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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Ice ice baby

I know you are distracted by the smiley face of sweat on my shirt or the fact that my socks are mismatched or maybe because the shade of my face is a completely different than the rest of my body....but, I am holding a bowl of ice.

That's right I love me some ice bath.  Best way to prevent injuries in help those muscles recover.
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I ran 15 miles this morning on the treadmill.....it was still raining this morning but it is now finally cleared up. Then I took an ice bath.  15 minutes.

1% incline 2:02.  The second half of my run, a 65 year old man got on the treadmill next to me and starting asking why I was running so long.  I told him about Boston and he said that is what he thought and that he was going this April too.  He just ran St. George two months ago in 3:20!! I want to be like that when I am 65!

He was so sweet and we talked for an hour while running about Boston, training and our love for running. The time flew by.

I came home to breakfast made for me by none other than the husband of the year.  He even took these pictures and photoshopped them together.

I am beginning to get suspicious, he is being too perfect.

Nothing has ever tasted so good after a long run.
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Breakfast burrito with a fruit bowl on the side (with yogurt, some pb and grape nuts sprinkled on top).

I used to not be able to eat for hours after a long run because I would feel nauseated but I think my stomach has gotten used to it and I could eat a whole pie the second I finish running.


Can you eat after you exercise or after a long run?
-Hand over the krispy kremes.


Do you ice or take ice baths?
-I get excited for them now because I know how much good they do.


What are you doing today?  Only two more days till Christmas!!

55 Comments:

At December 23, 2010 at 3:21 PM , Blogger Amanda@runninghood said...

Wow, I want to be like him when I'm in my 60's. I can eat anytime. I have never had an ice bath but I will next long long run. We just got home from the zoo and getting hot chocolate and coffee! Merry Christmas Janae!

 
At December 23, 2010 at 3:21 PM , Blogger Julie @ Hotlegs Runner said...

I wanna be like him too when I'm 65. Hmmm...actually I can't wait that long. Can I be like him on my next marathon in two months? hahaah!

I do take ice baths but since it's been raining and really cold, I just go sit in our swimming pool where the water is also very cold ;p

today I am grocery shopping for our food tomorrow night (Christmas eve) and earlier I started Part 1 of our Filipino Christmas traditions on my blog. =)

 
At December 23, 2010 at 3:22 PM , Blogger J said...

2 hours on the treadmill! That is pretty insane! Nice job! I really have to be careful of what I eat after a run. I usually can't do dairy after a run.... It's not pretty. But I agree with you that I think the stomach adapts!

I used to get in the cold tub in the training room at my college when I ran track. It really did work. Now I just don't take the time.

Today I am sitting on the couch. I got up at 5am and ran at the gym then worked half a day so I feel I can be lazy. I still have to pack since I am leaving tomorrow morning for brians parents house.

 
At December 23, 2010 at 3:24 PM , Blogger Holly said...

I have never taken an ice bath, I'm just lucky to get a shower after!! I want to live vicariously through you! We have been sick here all week and so I haven't been to the gym since last Saturday, and won't be there until at least Monday!!! Hopefully this time off will do me some good before I start training again for my 10M and 1/2 M!!! Merry Christmas!!

 
At December 23, 2010 at 3:25 PM , OpenID fitchocoholic said...

Today I spent time with my beest friend!!!!
Oh and I can eat any time of the day....

 
At December 23, 2010 at 3:38 PM , OpenID runyogarepeat said...

Wow, 15 miles on the treadmill. You go girl! At least you had someone to talk to. I'm making dough balls (in the oven now!), then heading to a Christmas party.

 
At December 23, 2010 at 3:47 PM , Blogger Regina said...

Wow, 15 miles! I'd love to be a runner- you might have to give me tips on how to start.
You have such a great hubby- you are very lucky!

Today I am running around frantically trying to get everything done before everyone arrives tomorrow. Still baking, trying to clean my house, keep my sanity, etc. I think wine might be in order :)
Merry Christmas!

 
At December 23, 2010 at 3:50 PM , Blogger Kristin said...

I can eat right after a run but usually wait about an hour. After biking I could eat a small dog. I love ice baths for the recovery properties, but hate getting into that tub! Today I'm traveling and it has not been smooth, but I'm at the wine bar at Detroit airport sipping some pink bubbly, enjoying the wifi and forgetting about the day I've had so far. Happy Holidays!

 
At December 23, 2010 at 3:50 PM , Blogger Nicole said...

Wow, 15 on the treadmill? Old people are so sweet, especially at the gym.

 
At December 23, 2010 at 3:53 PM , Blogger Jamie Pickle said...

