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Saturday after my long run, I tried another new thing.   What am I going to do when this is event is over and I’m out of new things?

I tried an ice bath.  Well, not so much ice, but as cold as the tap would go.  I don’t know if it was worth it.

I really dislike being cold.  And I’m cold all of the time.  I’m sitting here in August with sweatpants, a sweatshirt, and socks on, in the covers.   When I started running I would overheat because I always started with too many layers because I didn’t want to be cold.  After my runs now, it doesn’t take long before I start shivering with the a/c mixed with sweat, and my sweatshirt goes back on or I take a long hot shower.  Just what I’m supposed to do, right?

Ice baths are supposed to help with recovery and muscle soreness.

But I just don’t know if it’s worth it.

Do you do ice/cold water baths?  How long do you stay in for?  Do you get used to it?  Other benefits?

 

4 thoughts on “Brrr….I’m cold!

  1. Reply Gene Aug 15, 2013 3:03 am

    I have done ice baths and I do find they help with recovery. I usually keep the temperature of the water around 50-52 degrees. You don’t need a lot of ice! The hardest part is immersing the more “sensitive” areas of the body. I usually stay in 10-15 minutes. They recommend you do not stay in for more than 20, which is not a problem for me! Wear a wool cap or beanie to make you feel warmer and good luck!
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  2. Reply Angela Aug 15, 2013 3:51 am

    I did them when I was training for my first marathon. I also REALLY hate cold & am cold all the time (thyroid issues), but I was kind of surprised at how not awful they were. Mildly uncomfortable, yes, but not like 9th circle of hell horrific or anything. I would usually put on a long-sleeve tech shirt, dump a 10 pound bag of ice in the tub filled just enough to cover my knees (this is important so you can stick your feet partway out) & set a timer for 10 minutes & read a book or something. It really did help keep me from getting super sore from the higher mileage (or at least I think it did).
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  3. Reply Tertius Aug 15, 2013 6:00 am

    I tried it twice this past week after a suggestion by my running partner. While it does improve my concentration playing Temple Run, I am much stiffer and take longer to recover after them. A very hot bath does soothe my aching muscles much better though.

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