A good number of you will be meeting at Barton Springs tomorrow morning to run anywhere from 10-20+ miles, and we want to make sure you take advantage of the location and it’s chilly offerings! Most of you won’t need much persuasion to jump into the springs after your run (it looks like we’ll be blessed with more record-setting temperatures tomorrow), but for anyone who is planning to jump in your car and take off for the nearest taco stand right away (I saw the poll results!), consider the benefits of a short soak.
Barton Springs isn’t quite cold enough to be called an ‘ice bath,’ but it’s cold enough to be extremely beneficial for everyone. Cold therapy is essential for recovery and to offset the damage done to your muscles during a long run. The cold temperatures cause your blood vessels to constrict, reducing swelling and tissue breakdown. Additionally, once you remove your legs from the cold, blood will quickly rush through your body in an attempt to warm it, flushing out toxins and debris from your muscles in the process.
If you haven’t made a habit of ice bathing (or springs soaking), use tomorrow to try it out and see how quickly and how much more thoroughly you recover.
edited to add: July 11 is FREE SWIM DAY at Barton Springs! Not only can you enjoy the usual free-til-9am perk, you can stay as late as you want and come back later in the day when the heat really kicks in. Enjoy!