I have never taken an ice bath but when I hurt my ankle I was forced to ice it in a bucket of water and ice and then walk around on it. I was told Epson salt baths work for muscles, I wonder if it has the same effect.

 
At December 23, 2010 at 3:53 PM , OpenID marathonmaiden said...

i've never taken an ice bath before. i've contemplated it lots of times and even walked halfway to the store to buy some ice. but nope. no ice bath!

 
At December 23, 2010 at 3:59 PM , OpenID sweettoothrunner.com said...

Urgh I've never taken an ice bath, and never want to either! I'm too chicken! :P
Wow 65 years old and 3.20! My idol!! After you of course! ;)
I can eat after I exercise, but I'm never really hungry for quite a while. Then it hits me like a cannonball!

 
At December 23, 2010 at 4:01 PM , Blogger ~Jessica~ said...

I haven't taken an ice bath, but given my many injuries perhaps I should. I just never have time after running these days, though I honestly need to MAKE the time ~ what's fifteen minutes of shivering for weeks of pain-free running, right?

15 miles on the treadmill is awesome. I have nothing else to say about that.

Depending on how hard I've pushed myself, I can either eat my own arm or can't stand the sight of food after a long run. I usually run before breakfast, so I'm hangry afterwards. But if I run after, or race particularly hard, my tum is usually a bit 'off' for the rest of the day. Catches up with me the day after though and I am a ravenous beast once again.

 
At December 23, 2010 at 4:15 PM , Blogger Caroline said...

where in So Cal are you to have rain today?
went out for a run in the nice sunshine!!!

no ice bath....yet but when I hit 10 miles I will..

today getting the house ready for my parents who arrive in 4 hours!!!

 
At December 23, 2010 at 4:20 PM , Blogger Kate said...

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At December 23, 2010 at 4:21 PM , Blogger Kate said...

You're amazing. That older man is amazing.

Just a whole lot of awesomeness up in that gym today! :)

 
At December 23, 2010 at 4:24 PM , Blogger Matt said...

You need to be doing those runs outside. I have no idea how you can run for two hours on a treadmill and not want to put a bullet through your brain. LOL.

 
At December 23, 2010 at 4:29 PM , Blogger Eat, Watch, Run said...

I get nauseated too, but I usually try to have a protein shake after a long run. Drinking something is usually easier than eating.

I've never iced though. I don't know that I ever feel sore enough to. But I haven't run over 13.1 miles either.

 
At December 23, 2010 at 4:33 PM , Blogger trailmomma said...

Chocolate SILK after my ultra runs or training for ultras is amazing and easy on the stomach.

Ice baths for me usually involve me standing waist high in my pool. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr but you can't deny the results. Follow your ice bath with compression socks and your recovery will even BETTER!

 
At December 23, 2010 at 4:47 PM , OpenID kitkatkateblog said...

Your husband IS husband of the year! Haha, that breakfast looks so good! 15 miles, chica, I think my knee caps would pop off! You're an amazing inspiration. :)

 
At December 23, 2010 at 4:49 PM , Blogger See.Kate.Run said...

15 minute ice bath Yikes!! Is it 1 minute for every mile? 65 and sub 4 marathons.. that really rocks!! The food on on your blog always looks amazing.

 
At December 23, 2010 at 4:53 PM , Blogger racing dawn said...

i can honestly only get a protein shake down after a long run. talk to me about two hours after though and i'm ready to go out for a steak dinner!

i'm working on enjoying ice baths. i've only done them after marathons - not long runs...

craziness is happening around here for the next day and a half. it always comes together tho...

:)

merry christmas friend

 
At December 23, 2010 at 4:59 PM , OpenID thechaseproject.com said...

I usually am starved after long runs but for some strange reason TODAY of all days I felt nauseated after my 12 miler! I drank some coke and it seemed to help. It might have something to do with the enchilada I had for lunch.

 
At December 23, 2010 at 5:06 PM , Blogger Stacie said...

Congrats on the long run. I've never had an ice bath yet. Pretty hard to accomplish since I'm so tall.

As for food after a long run, it depends on the race. It usually takes an hour or so to want to eat any large amount of food.

I tagged you on my blog today :)

 
At December 23, 2010 at 5:12 PM , Blogger Jogging with Fiction said...

I usually eat like a half an hour after I run, otherwise I don't feel so hot.

I'm doing a whole lot of baking today to prepare for tomorrow and Saturday. But now I have all kinds of baked goods in the kitchen that i can't eat!!

 
At December 23, 2010 at 5:51 PM , Blogger XLMIC said...

I totally thought by your title that you were going to treat us to a video of you and Billy doing a Vanilla Ice imitation... or something like that! lol

I can eat after a hard workout/long run/whenever... the only time I can't eat is when I am either sick or distracted by too much to do.

