Ugh. The ice bath. It is NOT fun, but it’s a great way to recover after a long run. I did ice bath and cold water baths all summer long as I was training but I haven’t done them this training cycle because it’s been SO COLD I couldn’t stomach the idea (read more here about the benefits of ice baths).
So, how do you deal with submerging yourself in cold water? Well, here are my tips:
- Dress the part. I can’t stomach an ice bath without shorts and a hoodie. And obvi,
- Get your supporting cast. I always make a cup of hot tea and either grab something good to read or put on some music. Usually both. This is not a pleasant thing, so do what you can to make it tolerable!
- Keep it short! 10-15 minutes is plenty to start. Now I usually go for 15-20 minutes, but start small!
Of course, the fact is cold water baths and ice baths suck. Regardless what you do, chances are you’ll still make this face…
Do you do ice baths? In the winter?