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Ice Baths

Posted Aug 01 2011 9:05pm

I'm wearing Turquoise and Caicos by Essie on my toes.
So I'm taking my first ice bath - yup, I'm blogging from the bathtub - and it's not as bad as I had feared. Ice baths help your legs recover after races, as well as long or difficult workouts. I also learned tonight that they can be helpful prior to races (thanks Miami!) and I plan on taking some before my marathons.

Making an ice bath is rather simple. Buy a bag of ice, dump it in your bathtub, and add enough cold water to cover your legs. Then get in for twenty minutes. I'm wearing a bikini bottom to protect my lady bits from frostbite, but that's up to you.

Helpful tip: If you have a faucet with a cold only handle, one bag of ice should suffice. However, if you have a temperature control handle, get two because the slightly warmer water is going to melt the ice.
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