of ice put it/cold water in the tub and sit in it for 15-20 minutes as soon as is feasible after your marathon. It really helps keep the soreness at bay the next day.
You don't necessarily have to do all three...I find the ice baths the hardest to do, but the most effective.
Good luck with it..
Abs of Flabs
Yep, ice bath works, the cold pool is great, if that's an option, that is what I do when the pool is cold enough, which isn't all that often here. The ice cubes in the bath tub are a lot of effort, so I only do it when I know I am really going to have some muscle damage that I need to avoid. Also, it takes a little...er, uh, tactical thinking to keep certain things out of the ice, if you know what I mean! I never win the tactical battle and usually just...oh, that's just too much information....
Forgive me for being the only straight forward female in this thread to state teh obvious: I've got to think this ice bath thing does not do much for your post-race sex life?! How many ways can we say, "stack of buttons"?? Hell, I'm a woman & I can't even imagine jumping in an ice bath...of course we women have the advantage of then cutting our way out...
Actually, I could use a little more information. I get how to do this wading into a pool or a (great) lake. How'd you pull if off in a bathtub? (I'd prefer to avoid iced johnson syndrome (IJS)).