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.
My ice bath included cold water, hot tea, a good book (thanks Olivia!) some Zico water and ofcourse lots of ice!
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.
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!
Until fiancé didn’t think I had any ice left in the bath and decided to add more! How sweet of him!
Brrr. It started to get cold again, but this time it was a good cold.
My legs had helped me run a long time today, and it felt good to let them relax in the cold icy water.
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.
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.
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?