I have failed.
Well, that is not entirely true. I have come up with a bunch of names that I don't like, or that other people don't like. But, so far, I haven't hit upon anything that makes me happy, speaks to who I am and what I am trying to accomplish (better than Tales anyway), is original enough, and is pleasing to other people's ears.
Why change the name? Well, it's a long story, and maybe I'll get into that another time. What's pertinent here, however, is that it has crossed my mind on several occasions to somehow work "injury" into the title. You know, something like: The Injury-Prone Runner; The Wounded Runner; Tripping Down the Trails; or Run, Injure, Recover, Repeat....
|Cryocup - Cryo Therapy, Inc.|
When you hurt and you need to ice something, there are a couple of ways to go about it. One way is the typical ice pack. They sell them in stores, you can use frozen peas, you can make your own (by mixing water and rubbing alcohol in a sturdy bag), or you can even get one as a freebie in a marathon goodie bag - like this one:
These are good, of course, but their downside is they take time. You need to have the time to sit for fifteen to twenty minutes to let the icing take effect.
On the other hand, what I prefer (especially if time is short), is the ice massage. By rubbing the injured area directly with ice for five minutes or as long as you can stand, (you don't want to give yourself frostbite!) you can get a nice icing of the area and a self-massage all at the same time. With the types of soft-tissue/tendon injuries that I seem prone to, this works really well for me.
So, how to go about doing an ice massage? Well, up until a month or so ago, I always either used an ice cube wrapped in tissue (so I didn't freeze my fingers) or a dixie cup of frozen water (peel top half of cup down and use).
The problem with these two options is that they are messy, and it's not long before the ice melts away and you are left with nothing.
Then, one day in my PT's office, PT #1 pulled out a Cryocup to ice my patellar tendon area. Immediately, my eyes lit up, my mouth said "Ooooooooo," and my brain said "Must have."
I ended up buying myself two from my PT's office. (I don't know why, because - as it turns out - one of these lasts forever.) And, due to the extreme generosity of the office, they have given me two to give away.
Seriously, I love the folks at Peak Performance Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine. If you are local to Northeast Wisconsin and have a sports-related - or other injury - I highly recommend them! (They also do running clinics!) If you're not local, check them out anyway. They have some cool videos linked from their website demonstrating various strength exercises every runner should be doing. They're so easy to follow, even I can do them!
So, back to the Cryocup. I know you are just sitting on pins and needles wondering how it works. Well, it's simple really. The Cryocup comes in two parts. You stack them together.
Fill with water.
Easy. When you want to use it, you pull it out of the freezer, remove the top half (with the ice on it) and use it.
|You might need to run it under water to|
loosen and pull apart.
|Here's mine after a good month of use.|
Like the way it has shaped itself to my
shin area - where my injury was?
When done, you stick it back in the cup and put back in the freezer. There is no paper mess. The ice doesn't all melt away to a nubby nothing during your ice massage session. And, you can use it over and over again before needing to redo it. I am in love.
So, how does the giveaway work? Well, like the usual ones, except this time I shamelessly stole some ideas from some other bloggers, so there will be ways for you to enter more than once.
To enter for a chance to win:
- Leave a comment here telling me why you think this might be useful for you.
For additional entries to win:
- Like Peak Performance's Facebook page and leave a comment telling me you did
- Follow this blog and leave a comment telling me you did (If you already follow, then - what the heck - tell me that and I'll throw in another entry just for that)
- Like my Facebook page and leave a comment here telling me you did
- Let people know about the contest via blog, Facebook, Twitter, any other cool sites I don't know about and let me know you did.
That's it! The contest will close on Monday, May 14. I will pick two lucky winners via random.org, and I will announce them here on Tuesday, May 15.
In the meantime, happy running!
Picture of the day:
|We celebrated E.'s "un-birthday" at school this week|
with these beautiful little cupcakes made up by Festival.