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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Ice Bath

I hate, hate, hate the cold.  Any cold.  I couldn't say exactly why I took an ice bath.   I honestly couldn't even say why I even signed up for a half marathon in January.  It seemed like a good idea back in July.  I usually defend my running by saying, "It is part of the triathlon, if I don't do it I will never finish."  Now I am doing JUST running.  Who would have thought?

Also unbelievable I sat in a tub full of cold water on Sunday and let The Coach pour in three bags of ice.  He did this out of the kindness of his heart he claims.  In no way was any part of this a sadistic desire on his part to see me uncomfortable freezing my butt off.  (Or to see my "headlights" smaller than they have been since I was 19.)  (Sorry I should have given the TMI alert.)

The day after my long run lately has been filled with whining and an inability to get up and down the stairs.  I asked The Coach for advice.  He said the football players take ice baths after pounding each other for two hours to constrict muscles and stop the production of lactic acid.  He said I had pounded my knees and hips for 90 minutes so, I should try it. He sounded incredibly scientific. I bought it. 



Shaye Baby was nice enough to keep me company while this torture ensued.  She rolled up balls of toilet paper and threw them in the tub.  I was too frozen to move to get her to quit so every few minutes I just muttered, "Bad Baby."  It didn't slow her down. From time to time she would stick her little hand in the water and say, "Ooooohhhhh."

I will say this.  It was uncomfortable.   It might have been better if Shaye had left and I could maybe distract myself with a good book or something.  I was cold for the next two hours.  On the flip side I didn't have rubber legs for the rest of the day yesterday and I was able to get up the stairs at work this morning.  My legs don't hurt at all.  Maybe I will even be able to do a weight workout this evening.  Who knows?

How about you? What is the craziest thing you have done for your sport or hobby?




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21 comments:

  1. Wow, your whole body! I cant' handle when I had to put my ankle in an ice/water bucket let alone my WHOLE body! Your one tough lady.

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  2. Oh Geeez!
    This makes me hurt...like my face is all tense and I can't beleive you did this!
    I'm glad it helped though.

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  3. Holy craziness! You couldn't pay me enough to take an ice bath!! I'm glad it helped but no way!

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  4. My son wanted me to be sure and point out the lady in the picture above is not me.
    He didn't want confusion.

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  5. Holy crap! How long did you stay in there? I admire your fortitude.

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  6. I would never voluntarily let ice be put on me. I hate the cold. I despise it...I'm freaking out now because it's been in the single digits here.

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  7. Broke my foot and kept figure skating. At least now I have an old sports injury I can always refer to :-)

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  8. Why, why, why would you do that? It sounds so painful and awful! Although, I guess voluntary is better. You know, because nothing sucks more than waking up in an ice bath missing a kidney.

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  10. I used to do cold baths until I read this:
    http://runningtimes.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=21202&PageNum=1
    it makes sense to me.
    BTW, cold baths with a cup of hot tea or better yet cocoa are not too bad.

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  12. I've done the icebath thing, too. And I agree, it was miserable (although mine was just a cold bath, no ice added) but I wasn't nearly as sore the next day, so it may have worked. THat's the craziest thing I've done for running, unless you count running in near zero temperatures or adding sheetrock screws to my shoes for traction. :-)

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  13. There's no way I could do that. You are a strong lady!

    I don't think I've ever done anything crazy for sport. Ben Gay?

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  14. Oh ice baths! I feel your pain! That was probably the craziest thing I have done for a sport, too. But I never used actual ice. Would just let the tub fill with cold water and then sit in it.

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  16. How long did you stay in??? That is insane!!!

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  17. holy crap you have got to be kidding me! I'm cold already and that made me even colder just reading about it! can you say torture!!! brrr...I'm off to grab a hot chocolate!

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  18. Great job toughing out the ice bath! They do spend recovery. running is such a glamorious sport, isn't it?!?! ;-)

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  19. Did it help?

    I don't think I could have done it. Not for nothing. I'm such a wussy.

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  20. i refuse to do the ice bath in the winter, I stick to the epsom salts. Hmm isn't getting up at like 5 am every saturday pretty strange?

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