Everything is better hot. Imo, of course.
As a runner, I've read numerous accounts of crazy-ass runners doing something unthinkable to me - taking an ICE BATH!
No way, am I ever going to voluntarily sink my body into a pool of ice. Unh-unh. But there are all these benefits... blah blah blah.
And then I read Ali's post about her first experience taking the plunge.
*cue over-dramatic music* THIS CHANGED MY LIFE! An ice bath can consist of cold water? No ice? Maybe that won't be so bad...
I couldn't get that post out of my head. When I went for a 12+ mile run on Sunday, the *gasp* thought of an ice bath really. kept. me. going.
Yes, I kept daydreaming about sinking my legs into a bath tub filled with COLD water. Who is this girl??
When I got back, I started filling the tub with cold water while I did a few stretches. Now, our hot water had been turned off for some repairs the day before and had only been back on for a few hours. As the water was running, Jeff called to me.
Him: Don't you want to make sure there's hot water first?After stretching and once there was enough water in the tub, I slowly lowered myself down, down, down. I only cringed a little. It actually felt kind of good.
Me: No, I'm just using cold water.
Me: I'm taking an ice bath. Well, without the ice.
Seriously, who the hell is this girl?
I posted this to Instagram as proof.
|First ever ice bath. Feels better than I'd have ever guessed. I might be sold. Next time I may actually add ice. Lol.|
I was surprised how quickly I got accustomed to the temperature. Until I had to readjust my legs. Then the shock of the COLD would course through me again. BUT I LIKED IT!
Ok. So, maybe now I'm a *real* runner. I can foresee lots of
I really do think it helped in my recovery, and it simply just felt good on my aching muscles.
Do you prefer Hot or Cold...anything...?
Have you ever taken an ice, or cold water, bath?