Yesterday afternoon I set off to run 14 miles as part of my Chicago Marathon training plan.
The farthest I have ever run in my life.
Before this long run I had only ever run a half marathon – 13.1 miles – so every step after that mile marker on my Garmin was a new PDR for me.
It is an exciting feeling going distances I never really thought I would conquer. Before signing up for the Chicago Marathon (and then getting accepted in the NYC Marathon lottery a few weeks later), I never really thought I would run a marathon. It was always something I wanted to do, but not something I thought I would actually be able to do. But here we are!
The 14 miler yesterday was way better than last weeks 13 miler in terms of heat. It was a beautiful day to run. I had some pain in my quad 7 miles in, at which point I was 7 miles from home so I had to keep on trucking. I wasn’t sure if the pain was because my quad was tight or pulling, but I believe it was just a tightness. I have been focusing on lots of stretching.
It was a good run. I had fun and enjoyed myself. When I got home I felt strong, confident and SORE!
I decided around mile 8 that I would be needing an ice bath after this long run (and every upcoming long run after), so as soon as I got home I let the cold water flow.
I love a good ice bath. It really makes a difference in how you feel immediately after the long run. You can check out my first ice bath experience here.
I believe I have perfected the ice bath after taking (and suffering through) quite a few of them!
Here are my Ice Bath Tips –
1- Fill the bath up with cold water before you leave for a run and let it sit while you are getting your run on.
2 – Add the actual ice after you are already comfortably in the cold water. Let your body adjust before bringing the temperature down farther.
3- Add the ice slowly
4- Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Fiancé is always a big helper when I take ice baths after my long runs. He is a big help with pouring the ice, I love when he takes care of me!
Part of me thinks he enjoys watching me suffer! Haha!
Jackson was there for the ice bath party too!
5- Another big helpful hint was that fiancé put a towel in the dryer to heat up for me while I was adding more ice. Keeping the upper half of my body extra toasty made me feel loads better.
I also swear that wearing the towel like this totally kept the heat in my head. I felt really warm! I look like a crazy person, but I was warm sitting in that freezing bath!
Jackson looked at me like I was crazy…
But eventually puppy kisses were given to make me feel better.
I usually sit in the ice bath for 10-20 minutes and then I am all about a hot shower!
Have you even taken an ice bath? Do you have any tips to share? If not an ice bath, do you have any post long run rituals?