Well, I think the title says it all. Yesterday, I got frostbite. In the summer. Oh how do you ask? Well, it’s really quite a funny story…
You know how when you ice everybody tells you to put something between the ice pack and your skin? Well I finally figured out why. BECAUSE YOU CAN GET FROSTBITE.
Yes, you can get frostbite from an ice pack that has only been on your body for 15 minutes. (Am I the only one who didn’t really know this information?) I thought this kind of stuff only happened when you were stuck in the snow or out in the wild on Mount Everest.
I’ve been icing injuries for 7+ years and never once have I had something like this happen. The scariest thing is that I didn’t notice that my skin was slowly freezing. I figured when you get frostbite it is this terribly uncomfortable numbness and you KNOW something is wrong. That wasn’t the case for me, my skin burned a little bit after a few minutes of putting the ice pack on, but it wasn’t something that caused me any alarm.
Time for alarm. Note: this is my shin after rewarming the area.
Well of course as soon as I realized what was happening, I frantically Googled. Here’s what I came up with:
How to Identify If You have Frostbite
- Your skin will look pale/white/yellowish/gray (probably with red skin around it).
- Your skin may be hard/frozen (like defrosting chicken <——- you’re welcome for that visual)
- Commence to freak the f@$% out
So I Froze My Leg, What Happens Now?
1. Rewarm the area
This should be done in by soaking in a bath that is between 104-108 degrees Fahrenheit. If you don’t have a bath around, then you should try to share body heat with another person or your own body, to the affected area. Don’t use dry heat such as a heating pad! Wrap it up in blankets and hope for the best. There may be some swelling. This is from your old frozen/dead cells rewarming and exploding (thank God I didn’t seem to have any swelling).
2. Seek medical attention
I skipped this step. I don’t think I need medical attention, but I’m keeping a close eye on the area. This morning it still seemed a little red and I have some pain in that leg (not sure if it’s from the frostbite or shin splints….I’m a mess) but if it continues to hurt tomorrow, I’m going to see the doctor.
3. You may get blisters
Just like with a heat burn, sometimes you may get blisters that will form within 72 hours of getting frostbite.
4. Your skin may turn black
Because it’s DEAD! Because you KILLED IT. Commence freak out again!!!!
Once again, if your skin is turning BLACK if you haven’t already gotten medical attention, this is pretty much the end of the “I’ll fix it myself” road.
Well, I hope we all learned some very important lessons from that. Moving on with our lives, here’s how training went this week:
Totally just realized I didn’t change the dates for this! It was 7/14-7/20 Ooops! :)
This week went pretty well with my training. My 6 miles yesterday went really well! I got to run in the suburbs since I was visiting my sister, so I got to run a bunch of hills (I actually really like running hills). I took it nice and slow and stayed around a 10:30 mile pace for each mile. I also only stopped once for about 2 minutes after the 4th mile (yayyyyy). I needed a run like this one. My long runs have been going so poorly that it was awesome finally having a run go really well! Hopefully this week will see more of the same!
Have you ever dealt with any icing-related mishap? Are you an urban or suburban runner? Hills or flat?