After this Sunday's 25 mile training run, I felt like garbage. I've actually felt like trash ever since running the OSR30 the previous week. I mean, I know why. Leading up to the OSR30 I was on top of my recovery: foam rolling overnight, doing my stretches, epsom salt baths, and compression all the time. For some reason after that 30 miler, I just stopped. My legs definitely where trashed and I should have taken the time to recover and take care of myself but I just didn't.
So with the Leona Divide 50 miler coming up soon (April 14th!) I decided I need to make recovery my priority during this taper. I decided to try out RECOVER, a new studio dedicated solely to recovery.
I booked a session for the CVAC (Cyclic Variations in Adaptive Conditioning, sounds fancy doesn't it?) something I've never heard of before but instantly wanted to try out. What is CVAC? Basically you sit in this crazy pod thing and the air inside changes to simulate different altitudes. It feels like you are on a plane and you keep taking off and landing, meaning that your ears keep popping. You start off with 5 minutes to see how you are feeling and can keep going higher and higher. You also get a walkie talkie in case you want to bail out early. Not anxiety inducing or anything.
What does CVAC do?
- Increases blood oxygen ultization and Vo2 Max
- Promotes faster athletic recovery time
- Improves metabolic waste removal
- Improves glycolytic energy production
- Increases lymphatic, lymphatic, and cerebral spinal fluid circulation
- Clears brain fog
- Improves sleep quality
- Balances hormones
- Improves reflexes and nerve health
I did two 5 minute sessions in the CVAC before calling it quits, which is totally normal. My ears felt funny and I don't want to mess with them. I was assured that it takes some time for your body to get used to it and then to work your way up on the different tiers.
After the CVAC, they offered me use of the NORMATEC compression boots (I will never turn those down) and use of the Nu-Calm while in the boots. Why not?
Deep sleep is one of the most critical components to optimal performance and NuCalm's breakthrough neuroscience technology is patented to quickly and naturally achieve this restorative state. Through binaural beats and neural inhibition, the system allows your body and brain to enter a parasympathetic dominant state, where system muscular repair and rehabilitation occurs-allowing your body to properly recover in time for your next workout, practice or game. (From RECOVER's website)
The boots felt great as always, but the NuCalm was pretty rad. You put on some vision blocking googles and noise cancelling headphones. Some cream which is used to counteract adrenaline is applied to your neck and there are these little pads that are put behind your ears which are micro current stimulation. The combination of the cream and the microcurrent works on the midbrain to interrupt the body’s natural stress response. I didn't fall asleep in it like I assumed I would, but definitely zoned out hard. I felt great afterwards, like I had meditated for two hours. Later that night I slept HARD. It felt amazing. Definitely doing this again. The Nu-Calm was so much better then aimlessly scrolling on Instagram like I usually do when I'm in the Normatec boots.
The RECOVER studio was awesome. Everyone there was super friendly and went out of their way to explain all the different recovery modalities to me. They also have infrared saunas which I've been obsessed with lately. This is going to be in my recovery rotation in addition to my Hyperice foam rolling, epsom salt baths, and my PT exercises.
RECOVER is located at 360 7th Avenue 4th Floor New York, NY 10001.