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Health Tip: After You Run a Marathon

Health Tip: After You Run a Marathon

05/06/11

(HealthDay News) -- Running 25 miles or more can take a major toll on your body, so it's important to take it easy after you've finished a marathon.

The Cleveland Clinic suggests what to do after you cross the finish line:

  • Continue drinking plenty of water.
  • Eat or drink carbohydrates to replenish what you've used. But don't overdo it, or you may get an upset stomach.
  • Stretch gently and walk for about an hour after the race to help minimize stiffness.
  • Ice any sore areas in 15-minute intervals throughout the rest of the day.
  • Treat yourself to a post-race massage.
  • The week after the marathon, don't run. Walk, bike or swim if you want to exercise.
  • Ease back into running, gradually increasing your distance and speed over time. Don't focus on speed for the first month or strength training for the first two weeks after the race.
  • Take time to rest, recover and heal.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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