Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Do you Ice?
Well, I’m glad to see from all of my comments that no one was grossed out on my post yesterday. I think that Jesse put it best when he said: And yes, as a running blogger you are allowed to talk about any and all bodily functions that occur immediately before, during, or after a run.” Good times people!! However, in light of this, I feel like I should be honest about my pace. The pace that I quoted did not include the “bathroom break”, so I would have actually been a little slower on my pace. Not much mind you; I didn’t sit out there with a magazine or anything, but it still would have been a little slower. I realize that I will not be able to turn off my timing chip, so I need to start leaving the Garmin on when I take potty breaks, so that I can get a true time on my marathon. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to pause the timing chip every time you stopped to venture into the porta potty? I realize that you would get a few cheaters who would pause it and then not turn it back on and then run a sub 3 hour marathon instead of a 6 hour. How about a pausing mat in every porta potty that would pause the chip when you go in and turns it back on when you go out?
Ok, well you can see that I have way too much time on my hands during my rest week. I actually feel pretty good and my legs feel great, which is nice. Immediately after my 20 miler on Sunday, I drove home and the first thing that I did was dump a whole ice maker full of ice cubes into a bathtub of cold water. Rick and Madison looked at me like I was insane as I proceeded to climb into the tub in a sweatshirt, coat, hat, mittens, and bikini briefs. I yelped a little, but my legs soon got used to the cold and sat and shivered for the next 10 minutes. Yes, I’m a fan of Cryotherapy or cold therapy. Are you a fan? If not, you should be. 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.
Please note: I obviously stole this last sentence from a website; I didn’t make it up. I’m not that smart.
Yep, I truly believe that this is the reason why my legs feel so good. I didn’t ice after my 18 miler and my legs felt like crap for a week. Also, make yourself something hot to sip on while searing your skin with frostbite like hot chocolate, tea, or coffee. Don’t be like me, I sat in the tub of ice and enjoyed a nice, cold, diet Mountain Dew. I told you I wasn’t that smart.