Yesterday was bad for absolutely no particular reason. So I came home and did this.
Best decision of the day.
I also entertained my latest addiction: the Whole Foods salad bar.
If it wasn’t so damn expensive, it wouldn’t be a problem, but at $7.99/lb., this could prove to be a costly habit. It’s just SO good! I crave it, and when I get that craving in my head, there’s no substitution. I can’t really make it at home, either, since I get so many different things . . . marinated mushrooms, sesame or teriyaki tofu, roasted vegetables, marinated artichokes, sweet potato wedges, edamame, roasted beets . . . I’m trying to justify the expense since it’s all healthy stuff, but when I get at least $10 worth of salad at least once a week, well–I might need to scale back. Maybe I’ll get my act together and roast up a bunch of veggies this weekend so I can have them on salads this week. Probably worth it, huh?
After all of your comments yesterday about ice baths and how worth it they are, I decided to do a little research. I don’t typically get too sore after my long runs, but I want to boost my muscle recovery and prevent injuries, so I’m thinking about giving it a try. I did a little research and here’s what I found out:
- Cryotherapy (“cold therapy”) constricts blood vessels and decreases metabolic activity, which reduces swelling and tissue breakdown
- Once the skin is no longer in contact with the cold source, the underlying tissues warm up, causing a return of faster blood flow, which helps return the byproducts of cellular breakdown to the lymph system for efficient recycling by the body.
- Ice baths don’t only suppress inflammation, but help to flush harmful metabolic debris out of your muscles
- Cold-water immersion generally produces a greater and longer lasting change in deep tissues and is more a more efficient means of cooling large groups of muscles simultaneously
From Runner’s World
You guys had lots to say about them, too!
I believe in the power of the ice bath. I typically do one for anything over 13 miles and when I don’t it seems like the pain lasts longer.
Ice baths are totally worth it. I’m convinced they have kept me almost pain free after all my long runs.
It is the worst thing in the entire world, but I agree with Paula in that it DOES reduce pain. I took them after anything over 15 miles. With a starbucks. Followed by a beer.
YES to the ice bath. 20+ lbs of ice and lots of water. Try to cover all of your muscles in your legs for the full effect. I recommend bundling up before you jump in – with a hot cup of coffee in hand and mimosa ready to chug when you get out
I do ice baths after long, gruelling runs and although they aren’t nice, you get used to them and they really help the body repair. During my football career (soccer), we had to have ice baths after every game and during pre season. It was done religiously as the healing process can be much quicker. It’s worth giving them a go and you will get used to them, just get through the first minute or two and it does get easier!
And Caroline added,
YES to the ice bath! I hate the cold too, but am still willing to sit in the bath to avoid some of the pain. The first bath will feel like you’re dying… they get easier! I close up the bathroom and blast the room with a space heater so the air is nice and hot in the room. I run the water and then check the temp. Since the winter started I actually haven’t needed water- it’s been about 50 degrees coming straight from the ground. I turn on an episode of something like Modern family on the laptop so I have something else to focus on, wear clothes in the tub, and drink hot tea. blast the space heater on you too:) It’s worth it…
I’m sure I’m going to HATE every second of it, but I suppose I’ll give it a go. I have 14 miles on the docket for tomorrow, so I think I might wait until after my 16 miler to try it out. Plus, that’ll give me some time to stockpile some ice–I’m too cheap to buy 20 lbs. worth of ice at the store every weekend! But I’m sure my ice maker will be happy to do the work during the week! At least it’s cold outside so I can just store it out there for now.
Given my Raynaud’s, I am absolutely terrified and will hold each of you personally responsible if I lose any fingers or toes doing this. I hope you’re ready to have that hanging over your heads!!!