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Do Ice Baths Help or Hurt If You're Racing Twice in a Day?

by Scott Douglas | Jun 06, 2013
New research is slight in favor of "help."

Events with two races separated by a short break are becoming increasingly popular. Runner's World founder Bob Anderson has started The Double Road Race, a series that involves running a 10-K followed by a 5-K, with 90 minutes to two hours between the races. The Runner's World Half Marathon and Festival includes the Five & Dime, which entails a combined time from the event's 5-K, which starts at 8 a.m., and the 10-K, which starts at 9:30 a.m.

While runners who grew up doubling or tripling in scholastic track meets have experience at racing more than once in a day, such short turnaround times are novel to many adult runners. Given that ice baths are commonly used for recovery after hard runs, do they make sense in this context?

Research presented at last week's annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine suggests the answer is yes, and that they certainly won't harm performance.

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