As some of you guys will know I hurt my ankle a few weeks back (just after graduating) and this has been my first week back. Ankle has been holding up, just the slightest of twinges after a 5k 31 minute run yesterday, however as often happens (I believe) because I have been injured I decided to get a different pain, this time in my hip. (Illiac crest I think). Was sore all day yesterday, but not 'gait changing' when running so figured it'd be okay... when I got home after the run I assessed legs and found ankle twinging, kneee hurting slightly (usual) and hip burning.... ummm cold bath i thought, that will ice all those bits at once! (my bloody impateince coming to the rescue again)
HOLY COW! I have never been into self harm, but should I take it up in the future.... the cold bath is the way forward! I didnt actual put any ice in it but water was FREEZING any way.... got in yelped, gritted teeth, swore, got out. Then thought - it won't be so bad 2nd time in, so got back in and lasted 15 minutes in there... it was flipping freezing though and my toes were soooooooooo cold. On the plus side ankle hip and knee did all seem to benefit from it though!
Felt v strange when I got out, legs all tingerly! Not sure I'll be doing that again anytime soon, but maybe after a long race....
(Oh yes, kept jumper on too whilst in there... and had cup of tea)