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Walk it Out
The easiest way for me to cool down after a run is to walk for a few minutes. I would say I normally walk anywhere between a quarter of a mile to a half mile (depending on the amount of miles I run). It’s never good to just come to a complete stop right after a run because it doesn’t give your body enough time to adjust. For me the cool down walk is amazing because it also gives me a chance to check my stats (I normally don’t look at my pace until after the run) and if I am running with a friend or more than one person, it provides a nice opportunity to chat.
Peloton Cool Down Stretch
If I’m near my phone after a run, I often like to log onto my Peloton app and select one of the 5 minute cool down stretches. These are quick guided stretches that always makes me feel 10x better after I do them. One of the best things you can do for your body is a pre and post workout stretch. It wasn’t until this year that I really learned the importance of both!
Cool Down Jog
Sometimes if I know I’m near the end of a run, but a little far from my car or house, I’ll do a cool down jog. I’ll run slower than my base pace, but won’t walk (since that will take me too long to get to my destination, lol).
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After I run, I usually just slow to a walk; sometimes I’ll do yoga. I’m not very regimented about it!
Yoga would be great to do post run! I wish I enjoyed it more so that I would do it more often.
I can’t run the last part of my run or else I won’t get my kilometres complete! I can’t stand it when my Garmin stops at some random-nearly-full-kilometer-number. I could add a walk after hitting the number but then again, I’m too lazy….
Oh i hate that too! I have to end with either a full mile or half a mile. I can’t stand when it says something like 4.69 miles…I’ll just run until I hit 5 lol
Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy says
Totally with you on the post run walk & I do a similar amount! I don’t think I’ve ever done a cool down jog, though. Interesting. Usually I’m so ready to be done by the end . . .
Yeah the cool down job is definitely a rare occurrence and usually not that long.
I used to be so good about going in and stretching/foam rolling after a run. Lately that hasn’t been happening. Walking a little is about it. Haha!
lol I can totally relate. It took me a while to get into the habit of doing a cool down.
Kimberly Hatting says
Gosh, we think so much alike, we really ought to be friends 🙂 A post-run walk is a favorite of mine, too…even if it’s just a few blocks or a lap around the block where I live.
LOL 🙂 Great minds think alike.
I am not good at cooling down after a run. I usually just stop running. I do enjoy the cool down track in Body Pump, though. It’s great to stretch after an hour of weight training.
I can relate – it took me a while to get into the habit of doing a proper cool down after a run.
If I have time I walk a bit but usually I’m late for something.
Peleton app is a great idea.
I love the quick 5 minute stretches on the app.
Denise @ runheartfit says
I don’t really cool down. I do take my older dog for a walk after I run with my younger dog but that’s after making a smoothie so technically I’ve already cooled down.
I still think that taking the dog for a walk counts 🙂
Deborah @ Confessions of mother runner says
I do like to walk for a bit after a long run and I have really been enjoying some of the Peloton pre and post run stretches
I really love the Peloton stretches because they are short but so effective.
I’m not great at cooling down. I’ll generally walk and that’s about it.
But even a walk is a great way to lower your heart rate safely!
I’m not great at cooling down but I do try to stretch at some point in the day after a run. 🙂
Some stretching is better than no stretching! 🙂
The Accidental Marathoner says
I’ll usually walk the last half mile or so of my training runs as a way to cool down. I really need to get better about stretching and rolling before AND after I run.
I need to do a better job when it comes to foam rolling too
Zenaida Arroyo says
You’ve mentioned before the warm up and cool down options in the Peloton app but I am really so bad when it comes to it. I struggle to get my warm up/dynamic workouts done before a run. My coach told me to wake up earlier so I can do both.
Yes the app makes the cool down and warm up a little bit easier because you dont have to think of which moves to do. Thats why I like it lol