Recovery is Crucial

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Recovery, Running, Triathlon | 4 Comments

Recently I completed my second half marathon with a finishing time that I was more than satisfied with. Considering I had not trained near the amount I desired and was primarily focused on finishing the Insanity workout program.

I can’t believe it has been two months since crossing the finish line in Little Rock. I am always blown away by how time intensive training can be for an event and then how quickly time passes following that event you have had circled for months.

Although it has been two months there is one bit of my training and recovery that I still carry with me. This is something I never really considered before LR(probably because of my comfort level) but now I think it is so crucial to my training and recovery. Ice Baths have become addictive following long runs. I know it sounds insane to those who have never done it. But my recovery after 10-12 min in 45 degree water is so much better than anything else I have ever done. Check this article out.

I recommend starting slow. I would usually get in the tub first, start the cold water filling around me, then yes, add the ice. It wasn’t so bad. I also would enjoy a nice hot cup of joe as well as push play on my favorite Pandora mix.

What are your good recovery tips?

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  1. Natalie Brown
    May 7, 2012

    Okay so this isn’t in quite the same context but has to do with recovery. I’m currently trying a new training regime where I only train every other day. It’s really hard to do if exercise is your mental release and you’re addicted to it. I started this plan because I realized the older I get, the more recovery I need. I’ve only been doing this for a couple weeks but so far it seems to work. Not sure how long I can do this for though…it’s harder than it sounds.

    Also, I’ve been drinking cherry juice for a couple weeks…which is supposed to help with recovery but who knows.

  2. Chris Hayes
    May 8, 2012

    Protein, protein, protein, and some creatine thrown in helps a lot.

  3. Nicholas L. Norfolk
    May 9, 2012

    The title speaks volumes. People don’t realize how important it is. Recovery runs are supposed to be easy, but many don’t take it easy. One thing that helps me recover whether it’s a workout or long run is rest. Sleep, or lack there of, is what my next post is going to be about. In addition, I use my foam roller to workout the knots. Thanks for the article.

  4. Travis Owens
    May 11, 2012

    My favorite recovery drink after a long run is milk. If at home I mix in a scoop of whey protein powder.