Ice baths are magic! I ran nine miles pretty hard and feel great now..like I could go do nine more. I am ready for washington half. Bring it!
The way you set up an ice bath is get two+ bags of ice from store. fill up tub with cold water. sit in cold water to acclimate. then add the ice. too hard to get into the water if you add ice first. Sit there for 15-20 min. Then take a nice warm shower to warm up the skin and muscle, but not long enough to warm up into the joints. That’s how i do it anyway.
The secret to tolerating an ice bath is bundling up your core with fleece jacket and hat! Hey, notice anything interesting in the picture below? I’ll post more about that later!