hot bath cold bath ??

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09/12/2009 at 12:12

ive heard so many prople say ice bath after a run and also a hot bath ??, which is best as ive still got this annoying pain in my lower legs almost all the time it feels bruised and hurts when i walk on both legs mainly around the front of the shin and just next to the calf muscle.

maybe im not stretching enough or not recovering properly , i work 6 on 4 off and i run once in the six days on and im on my feet all day at work then on my 4 off i will run too , who knows someone shed some light as i have 3 races coming up soon.

 are my new muscles growing?

too much running?

do i need a muscle recovery drink?

its getting me down!!

09/12/2009 at 14:14

On the baths aspect...

I have never tried an ice bath and don't really have any desire to either! However, (for me personally anyway) I do swear by a hot bath. I also use some muscle soak stuff. Raddox do some bath salts which are under £1 and tesco do a muscle soak 'bubble bath' also under £1.

Whenever my muscles are sore or tight after a long run I have one of those baths, soak in it for as long as I want and also just gently massage the sore areas. Go to bed and the next morning I feel sooo much better.

I don't know if that will help with your problem but just letting you know what works for me.

Is it the muscle on the shin (tibias anterior?) or could it be shin splints?

Camlo    pirate
09/12/2009 at 14:22

I'm with K8- never had an ice bath & don't want to but they are raved about so perhaps an ice pack on your 'sore bits' would help straight after your run.

I'm certainly no expert but another idea - could you be running too fast ? if so you would feel better if you ran more frequently but had recovery / slower runs ?

09/12/2009 at 14:25

A hot bath is not a good idea straight after a run, it can increase inflammation. An ice bath is not as bad as it sounds (not quite, anyway!), you just have to remember to put yourself in the bath first, then the water, than the ice, otherwise it's really unpleasant.

My boyfriend regularly ice baths (freak!) and he convinced me to try it while marathon training. I was surprised that it really did help me to recover quicker.

Having said that I saved it for after the really long runs only. I didn't enjoy it *that* much!

09/12/2009 at 14:47
Can I go for middle of the road and say straight after a race/strenuous run it should be lukewarm?
09/12/2009 at 14:53

No Wej!

You *have* to take sides or we can't have a proper fight about it

09/12/2009 at 15:32
No, but really - that's what I was always told!
09/12/2009 at 16:24

Ice bath? Where do you get the ice from? How much do you put in? How long do you have to stay in?  Sounds horrible!

hot bath + radox + glass of wine for me!

09/12/2009 at 16:39

I've used cold baths after long runs and they definitely help recovery. I haven't quite braved putting ice in them yet, I figure the water temp is pretty cold anyway and seems adequate to me.

That said they aren't that enjoyable and unless it's a very hot day it can be pretty hard to climb into a freezing cold bath (especially if you're cold and wet and covered in mud after a boggy trail run).

I use a hot bath if I'm feeling stiff from a run the day before or something, helps loosen my muscles up etc.

09/12/2009 at 16:56

My muscles would have to be in pretty bad shape for me to brave a cold bath or even worse ice bath!

I like my baths so hot that I come out looking like a lobster!

I think it's just a case of finding what works best for you. I'm all for hot but then that I haven't got the guts to try an ice bath to give a fair comparison.

09/12/2009 at 17:03
Yorkshire Rob wrote (see)
 unless it's a very hot day it can be pretty hard to climb into a freezing cold bath (especially if you're cold and wet and covered in mud after a boggy trail run).

That's why you need to get in the bath first, THEN run the water. Once you've started to go numb from the cold you dump the ice in. By then it doesn't feel much different!

It's not that bad really. I'm not mental - honest!

09/12/2009 at 17:11
k8green i think you could be right it might be that muscle , i done a 10k race 2 weeks ago and no pain , i then gave it a week and ran 10 miles no pain and then 1 week later this pain as soon as my foot hitthe floor the only way i can describe it, is when i touch it , it feels bruised or tender and when i squat down thats horrific pain , and it feels like my shins feel bruised, it comes and goes
09/12/2009 at 17:30
Another vote here for the ice bath - does seem to help the legs recover, although I haven't had one for a while.  It takes some persuasion to consciously make it shrivel up like that.
09/12/2009 at 17:39

I had a very bad calf pain after my track session last night.  I had a 15 minute cold bath today and now the pain has gone!  I don't think that would have happened with a hot bath...

I fill the bath waist high with cold water, don a woolly hat, get a cup of tea and get in and quickly sit down.  If I'm having an ice bath I get my assistant to pour in 2-3 big bags of ice when I'm sitting in the bath.  I never spend more than 15 minutes in a cold or ice bath.  It's shocking when you first get in but after a couple of minutes the torture isn't too bad.  The secret is to sit perfectly still as if you move around, the water will touch bits of skin that are still nice and warm and this will result in the air turning blue - again!  

I'd recommend anyone with an injury/ache/pain to try a cold bath - it will definitely help to get rid the problem.

09/12/2009 at 17:45
Another approach if its just your shin thats sore would be to use a bucket/bin (depending how high up the ache is) full of cold water.  That way you dont have to experience the full ice effect.
09/12/2009 at 17:47

I'll jump in the ice/cold bath for 15mins every Sunday, straight after long run. What's this about getting in the bath first then putting the water in? No chance. Fill the bath, wrap a towel around top half and jump in. You can usually hear me yelling from half way down the street.

This time of year you don't need ice in it. It's about 3-4 degrees anyway. Add ice in summer.

You should avoid hot baths straight after a run.

09/12/2009 at 18:13
Jokerman wrote (see)

You can usually hear me yelling from half way down the street.

That's exactly what it's like when I get in!
09/12/2009 at 18:28
Dan I find that ice on my legs after running makes my muscles even tighter.I stretch excesively before a run!!!!! as well as after. On a rest day I generaly swim at the gym and try to massage and stretch my calves in the steam room when the muscles are nice and warm. I have suffered from shin splints for years and have tried evreything I would say that this is my longest period without them so I must be doing something right. Good luck.
09/12/2009 at 18:47

There's always one! .

Icing and stretching are 2 separate things ...Stretching straight after a run is good for you. Then ice, to stop any inflammation.

09/12/2009 at 18:54

When I started running I used to love a freezing shower afterward.

Now it's winter, I'm normallt numb, I take a luke warm bath to stop getting hypothermia. It really needs to be very cool as I can't tell the temperature and even cool hurts.

The hot bath comes before bed. A nice warm soak. Bliss.

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