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So yesterday, I asked the twitter world and the blog world if I should post a video that is rather embarrassing of me taking an ice bath. I took the video in the first place because a. I’m an idiot and b. I wanted to show you guys a new idea I had (that many of you maybe have already had but I thought it was brilliant, and, I, at times, can be slow) to make an ice bath not suck so much. Today is Friday and I usually try to post something entertaining or funny, and I guess today I wanted to take it to the next level.

So when I did the walk with DJ, I knew after day one (walking 26.2 miles) we would HAVE to ice bath to be functioning at all the next day (where we had to walk 13.1 more miles). Taking an ice bath really helps get the yuckiness out of your muscles and makes you much less sore. Believe me, ice baths are REALLY CRAPPY, but they also REALLY work. Also, if DJ can take one, you can too. She freaking rocked the ice bath, so get in there and stop complaining. Normally most of the time, unfortunately, I’m cussing while in the ice bath, but luckily this video I kept myself in check. Anyways, if we hadn’t taken them, I doubt we would have been mobile the next day. Seriously. Give it a shot, and you’ll really feel the difference.

That being said, let me tell you a few little somethings about me. I HATE WATER. I am like a cat. Even when I take a shower, I take relatively very short showers, (6-10 minutes max) and also I really don’t like the ocean, or swimming, or anything at all that is water related, besides drinking water of course! This could be because my hair takes forever to do once I wash it, but who knows. I’ve never been very keen on water. Oddly enough my brother loves to surf, is a lifeguard, loves swimming and has webbed feet. HAHA, sorry T-money had to throw that in there! I guess he got the all the love for the water in the family, while I got none. Secondly, I HATE being cold, nay, LOATHE it. I always am bringing a jacket wherever I’m going, and yes, I HATE the snow. I get cold pretty easily since my arms and legs are skeletor status. Mid section, doesn’t get cold so easily, score. So therefore, an ice bath is like my arch-nemesis. Two things I do not like at all.

So, I had the brilliant idea from somehow thinking of putting a frog in boiling water. If you put him in when it’s boiling, he hops out, but if you put a frog in cold water and then boil it, he stays in. I then thought of myself as a frog and this translates to ice baths! See, sometimes my train of thought is a little weird. So when it comes to ice baths, I have an incredibly hard problem when the tub is filled and the ice is in it with sitting down. I get my feet in and stand there whining for a while. Then I can’t get myself to sit down. I know that once I sit down, and give it a minute I’ll be frozen so it doesn’t matter but it’s the fact of sitting my butt down. I thought, what if I filled the tub up with the usual cold water, and then had DJ pour in the ice for me after I was already in? Would it be better? Well let me tell you, this works WAY better for me! It still stinks to sit down in such cold water, but I can do it pretty quickly,  and it’s definitely not as bad as sitting down in ICE COLD water. I can do it only with a few moments of whimpering and breathing noises. Then pouring in the ice, there is some breathing that makes me sound like I’m going to have a baby, but then it’s over and I’m in and already sitting down. Then I just let it freeze for a minute and I’m good to go for the required 10-15 minutes.

So first off, I’m wearing a swimsuit, I’ll let you guys know that in the first minutes of the video. Just make fun of my breathing and especially the whimpering puppy noises when I pour in the 2nd bag. It’s freezing people. I used to have to get in the whirlpool in high school and I hated that too. I was also way smaller in high school so I would sit there and FREEZE and my teeth would chatter, the physical therapists always felt bad for me. So now a days, I put on a sweatshirt and get my iPhone all ready and just let it burn.

Anyways, here’s the video. This solidifies that I’m a freak, and even more so because I just posted it for the world to see. Also, I preface this video with the fact that I hate my voice. Ha ha ha. Enjoy!

On that note!

This weekend I have a 12 MILER. ONLY 12!!! YAY! I am excited to be back on track (figuratively, not literally) and ready to run Long Beach! This Debbie Downer has turned her frown upside down and is ready to rock! My inner cheerleader is back. Okay maybe it’s because I had a pumpkin spice latte and since I never drink caffeine, I could be twitching a little, but hey! It’s the WEEKEND PEOPLE!


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  • Reply Lori-Pure2Raw

    Love the video. You are so cute. My older sister who runs a lot does ice baths. I am like you though in that I hate water (weird though because I grew up in Florida and was in water all the time) But now I hate it and never go in! I will have to try your version of an ice bath and let you know how I do. Thanks for sharing.

    September 27, 2009 at 7:48 am
  • Reply Shannon

    You are hilarious! hahahahha But I also think you’re brave to show that to the world!

    September 27, 2009 at 7:50 am
  • Reply Kirby @ Good Gals Inc

    oh my gosh!??!! Girl!! This is hilarious!!! So glad you posted this!!!

    September 27, 2009 at 5:53 pm
  • Reply Rebecca

    love the video! I used to get in the ice bath after it was full too (cursing up a storm). Recently a friend gave me some tips on how she does it, and have to admit it helps. I now get in before any water is in, fill up, add ice. Also I wear running tights, a fleece top (bottom rolled up so it doesn’t get wet), and socks. I still get the cold effect, but my skin doesn’t burn from the ice.

    September 28, 2009 at 8:59 am
  • Reply Perfectly Imperfect

    Ok.. you’re insane!! But you just made me almost wet myself laughing!! Hysterical! I had to get in the whirlpool all the time in college and was MISERABLE! Good for you getting in there!

    September 28, 2009 at 11:36 am
  • Reply Jaime

    Okay – so, I didn’t read through all 55 of the comments, so someone may have said this …. but, I agree with you on ice baths. I hate them, but anything over 12 miles and I take them. They really do help with recovery.

    So – I do the same sort of thing only I get in the tub first and gradually fill up the water. This is way easier than even sitting in the water and adding ice. Then, once the water has covered my legs, I turn it off and add the ice.

    September 28, 2009 at 12:00 pm
  • Reply ilovesteaks

    yay! It’s almost time for Long Beach! But first I have to go run with the cows. You know, I’ve never taken an ice bath. The closest thing I do is rub down my legs with ice after a race. But usually I don’t even do that and I head straight for real food with lots of beef.

    September 28, 2009 at 3:41 pm
  • Reply kymberli q.

    Awww…I miss that voice. :)

    September 29, 2009 at 1:12 am
  • Reply Tim Wilson

    I thought that was too funny – sorry to laugh at your pain….. but the whimpering was too much! :)

    I have never taken one myself, although I should have with my last 20 miler. I have had my daughter take one after one of her longer runs.

    September 29, 2009 at 6:07 am
  • Reply Jocelyn

    OH MY GOD. great video!

    October 23, 2009 at 11:18 am
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