There's nothing better than finishing a race.
After you've caught your breath and you're able to walk again :), it's time for the cooldown. This is just simply jogging for about 10 minutes or less. It might be good to stretch also, if you feel your legs cramping up which happens mostly in the cold weather.
NUTRITION: Eating the right foods and drinking enough fluids is important for adequate recovery after a race. Make sure you replenish the fluids you lost while racing. If it's hot, youíll need more to drink than if itís cold. Also the length of the race depends on the amount you need. Foods that will get into your system quickly and replace the lost glycogen and carbohydrates are good to eat after a race too. Examples of these foods are bread, raisins, bagels. Including protein in meals after races will replenish glycogen more quickly. Cereal and milk or chicken and rice are good things to eat.
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Last updated: 8/15/1996