Ice bath... YES! I remember just loving those back when I was putting in long-mileage runs. They helped SO much!

 
At December 23, 2010 at 6:02 PM , Blogger Mary Allison said...

I want to eat right after a shower! I wish I was one of those people who did not get devastatingly HUNGRY!

 
At December 23, 2010 at 6:13 PM , Blogger Stephanie said...

I am always nauseous after a long run, it takes me several hours to get food down. I am an ice bath fan, usually 15 miles and longer, but sometimes for shorter ones if I ran really hard!

 
At December 23, 2010 at 6:30 PM , Blogger Carrie said...

Awesome run!! :)
I've never had an ice bath...I'm a wimp when it comes to being cold. Which is terrible considering I'm probably one of your most northerly blog friends. I need to get over it, because I've read nothing but good things about them.
I eat immediately after my run. I've been known to end a long run at Starbucks for a spinach feta wrap and smoothie. Okay, so maybe I did that every single long run this summer. But sooo good!
Today I got home! And ate and slept and wrapped gifts :)

 
At December 23, 2010 at 7:10 PM , Blogger One Crazy Penguin said...

Man, where do I get me a husband like that!?!

Sounds like it was a great run :)

 
At December 23, 2010 at 7:29 PM , Blogger Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Nice run girl! 15 MILES!! You are so freakin fast!! Having something like Boston to train for has to be so motiviating! How awesome!

I used ice baths after long runs in marathon training...they are so worth the numb toes.

Can I rent Billy? Running and breakfast prepared?! And photoshop expertise!

 
At December 23, 2010 at 8:36 PM , Blogger Jenna Renee said...

15 miles?! Good for you! :) I need to get back in a running routine! I have done the ice bath thing a few times, but it's not so enjoyable for me. LOL

 
At December 23, 2010 at 8:59 PM , OpenID lauravirginia said...

And you said I have skinny legs - ha! You are a running machine... teach me your ways! Hehe. :) It takes about 30 minutes for me to stomach food after a lunch run. After any other form of exercise, bring it on! I have never taken an ice bath... mostly because I am a big wimp!

 
At December 23, 2010 at 9:00 PM , Blogger Life as a Convert (Khourt) said...

I cant eat before a run but I can eat after.. And I dont do ice.. Im anal about being cold.

 
At December 23, 2010 at 9:24 PM , OpenID dorrybird said...

You are so, so cute. The longest I've ever run was the half marathon...and I had no appetite for hours - I was on cloud nine. But I made myself eat a little something for recovery. I've NEVER taken an ice bath, but I know I should. How many miles merits an ice bath?? I'd never foam rolled until your video convinced me to, so I think an ice bath is up next.

 
At December 23, 2010 at 9:34 PM , Blogger Jenn said...

Mismatched socks-ha! I swear the combinations of clothing I put together when I'm at home on my treadmill are just plain scary. Even sweaty you're adorable!

15 miles AWESOME! With company-even better!

I've never taken an ice bath. You would think perhaps after a torn hamstring and a broken hip I would perhaps make time for this.....

I have no problem eating after long runs or during them for that matter. I don't eat too well after a race though. I always promise myself I'm gonna have ALL this good stuff when I cross the finish line (Swedish fish, hot tamales etc.) but I never really want anything. I woke up at 4 am the morning after Boston and ate almost a whole pizza though! Joe just sat there gawking at me (I wasn't sharing!)

20 page comment over! Have a Merry Christmas!

 
At December 23, 2010 at 9:37 PM , OpenID twentysixandthensome.com said...

A) Awesome job on the treadmill! B) Billy and Chicken Face should chat. C) Such a cute old man! You should have snapped a pic and told him you'd put him on your blog and he'll be FAMOUS! ;)

 
At December 23, 2010 at 9:49 PM , Blogger Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

I can eat, but if it's over 16 I need some club soda first. And I'll probably cramp later, too. Yuck. Just thinking about it makes me want to swear off running forever, maybe. Maybe not.

 
At December 23, 2010 at 9:55 PM , Blogger Savannah said...

I can't eat anything warm, but cold cereal or popsicles or anything like that works for me.

As far as ice baths, I know I should - but I don't. Maybe as the long runs for this half get longer, I will.

 
At December 23, 2010 at 10:45 PM , Blogger ShortSkirts said...

Well I have yet to hit that kind of distance running, I'm just starting out with distance running, goodness knows I do enough of it sporadically during ultimate, but I generally want to eat a snack like 20 minutes after a run. I love plain yogurt and fruit.

But after ultimate frisbee tournaments I get ravenous and want to eat everything in front of me, mostly because i subsist on gatorade and shot blocks the whole day.

