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How To Make An Ice Bath Suck Less

Ah ice baths. They can be an absolutely miserable experience, especially as you take the first steps to immerse yourself into a bathtub full of literally ice cold water. πŸ₯Ά

I’m a big believer in ice baths though, no matter how terrible they might sound or even feel in the moment. As far as I’m concerned they’re one of the best ways to sooth sore muscles and aid in recovery.

I’m not going to get into the science of the ice bath today. Every recovery method has plenty of research that suggests reasons why it may or may not work. I think all of that really comes down to the person and their personal preferences and experiences and in my experience ice baths are always a good idea. πŸ˜‰

I’ll be the first to tell you that ice baths can absolutely suck though. Especially first getting into one. That is always an awful experience. πŸ˜‚ But today I’m going to share some tips with you that can help make your next ice bath suck a little less.

Have Someone Else Add The Ice After You Get Into The Bath

The thought of stepping into a bath tube full of cold water and ice cubes sounds pretty awful, right? I sure think so!

One way to kind of work around that though is to have someone else dump the ice in after you. If you’re lucky enough to have someone who is willing to do that for you it can make the first step of the ice bath, actually getting in, a lot easier.

Actually executing this is super simple. First full up your bathtub to maybe 1/3 of the way full of cold water and then sit down in it. Then have your volunteer pour in the ice after you get situated. Easy peasy!

This is definitely my preferred way of getting into an ice bath! Trying to sit down into a tube full of ice water is not a great experience. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Winchester is very confused as to why I subject myself to this.πŸ˜‚

Wear A Warm Hoodie And Hat

Just because you’re icing your legs doesn’t mean the rest of you has to be cold! I find ice baths to be much more tolerable when I’m wearing something that keeps my ears and torso warm.

Be warned though that more likely than not your hoodie will get sopping wet. Along with whatever else you end up wearing in the bath. So plan accordingly. Usually I just strip out of my wet gear and throw it all into a towel and then clean up whatever water ends up on the floor. Because water always ends up on the floor. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Bring A Warm Beverage (Or Meal, I Don’t Judge) With You

Do not underestimate how comforting drinking (or eating) something warm can be while you’re sitting in a bathtub full of ice. I often bring coffee, hot chocolate, tea, or occasionally mac and cheese with me. The mac and cheese was a fantastic idea and I will be doing it again. πŸ˜‚

Have Something With You To Pass The Time

Trust me, just sitting there waiting for your timer to go off is going to make your ice bath feel like it’s dragging on forever. Been there, done that. πŸ™ƒ

I’ve brought books into the tub with me before, but lately I’m all about true crime podcasts, so I’ve been listening to those while I take my ice baths. It really does help to have something to pass the time!!

And that’s pretty much it! Easy enough, right? πŸ˜‰

Lately my recovery game hasn’t been great even though I needed it now more than ever. Between my very physically demanding job and attempting to keep running after my long ass shifts I’m just not recovering well. Honestly I’m still just trying to figure out how to balance all of this stuff into my life and it’s definitely still a learning process for me.

Running hasn’t been going well. Not going to lie. I’m just too beat down and worn out from work. So I’m trying to up my recovery game again! For the last week or so I’ve been focusing on adding more protein into my diet and yesterday I took an ice bath and spent a decent amount of time with my legs propped up hole wearing compression socks. Yay for baby steps!!

Alrighty, that’s all for today!

Happy Monday/Halloween Week!

~AshleyπŸ–€πŸŽƒ

10 Miles In Struggleville

Look out half marathon number 3! I’m coming for you!! I feel like it’s gonna suck and I’m not going to be having much fun, but now I know I can do it!!

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My long run this morning, it was pretty terrible. I’m not at all surprised by that though. This was the longest run I’ve done since August, so I kinda figured it was going to suck. Honestly most of my problem was probably mental. I didn’t sleep well last night and running 10 miles was literally the last thing I wanted to do. But I knew that if I didn’t get it done this morning that I probably never would, so I went out and did it. It sucked. It was slow. I had to fight for every single step that I took. But I did it and I’m probably better for it. Maybe I didn’t improve my fitness at all, but I think I made huge strides with my metal toughness today.

