Sunday, March 22, 2009

My Longest Run EVER and First Ice Bath

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!

17 comments:

Melanie said...

i will definitely have to try one. Congrats on sticking it out for 7 minutes, and your 14 mile milestone! Awesome!

Abby said...

Awesome run!

Isn't that the best feeling ever, going further than you've ever gone before?

Kristin said...

Great job! I give you props for using three bags of ice! Are we talking like, store bought bags? If so that's a helluva ice bath!

I've always just used what we had in the freezer...I guess that isn't a true ice bath, eh?

Seriously though congrats on your longest run ever!!

Heather said...

That's awesome!!! I am waaay to much of a wimp to put actual bags of ice in my baths. I just stick with cold water.

What a great feeling!

Lisa said...

great job on your run! congrats on pushing through that milestone.

I am impressed at your ice bath. I tried my first one today but I only used 1 bag of ice from my freezer and went in my running tights. Baby steps.

I hope you are still feeling good.

MCM Mama said...

Good job on the run and the ice bath. I've only ever managed a cold water bath and it definitely helped. I don't manage it often though.

Carolina John said...

great long run! if you push the endurance a little bit at a time, slowly, you'll be amazed at how much fun it is to put in longer milages. My longest is 20 since I got screwed out of the myrtle beach marathon.

that ice bath sounds harsh! ouch.

Alisa said...

Holy cow...3 bags!? I'm lucky if I get two trays full of ice in the bath with me.

The first 30 seconds is usually rough but then it's smooth sailing, I love the numb feeling and I love that my legs don't feel nearly as sore.

Great job on the PR distance. I did 14 yesterday too!

aron said...

awesome job on the new distance PR!!!!

YAY for the ice bath :) glad it helped!!

Natalie D said...

way to go! 14 is awesome! and way to stick it out for the icebath!

Marlene said...

I know that pain in the ankles... owwie!

Congrats on your longest run ever! 14 miles! WOOHOO!

Kim said...

Something nice and warm to drink is always good and a magazine or good book doesn't hurt either.

Marcy said...

You are crazy! LMAO! OMG I don't think I'd ever be brave enough to try ice baths LOL

Brian said...

I envy you sooo much for takin an ice bath, I would scream for days, haha. AWESOME JOB on the 14!!

Middle-of-the-Pack Girl said...

I LOVE ice baths when running distances. What i used to do was sit in running clothes, wrapped in a really warm bathrobe. I'd just put bags of ice in the bathtub, no water. And sit there for about 20-30 minutes. Then call my husband to help me get out of the bathtub without killing myself. Can you imagine, having to yell, "help, I've fallen and I can't get up" under the age of 60?! :-)

lindsay said...

nice job on the 14 miler! congrats on a new long run 'pr'.

i am the same at ice bathing... i hop in, start feeling the pain, and get out. hop back in... hop out... i eventually get in for 20 minutes or so once its a lot 'warmer'. lol.

kilax said...

Awesome on doing a 14-miler!

I am afraid to try an ice bath. You're brave :)