RICE for the London Marathon
Okay, you’ve made the decision. You are going to do it—you are going to run your first marathon. The marathon isn’t an easy decision; it takes months of training and hard work. Your limbs become everything to you, so you’ve got to keep them in good working order!
Training can be gruelling and inevitably accidents can happen. If you do get a soft tissue injury, RICE is a first aid tool used to treat muscle strains and sprains. It’s not a cure for an injury but it does help with recovery and the help control the immediate pain and swelling.
So what is the RICE method?
R stands for Rest –A runner in the middle of a race or training session may not realise the symptoms and just carry on. Continuing to run will force more blood to the site of the injury and may maintain bleeding – more severe damage is the inevitable result. The best thing to do is rest as much as you can.
I stand’s for Ice – Simply putting ice on the site of an injury can produce blistering and ice burn, so best to not do that. Check out IcePack4Less’ Koolpak Sport Instant Ice Packs from as low as 75p. Squeeze and shake to activate; packs become ice cold in seconds. This is a safer way of applying coldness to your skin.
C is for Compression- The greater the pressure applied, the lower the amount of blood that can pass to the rest of the limb. Check out IcePack4Less’ Koolpak Cold Compress Ice Bag from as low as £4.65. Ideal for applying pressure and helping to reduce swelling.
E reminds us to elevate the limb- While it may not always be practical to elevate the limb, any time doing so is well spent and will aid recovery.
So now you know the RICE method all you need to do is visualize crossing the finish line and have fun! Remember IcePack4Less is here for you all through your marathon journey!
Good luck & happy running!