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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  • Reply Jenny November 15, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    ouchie mama! I complain when I have to take a mildly cold shower — you are a tougher chick than I!

  • Reply Living and Loving in L.A. November 15, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    I have taken a million ice baths, since I just ran my first marathon. I always do them after long runs and really do think they work!!!
    My favorite thing (besides drinking something hot) is to eat something like a sandwich while I'm in the tub. For some reason, eating makes it less miserable. At least for me!!!

  • Reply *Naomi* November 15, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    wowww i admire you for doing that! it looks so cold in there! good for you for braving the ice bath!!

  • Reply Charm City Kim November 15, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    I love ice baths!

  • Reply Lacey Nicole November 15, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    i love them now!!!!!! you really get used to them… or maybe it's just me?? i even take cold showers now sometimes after short runs … ice baths have changed my life!

  • Reply inmytummy November 15, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    You're brave. I couldn't do it. I've tried and ended up turning on the hot water.

  • Reply MoraPiggy November 16, 2009 at 12:03 am

    Impressive. I don't think I could do it. I hate to be cold. I don't even like to drink ice water, so I know I wouldn't enjoy sitting in it.

    What do you think of Push. I read it a few weeks ago. Pretty gritty but I loved it and can't wait to see the movie.

  • Reply Steel Springs November 16, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Brrr! Way to brave the cold! I'll have to give that a shot when I get to double digits.

  • Reply C.G. the Foodie November 16, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Ice baths scare me but I think I will have to try them with everyone raving about the lack of pain after! Good luck at your half!

  • Reply Nutritious is Delicious November 16, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    oh boy! I'm not sure I could do that! Good luck with the Half!!

  • Reply lauren November 17, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    wow! great job on the ice bath and good luck in the philly half next weekend. I will be there! I am too much of a wimp to try an ice bath.

    oh and artie's rocks. 🙂

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