Yesterday morning I had a 10 mile long run planned, but as I was driving out to run I kept thinking that I wanted to do more, maybe 12. Then I thought, Why not 14? The longest I've ever run is 13.1 in my 3 half-marathons, and if I can do that then I should be able to do 14. I had my fuel belt with 2 bottles of water and 2 Gatorade, a Gu, and a package of sour worms. I was doing an out and back, so I knew if I did 7 out then I would have to do 7 back so that's what I did. I had no major pains any time during the run, just the usual ache in my hips that I always get on longer runs. I ate the Gu at mile 7, and alternated drinking water and Gatorade every mile. I ate a couple sour worms (my favorite candy ever, so I decided to use it instead of Shot Blocs or Sport Beans) ever other mile. I finished up 14 in 2:35:40, most of my splits were in the 11:00-11:10 range.
Then I decided to take a cue from the Ice Queen and take my first ever ice bath. I put on bikini bottoms and a sweatshirt, ran cold bathwater then added 3 bags of ice. It HURT!! I was expecting biting, stinging cold but I was not expecting the excruciating bone pain in my ankles that it caused. I hopped out, then decided to try again. This time I managed to stick it out, and after another minute or two my ankles went numb, so I ended up with a total of 7 minutes in the ice bath. Today I am really glad I did, because my legs feel much better than I would expect them too after a 14 mile run. I can tell they ran long yesterday, but I'm not sore at all. Thanks Aron!