It's been about three weeks since I started a return to running program. The goal is to start with a run/walk, gradually progressing to a continued run, then increasing my distance. I'm up to about a mile and a half run/walk with no pain. I'm happy with my progress (as slow as it may be) mainly because I don't want to over do it and have a major tendinitis flare up. Cooler fall weather has introduced itself here in Chicago. I love, even prefer running in cooler weather. I'll continue to retrain outdoors as long as I can. I've been massaging and icing my foot at least once every day. It's convenient that I have a desk job and can sit with a bag of ice on my foot and go unnoticed. However, since I prefer to run outdoors, I've had to carry ice with me for post work icings. I've learned it's most effective to ice immediately after a work out. So if I run after work near my office, or at the nearby track, I've got to carry ice with me. At the Chicago marathon race expo, I picked up a sample of Arctic Ease Cryotherapy wrap. I tried it out for the first time Friday evening post an after work run/walk. I wrapped it around my heel and ankle, and drove home. It worked out perfect much better than sitting in my car and icing for 15 minutes, or waiting to ice until after my 30 minute drive home. It molds to whatever body part you choose to wrap, it's reusable, and doesn't require refrigeration. It much more convenient than carrying bags of ice in a cooler. I'm on the hunt for other convenient icing solutions for runners on the go!
***11/16 Update, my sample size wrap dried out after four uses. I'm not sure if I will buy a full size wrap. Remembering to rehydrate and seal after each use is almost as cumbersome as remembering to pack ice for runs***