 
At December 23, 2010 at 11:58 PM , Blogger Slomohusky said...

i have several postings devoted to the simple benefits of ice to all of us runners.

Merry Christmas Janae!

 
At December 24, 2010 at 1:30 AM , OpenID whatkateiscooking said...

I avoided taking an ice bath for a really long time, and then the time I ran 20 miles, I got my ice all ready only to discover I didn't have a plug for my bath tub! I've still never taken one...

 
At December 24, 2010 at 4:44 AM , Blogger Pam said...

Billy sure does seem to be sucking up quite a bit these days!

I have no problem eating after a long run. I'm usually famished after anything over 10.

I took my first ice bath during marathon training this fall. I put it off until I got up to 16 miles and longer, but it really did seem to help. Made a believer out of me!

I worked all day yesterday (boo!!!!) then me and D finished up the last of the Christmas shopping (I know, about time, right?) and met up with some friends that are back in town for the holidays for some grub and some Christmas cheer.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!!!

 
At December 24, 2010 at 4:54 AM , Blogger Maria said...

I can handle a spray with cold water in the shower, but not an ice bath! But then the furthest I have run is 13.1 miles- perhaps when I run further I will need it more!
I dont get hungry after a run (I would have a clif bar or something and that would satisfy me), but if I dont eat I get an energy crash later on so I make sure I eat properly. :)

 
At December 24, 2010 at 7:02 AM , Blogger Big Daddy Diesel said...

You look a little too happy with that ice!!!

- I take ice baths, I also hate ice baths, they HURT!!! ALOT!!! I also use compression and foam roll alot as well

- I am working today

- I got your card, thank you

- Merry Christmas

 
At December 24, 2010 at 7:16 AM , OpenID girlevolving.com said...

You're too cute!

I haven't ever taken an ice bath. I'm a baby. Instead, I go for a short run the day after a long run to shake out my legs. Sometimes it feels just as painful?

 
At December 24, 2010 at 7:22 AM , OpenID flyrunner said...

That was so nice of your husband to take pics and photoshop them for you. :) I love ice bath benefits as well. I also have no problem eating post-long run. In fact, I usually feel awful if I don't.

 
At December 24, 2010 at 7:51 AM , Blogger Mamarunsbarefoot said...

I'm usually starving after a run! I drink a recovery drink first. Your 15 miler on the treadmill makes me look like a whimp :).

I haven't iced my legs in a while, but I will be soon being my miles are going to creep up.

Today?? Laundry, cleaning.. no way am I going to the store!

Merry Christmas!!!!

 
At December 24, 2010 at 8:00 AM , Blogger Mallory said...

That's awesome about the guy at the gym! What a cute old guy! And Billy, wow, he sure is being nice and supportive. That's so wonderful! It's nice when spouses/significant others are so thoughtful like that and take interest in what you're doing. He sounds like an amazing man! I struggle to eat after long runs most of the time. I am not a fan of ice baths. I just get too cold. But sometimes I would take a cold bath after long runs, it was all I could manage! It's Christmas Eve now and I have the day off, finally. I slept in and I will be running outside in a bit. Later is dinner with my in-laws!

 
At December 24, 2010 at 8:31 AM , Blogger sdralphs said...

I JUST READ THE POST WHERE BILLY GAVE YOU HIS RUNNING PRESENT AND I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU! What a keeper you have. That is awesome. I am pretty much in the middle of nowhere in Idaho with no cell service and the internet finally started working, so I feel a bit more civilized. I love that you are having a blast and your inlaws seem amazing. I cannot wait to catch up when we get back!

 
At December 24, 2010 at 9:19 AM , Blogger Running Mama x5 said...

I tried an ice bath once and I was completely unsuccessful. Need to try again. I don't each much after a long run. Not because I don't feel good, but I"m not hungry for a while. Merry Christmas, nice 15 on the TM

 
At December 24, 2010 at 9:29 AM , Blogger MuncherCruncher said...

You're amazing girl. It looks like you guys are having so much fun in Cali. Merry Christmas!!! Miss you :)

 
At December 24, 2010 at 11:21 AM , Blogger Liz said...

I think I always read your posts a day late - 1 day til Christmas now! I'm baking and working out a ton to prep for those calories!

I looooved ice baths when I was training for the marathon this past fall. Now that I'm a gym rat for the winter, I haven't taken any. Maybe I should keep doing it though. It helps so much!

 
At December 24, 2010 at 12:48 PM , OpenID cleaneatingchelsey.com said...

I've never taken an ice bath - too cold for my liking! I think Billy is up to something....

 
At December 24, 2010 at 1:07 PM , Blogger Nicole said...

nice job on the run lady!!!

 

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