Thursday, October 29, 2009

Be gentle ice bath..this is my first time.

I have avoided ice baths much the way I avoid taking both of my girls to the grocery store for fear of complete mental breakdown.

I like baths. I even like ice. But together, not so much my idea of a good time. I do believe I'd rather pluck each and every hair off my body while watching Yo Gabba Gabba with a cranky baby who refuses to take a nap if you get my drift. (Or type a blog post with a 3 year old practically sitting on top of me trying to feed goldfish crackers to my computer while watching her (or my)"quiet time" movie, playing footsies with me, randomly reaching up to stick her fingers in my nose from time to time and passing gas mercilessly. Wait...that actually is happening right this minute. MY GOODNESS CHILD! What did you eat?!)

That is until I read this blog post over on Runner's World by Librarian Runs called I don't want to take an ice bath My sentinments exactly I thought when I saw the title. But after reading her post, well acutually the comments that went with the post, I had to try it. I mean go read it. With all the glowing praises of the effects of an ice bath post run how can you not?

So following my long run yesterday, I filled the bath tub with the coldest water I could and dumped in all the ice from my freezer. I left on all my running clothes like one of the commenters on that post suggested (because somehow leaving all my clothes on just made me feel better about the whole insane thing I was about to do, like somehow it was less crazy) added a sweatshirt and one of those warm head bands for your ears and got in sounding like a woman about to give birth. "Hee Hee who. Hee Hee who." All while my husband watched laughing. It nearly took my breath away, but after the initial shock, honestly it wasn't too bad. I sat in it for about 10-12 minutes munching on pretzels and sipping gatorade (only the finest cuisine for runners). Then got out because the ice had melted and the water did not seem very cold anymore, then stripped out of my wet clothes and took a hot shower which almost felt to good to blog about. Really, after an ice bath a hot shower is just that good.

And today, I gotta say...I feel pretty good. Pretty much the only thing slightly annoying me is my hips and I don't think I got them completely covered. Next time, I'll get an extra bag of ice from the store and fill it up a little higher. I'm sold.

'Til next time...

4 comments:

Funnyrunner said...

eeww. Just reading that brings chills. The closest I've ever come to that is when I had to plunge my sprained ankle alternately into hot water and ice baths. It was torture.

I HIGHLY recommend switching your energy gel to Accel Gel - it's the only one that has a patented ratio of 4:1 carbs to protein and helps to prevent muscle damage while doing long or intense runs AND helps speed recovery afterwards. I've been far less sore after the two marathons during which I used it. I also use the Accelerade drink after long or intense runs. Geez. They should pay me, huh?

Staci Dombroski said...

Okay, I was cracking up reading your blog because I understand the Yo Gabba Gabba thing! Seriously, who invented that show? Why do kids like it? Now I am intrigued and I think I might have to try an ice bath after my half on Saturday. Thank you for sharing :-)

shellyrm said...

Oh my! Ice bath. And I thought the first part of your blog was about torture...

RunningMama said...

One tip I've found really helps with that initial shock: get in the water BEFORE you add the ice. Get it as cold as possible, with a bucket of ice nearby. Then dump it in...or let your husband do the dumping...he'll really love the power to torture you :)