Heya folks, hope you had a good weekend with some fine running and other entertaining escapades. My weekend brought a recovery 6 on Saturday and then yesterday, a 14-miler w/5 progression to Half pace, closing a 61mi week.
The 14 went well, though the progression was peppered with that negative brain chatter I can’t seem to stop. “I’m afraid I can’t” or “I should be doing this better” does not help me, yet it’s constantly there for anything more than easy or recovery pace. So I beseech the Running Gods, “Please, please, let this cycle crack the plateau and give me back some confidence. Just a little something – like one of those runs I used to have where you’re going so fast but it feels mysteriously easy, or you average a wickedly low heart rate or gee I could do 3 more of those…something.” please?
Or another thing those ole Running Gods could do is get rid of my ankle annoyance, which disappeared while I was Ibuprofening my groin last week, but now that I’m au naturel, it’s back and ain’t going anywhere. Which leads me to this weekend’s entertaining little DIY project…
OK, so yeah, a bag of frozen peas makes a usable icepack. But my favorite ice pack ever was a slushy gel one – it molded perfectly to the body’s nooks and crannies and seemed colder than anything. Alas, I left it with Nick when we split, so lately I’ve been making do with a half-empty bag of crappy tasting green beans.
I’ve been wanting a proper ice pack, though – something sturdier and “real”, so I was looking around the web on Saturday and not liking the price tags on the fancy ones, when I happened upon a recipe for making your very own slush ice pack!
3 parts water and 1 part rubbing alcohol. That’s it!
Pour the mixture into a ziplock (with at least one other one around it for leak insurance) or better yet, and what I did, get one of those comic strip looking ice packs at the drugstore because they don’t leak or sweat like a Ziplock will. Stick it in the freezer overnight and voila!
Here’s my funny rubber icepack and some extra I put in a ziplock. It’s green because I got wintergreen rubbing alcohol. And it’s huge because I tried someone’s recipe of 2:1 which resulted in a very liquidy mix so I had to add a ton more water.
The rubber thing was definitely a good purchase ($11, but you can get them for 1/2 that online), it’s super sturdy and retains the cold well. As for attaching these (or any other ice packy thing) to a body part, I use a velcro IT Band strap I bought last year during my IT Band drama. It makes a good clincher, but you can use a scarf, too.
Little tip on the recipe: if you want it to be less slushy, increase the water ratio – for a softer pack, add more alcohol. Also, it’s toxic, so don’t go serving it in a daiquiri glass by mistake.