Daily Archives: November 15, 2009

My First Ice Bath

After my 11 mile run yesterday I made big plans as soon as I got back home to brave my first ice bath. I have been reading about others (here and here) taking ice baths and decided to try it out for myself.

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My ice bath included cold water, hot tea, a good book (thanks Olivia!) some Zico water and ofcourse lots of ice!

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I sat on the side and pretty much only had my feet in for the firs 5 minutes or so. I am not going to lie. It hurt. I was holding on to my hot tea for dear life.

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After a while, I eventually made it all the way in to the bath. It was Oh. So. Cold. and I had to mentally talk myself into staying in the bath. But this pain only lasted for a little while, and then I went numb and everything felt good!

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Until fiancé didn’t think I had any ice left in the bath and decided to add more! How sweet of him!

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Brrr. It started to get cold again, but this time it was a good cold.

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My legs had helped me run a long time today, and it felt good to let them relax in the cold icy water.

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My main reason for the ice bath (torture) was an experiment to see if if would really benefit me. I wanted to know if sitting in an icy bath for 15-20 minutes post a long run if it would really leave me not sore the next day and feeling fresh.

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I took the ice bath yesterday and woke up this morning and my legs feel pretty good. Still slightly sore, but no where near what they usually feel like after a long run. Its like it skipped 2-3 days of pain/soreness, which is pretty good.

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11 miles! Booyahh! I am SO ready for the Philly Half next weekend. My family is coming up to see my race and other friends are coming as well. I can’t wait! I also plan on taking more ice baths in the future.

Have YOU ever taken an ice bath?

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Off-Road Running 11 Miles

Yesterday morning, fiancé and I got up after sleeping in a little (which was glorious) and I set out to tackle my last long run before the Philly Half next weekend!

Fiancé suggest a new route we hadn’t been on yet. It was fun to cover new grounds and enjoy some new scenery. We decided to head out to the Wissahickon Trail and Forbidden Drive.

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Fiance hung out with me on his bike while I chugged along running.

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I was kind of obsessed with the new scenery. It was nice to change things up a bit on my long run.

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The rain held off through most of the morning, it was ‘spitting’ a bit but it was refreshing when I was running.

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This trail was lots of off-road running! It was rough running through the mud and leaves that were wet!

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There were LOTS O’ Hills on this run! Between the wet ground and the new terrain and the hills, it was a nice challenging run!

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Fiancé was taking lots of pictures of me “for the blog”

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This was around mile 6! I was feeling good until the sidewalk I was running on disappeared and then we were running/biking on a pretty busy road! Cars were flying by us at top speeds. It wasn’t the safest, and it  lasted for a mile. We were kind of making up our route as we were going on!

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Halfway through my long run.

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Around mile 7 we crossed over this awesome bridge and stopped for a few seconds to take some pictures – for the blog!

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This looking down from the bridge I am on. The path on the left is part of the path we were just running on! If you look closely you can see some people walking on the trail. We are up really high!

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Fiancé stopped to enjoy the view as well!

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Biker/Runner en route!

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How pretty is the reflection in this picture?

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I made it to mile 10 and felt like stopping, but then decided to push on one more mile.

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A nice strong finish.

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My shoes did NOT have a nice strong finish. They used to be all pretty and clean, but after my off road running through the mud and dirt, they are not looking so good. I am going to have to clean them up before the race next weekend!

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You can check out my Garmin stats here. I took the run pretty easy and was more concerned with logging the miles than speed. I felt very accomplished that I got my long run over with yesterday morning! It was a nice way to start the weekend and I am feeling pretty confident about the Philly Half!

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My First Ice Bath

After my 11 mile run yesterday I made big plans as soon as I got back home to brave my first ice bath. I have been reading about others (here and here) taking ice baths and decided to try it out for myself.

pics 875

My ice bath included cold water, hot tea, a good book (thanks Olivia!) some Zico water and ofcourse lots of ice!

pics 876 pics 877  

I sat on the side and pretty much only had my feet in for the firs 5 minutes or so. I am not going to lie. It hurt. I was holding on to my hot tea for dear life.

pics 880

After a while, I eventually made it all the way in to the bath. It was Oh. So. Cold. and I had to mentally talk myself into staying in the bath. But this pain only lasted for a little while, and then I went numb and everything felt good!

pics 881 pics 882

Until fiancé didn’t think I had any ice left in the bath and decided to add more! How sweet of him!

pics 884 pics 887

Brrr. It started to get cold again, but this time it was a good cold.

pics 885pics 883

My legs had helped me run a long time today, and it felt good to let them relax in the cold icy water.

 pics 888

My main reason for the ice bath (torture) was an experiment to see if if would really benefit me. I wanted to know if sitting in an icy bath for 15-20 minutes post a long run if it would really leave me not sore the next day and feeling fresh.

pics 891pics 893 

I took the ice bath yesterday and woke up this morning and my legs feel pretty good. Still slightly sore, but no where near what they usually feel like after a long run. Its like it skipped 2-3 days of pain/soreness, which is pretty good.

    pics 897 pics 902

11 miles! Booyahh! I am SO ready for the Philly Half next weekend. My family is coming up to see my race and other friends are coming as well. I can’t wait! I also plan on taking more ice baths in the future.

Have YOU ever taken an ice bath?

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Off-Road Running 11 Miles

Yesterday morning, fiancé and I got up after sleeping in a little (which was glorious) and I set out to tackle my last long run before the Philly Half next weekend!

Fiancé suggest a new route we hadn’t been on yet. It was fun to cover new grounds and enjoy some new scenery. We decided to head out to the Wissahickon Trail and Forbidden Drive.

pics 822

Fiance hung out with me on his bike while I chugged along running.

  pics 824 pics 825

I was kind of obsessed with the new scenery. It was nice to change things up a bit on my long run.

pics 826 

The rain held off through most of the morning, it was ‘spitting’ a bit but it was refreshing when I was running.

pics 827

This trail was lots of off-road running! It was rough running through the mud and leaves that were wet!

pics 828

There were LOTS O’ Hills on this run! Between the wet ground and the new terrain and the hills, it was a nice challenging run!

pics 831  pics 834 

Fiancé was taking lots of pictures of me “for the blog”

pics 836

This was around mile 6! I was feeling good until the sidewalk I was running on disappeared and then we were running/biking on a pretty busy road! Cars were flying by us at top speeds. It wasn’t the safest, and it  lasted for a mile. We were kind of making up our route as we were going on!

pics 837pics 841 

Halfway through my long run.

pics 839

Around mile 7 we crossed over this awesome bridge and stopped for a few seconds to take some pictures – for the blog!

pics 844

This looking down from the bridge I am on. The path on the left is part of the path we were just running on! If you look closely you can see some people walking on the trail. We are up really high!

pics 847 pics 848

Fiancé stopped to enjoy the view as well!

  pics 850

Biker/Runner en route!

pics 851 

How pretty is the reflection in this picture?

pics 862 

I made it to mile 10 and felt like stopping, but then decided to push on one more mile.

pics 867  

A nice strong finish.

pics 870 pics 871 

My shoes did NOT have a nice strong finish. They used to be all pretty and clean, but after my off road running through the mud and dirt, they are not looking so good. I am going to have to clean them up before the race next weekend!

pics 853

You can check out my Garmin stats here. I took the run pretty easy and was more concerned with logging the miles than speed. I felt very accomplished that I got my long run over with yesterday morning! It was a nice way to start the weekend and I am feeling pretty confident about the Philly Half!

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