Several weeks ago I shared that I started running with Black Girls RUN! After my first run, my muscles were achy, tight and obstinate, so the day after my second run I immediately sought remedies for my muscle pain. I remembered a scene from The Biggest Loser where folks soaked their entire bodies in metal tubs with ice bobbing around.
I knew it was extreme, but the muscle aches had to cease. So after the Saturday morning BGR! long run I emptied the freezer tray into the bath while filling it with water, handle turned all the way to the right for the “coldest” setting. Was I really doing this? Yes, and it was so necessary. I eased into the tub, yelling “Owee-Ohhhhh!” The contrasting temperature was shocking, but eventually my body adjusted and it felt like a fresh dip in the stream.
Since then, I’ve run at least three days a week. It has been addictive in a great way. I’ve fit in runs before work, and it’s so invigorating to exercise and manage my stress and health surrounded by a group of women, all going in the same direction. The tangible results have been slow to appear, but the stress management is irreplaceable. The scale says I’ve lost four pounds, and then I gained it back, so I haven’t quite matched my diet changes to the progress I’ve made on the fitness side, and that’s okay for now.