22 miles, Cambridge, Boston, Brookline, Newton, Wellesley, then Newton, Brookline, Boston, Cambridge
20 degrees F
What a run! My longest run yet. I was about to say it was my most challenging, but then recalled a frigid blizzard run in January during which my eyelids froze shut. That run completely sucked.
This run was great until around mile 19 when I completely ran out of steam and was still miles from home. Once I got home, I couldn’t believe I’d made it…as if my brain assumed I’d never make it home and would spend forever plodding along the cobbles on frozen bruised feet. This photo was actually taken once I got home. I can’t believe I’m smiling.
I wore my usual turquoise jacket and undershirts under my boyfriend’s sweater. Yeah, he’s a foot taller than me. My roommate: “You look like a cartoon!” Me: “A poorly drawn one at that”. After all these weeks of training, I seem to have dressing down to a science. I know exactly what to wear for each temperature. Before you become extremely impressed with me, this skill only goes as far as running attire.
After this run, I drew myself an ice bath. This involves filling my tub with cold water and dumping a freezer worth of ice packs and ice cubes. I climb in naked on bottom but wrapped up on top, to ensure that I don’t go into complete shock. The first minute usually makes me scream uncontrollably, but after that, my muscles are very pleased. My legs turn red and veiny under the water as the blood vessels constrict and the swelling (from hours of pounding on the pavement) goes down. Then when I get out, the blood rushes back into my legs, flushing out the inflammation and ripped muscle bits (my science words) back into my lymph system, where they’ll be cleaned and recycled. A few minutes later, I feel completely normal. Normal like I didn’t just run 16 or 18 or 20 or 22 miles. If I have any pain, it’s from a leg or back cramp I created from swinging my arms and legs in the same motion over and over for hours. But the soreness? Gone! All hail the ice bath, deliverer from fatigue.