Earlier this month I managed to get a couple evening runs done in Texas while on a business trip. I borrowed the trail maps for Lake Grapevine from RAW, the local Runners and Walkers Association.
A red eye flight and 100 °F (37.7 °C) made things a bit challenging. I ended up pulling a muscle, which became quite painful for a couple of days. Applying ice for 20 minutes helps to reduce blood flow to the injury site, which tackles the pain and aids to the healing process. As WebMD points out: “ice should not be applied to bare skin. Always use a protective covering such as a towel between the ice or heat and the skin”. Self care takes PRICE:
- protection: take it easy to prevent further damage
- rest: save yourself from growing pain
- ice: mitigates inflammation
- compression: delivers support
- elevation: propping up to lower swelling