Posted on April 2, 2013
Thoughts on running & cooling down
When it comes to running & training I feel like I’ve come a long way over the last few years. But, like everything there’s always room for improvement.
Pre-injury running routine:
- Get dressed.
- Sync Garmin.
- Pound a bottle of Gatorade while hanging out with Bam outside. Or Pookie & Bo back in the day. <3
I can’t see how I got injured. <-please sense my sarcasm.
Here is what my current running routine looks like:
- Drink a cup of Gatorade while I get ready. I usually do this before a long run and I feel a big difference.
- Set my Garmin on the patio to sync while I stretch for about 10 minutes.
- Come home and enjoy a glass of Nuun while I sit in the backyard and watch Bam chase squirrels.
- Recover with Pro Compression sleeves. I dig the sleeves because I can wear flip flops with them.
One thing I can improve on is the post run cool down. I often feel dizzy and/or a little queasy after a run and I just thought it was normal. At least for me. That was until my 10 mile run on Saturday. I over estimated the mileage and ended up walking .25 mile home. I couldn’t believe how much better I felt when I got home.
So I did a little research on the benefits of cooling down after a workout and found a few interesting points.:
- The benefits of cooling down are just as important as warm up period but bring you different benefits than the warm up routine.
- The main purpose of cooling down is to bring your breathing, body temperature and heart rate back to normal slowly.
- During the cool down routine you are allowing the blood to properly redistribute itself to the heart.
- This redistribution helps rid the muscles of lactic acid which can build up around the muscles during an aerobic workout.
- If you stop your aerobic exercise abruptly and do not cool down, the blood can pool up around your muscles in the legs.
- This can cause insufficient blood flow and oxygen to the brain giving you a light headed and dizzy sensation. Dizziness, nausea and feeling worn out are common symptoms of an improper or no cool down period.
Cool down tips from SCB :
- At the end of a run, slow your pace a little every minute. Then walk it out.
- Ice sore muscles
- Foam roll
- Hydrate with an electrolyte
- Drink coffee
In other news:
T-minus 3 days until we head to Pismo Beach for 8 days!! I’ll be running the half marathon on Sunday and then we’ll be spending the rest of the time being lazy, coffee sipping, exploring, beach bums. I’m pretty sure I was born to live a the beach.
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What is your running routine?
How do you cool down after a run or workout?
What are you looking forward to this summer?