"Experts’ Recovery Tips For When The Marathon Party’s All Over" - Fara Rosenzweig
The average temperature in November during the TCS NYC Marathon ranges between the mid-40s and mid-60s (in degrees Fahrenheit). This year, temperatures leading up to race day have been nice for running, averaging in the 60s and 70s all week. But crossing the finish line covered in sweat can take your body from hot to cool immediately. Alexis Colvin, MD, associate professor of sports medicine and orthopaedics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, expressed how important it is to continue moving once you cross the finish line. “Your body needs time to transition, try to walk for at least 10 to 15 minutes, and be sure to grab a thermal blanket to keep yourself warm once you cool down,” Dr. Colvin said. This will help your body adjust to the weather and keep your muscles from stiffening up. “Immediate post-NYC marathon recovery – 30 to 60 minutes – should include a replacement drink and other easily digested high-carbohydrate foods such as a banana, pretzels or a turkey sandwich,” added Dr. Colvin.
- Alexis Colvin, MD, Associate Professor, Sports Medicine, Orthopaedics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Chief Medical Officer, United States Tennis Association