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After my run I decided I needed to continue torturing myself and take an ice bath haha. Ice baths are usually a pretty miserable experience, but my legs always end up feeling a lot better in the hours and days following a long run and ice bath, so I suck it up and I do it. Haha the only problem with that was that I didn’t have any ice!

The ice maker in my freezer has been broken for quite some time now and I keep forgetting to get a bag of ice whenever I’m out and about. So when I had about 2 miles left in my run I texted Luke and asked him if he could get me some, and some chocolate milk too. πŸ˜‰ He was at work, but I could have stopped by and picked it up once I was done. So he did get me what I asked for, but thanks to my awesome next door neighbor I didn’t have to go get it! She had gone there to talk to Luke to see if I could baby sit her daughter today, because she’s not feeling well and wants some time to just relax. So he told her I could (after he texted me and asked me first haha) and he sent my milk and ice with her, so by the time I got home it was sitting on my front porch. So yeah, my husband’s awesome, my neighbor’s awesome, and I was reminded that running really is a team sport. πŸ™‚ Haha and I’m also baby sititng a 3 year old by myself today, which is waaay out of my comfort zone (I just don’t feel like I’m good with small children), but she’s a good kid and enjoys hanging out here.

Anyways, my excitement of not having to go get my stuff was very short lived, because I mean, I had to go spend 20 minutes sitting in a tub full of ice cold water. Fun times…Haha luckily Winchester decided to keep my company during that little adventure. Honestly he seemed very confused about the fact that I was fully clothed in a bathtub full of freezing cold water. And thanks to my wonderful husband I had many options as to what I was drinking while I was in there; I had my hot coffee to make the experience a little less terrible, my favorite flavor of Gatorade that he had picked up for me the other day and that I’d been sipping on during my run, and the chocolate milk that I’d asked for. πŸ™‚

 

After my ice bath I ate a little snack and waited for about 30 minutes before I took a nice hot shower (I think I read somewhere that you’re supposed to wait a little bit after ice baths before you get into a hot shower, to let your core temperature get closer to normal by itself. I have no idea if that was long enough, but oh well. πŸ˜‰ ), then attempted to nap. After laying down for a few minutes I knew that wasn’t going to happen. It seems like no matter how tired I am after a long run I can never seem to nap. Does anyone else have this problem?

Anyway, it’s 1:26 pm as I type this, and my neighbor is supposed to be here around 2 or 3 ish, so I need to go pick up the house and do a little bit of stretching before she gets here.

Happy Saturday!

~Ashley

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Longest Run Is Done!Β 

Aaaand with that, peak week is done! Thank goodness! πŸ˜‚

My long run was 12 miles today, and I did that around my neighborhood. As you can imagine, that can be a little bit boring. Mostly because I run here everyday, but also because the farthest I can get from my house is about 1 mile. So that can get a bit monotonous after a while.

Luckily it actually wasn’t too bad this morning! I broke my run up into 2 mile segments, so I’d run 1 mile away, 1 mile back, then quickly stop back at my house for a drink of water/Gatorade. That definitely helped break up the run and kept me from getting too bored. 

Anyway, I felt pretty good up until the last mile, but I’m very happy with how everything turned out. I totally killed it going up hills today. πŸ˜„

Afterwards I took my first ice bath. Holy cow that was an interesting experience! It totally helped my legs though! The we’re definitely less sore/tired feeling afterwards. Shoutout to Luke for making me hot chocolate and dumping ice on me multiple times. Running truly is a team sport and if moments like that don’t prove it, I don’t know what will! 

I spent the rest of the day eating and watching TV. Not very productive, but I like to think I earned it. πŸ˜„

I hope you’ve had a good Saturday!

~Ashley