26 Nov '14, 6pm

How to Take an Ice Bath (The Right Way)

How to Take an Ice Bath (The Right Way)

Many runners swear by ice baths. Many of these same runners also swear while in their ice baths. The reason: They’re doing it wrong. While training for my first marathon, I decided to try an ice bath after one of my long runs. I’d heard plenty of good things about how ice baths can reduce soreness and speed up recovery. It all sounded good to me, so I went for it. I mistakenly believed you simply pour some ice in the tub, fill it up with water, strip down, sit in the freezing soup as long as you can stand it, and emerge a faster, stronger runner. Not so much. After 2 or 3 breath-wrenching minutes, I finally got myself lowered into icy water up to my navel. My skin puckered up immediately and my legs began shaking soon after. Shivers quickly spread up my body until my teeth were chattering and I was shuddering from head to toe. I held my arms tightly to my chest and sat wit...

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