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Cold shower after a long run.
I keep hearing that ice baths or cold showers can really help prevent soreness after hard workouts. I've tended to brush off this advice, because who wants to punish themselves like that?!
But...my friend who ran the 10K with me is NOT a runner, and he ran the whole way. Afterward, he took a cold shower, and he wasn't sore at all in the following days. Of course, this made totally bugged me, because I, the one who'd trained religiously for the race, was a bit sore! So I decided maybe there's something to this cold shower thing after all.
Saturday is my "long run" day, and today's run, while fun, went over some rough terrain, and I knew it was hard on my legs. So I let the cold water beat my legs afterward, and I'm hoping, along with some good stretching, that the shower will prevent me from hating my staircase tomorrow!