I went down to the lake today for my long run and to test out my new gear. Thanks to Jeff, Keith, and everybody else who made recommendations.
This is like a party day for me - getting to run basically as far as I want without having to stop for fear of over training. I wore the new name brand technical gear I bought yesterday and also applied the new body glide I bought yesterday. Other firsts included two 32 ouncers of gatorade I mixed up and froze, a packet of vanilla flavored Hammer goo stuff, a ventilated hat, double layered Wright socks, socks and two sweat bands - basically my entire haul from yesterday minus the new shoes. The sales guy yesterday recommended that I put vasoline on the bottoms of my feet to help prevent blisters. Even though I forgot to try that, the blister on the ball of my left foot that I got last week while jackassing around with the jogging stroller and crummy socks didn't seem to get any worse.
The longest run I've done up to now was last Sunday when I ran 8 miles. Today I did three lakes, which is 10.71 miles. I hydrated and changed my head sweat sopper uppers every circuit and took the Hammer gel one hour and seven minutes into the run. That was a disconcerting new sensation. I didn't get cotton mouth, dry lips, general haziness or any of the other rad symptoms of depletion I have experienced in the past. I felt like I could run a fourth time around with no troubles by the time I finished the third circuit but even I'm not that stoopid..
On the way home I stopped and bought two blocks and a bag of ice and had my first ice bath. In honor of Jon in Michigan I also got some Oberto Beef Jerky (which I never once dropped in the bath). I tried Jeff's method of putting regular bath temp water in at first and then diluting that with colder water out of the tap. I don't know if ice baths really help with your tendons and stiffness or not but it sure was pleasurable. I stretched in the tub and rubbed the ice down my shins and muscles. I know what is going to be waiting for me in my hotel room freezer in Vegas.