Icing It Down

I went to a “mandatory” parent meeting for cross-country this week. Just before I left the house, Bella called out to me, “Coach says to bring your checkbook!”

Checkbook indeed. A couple hundred dollars later…

I don’t want to grumble too much, because I know how much time and energy a public school coach/teacher puts into her team, and she isn’t getting any of the money we’re forking over. Bella is training very seriously two hours a day, five days a week, and then competing on Saturdays. I fully appreciate the coach’s efforts.

The coach did share some interesting running tips. For instance, she swears by ice baths. She says that after every major running event or even an intense workout, she takes an ice bath. She enthusiastically championed ice baths for relieving all stiffness and muscle pain.

For an ice bath you fill your bathtub with six inches of cold water and then dump in one bag of ice from the grocery store (probably 7 pounds?).

Then get in the tub.

Coach says that she likes to wear her bathing suit bottoms and a hooded sweatshirt with the hood on, to help retain body heat in the rest of her body. That’s right, lower your body into the tub.

And sit there for 15-20 minutes.

Let me know how it goes.

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