Awesome, Awesome 10 Mile Run

I wasn’t sure what this past weekend was going to shape up to look like because Adam was on call for work and couldn’t leave the house. It ended up being a great weekend though!

Saturday I got up early to run some errands and then found out there was a Harry Potter marathon on! Naturally this meant I spent a good portion of the day being a couch potato and watching TV.

I can’t believe how young all the kids look in the first movie!

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When I finally laced up for my 10 mile run I noticed it wasn’t just raining but storming outside (complete with lightning), so I ended up doing another long run on the treadmill.

Of course this meant that I just continued on with the HP marathon and watched part of Order of the Phoenix at the gym.

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I started out the run really easy and ended up just naturally wanting to pick up the pace as I went along. I held back a little bit since it is a long run after all, but I do kind of want to gauge what my long run pace should be going forward.

Normally by the time I get to mile 8 I need to slow down considerably. In fact, in the past my mile 8 has always been my slowest of a long run because I end up walking a bunch in it to re-energize for the rest of the run…. but not this weekend!

Mile 8 came and went and I was still feeling ridiculously strong so I decided to go for it. I increased the speed and knocked out miles 9 and 10 at a faster pace than any of the others.

I finished mile 10 feeling elated, strong and really happy … and maybe a little bit fatigued.

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It was the kind of tired that felt so good though because I knew I gave it my all in those last two miles.

Just a month ago when I would get to the later stages of a long run it would feel like a death march to the end. Now I am feeling really strong and confident! 

I think the last three weeks of long runs have really helped me mentally and physically. It makes sense that the more double digit runs I get under my belt, the easier they will feel.

When I got home I tried out my first pair of compression socks.

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I’ve been really skeptical of compression socks for a long time. There doesn’t seem to be any conclusive research yet that shows that they actually help during a run, but there does seem to be some general agreement that they can help with recovery (in much the same way they can help diabetic patients improve their circulation).

I finally bit the bullet and paid $50 for these compression socks Saturday morning to see for myself whether they work or not.

I have to say I obviously have no idea if they improved my circulation or what not, but they feel amazing on tired legs. Sunday morning rolled around and my calves felt great – no soreness or tightness in them at all.

I guess you can now consider me firmly on the compression sock bandwagon! They feel great and honestly I kind of feel like a hot soccer player wearing them : ) 

Now I just need to get a second pair in a color other than black, because I can already see a bunch of Cecil’s fur on them!

Do you wear compression socks? During running or just for recovery? Favorite brand? 

Harry Potter fans, which is your favorite book/movie? 

Favorite book is Goblet of Fire, favorite movie is Deathly Hallows 2.

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13 Comments

  1. cheryl
    March 31, 2014 / 9:41 am

    Congrats on your long run! All your hard work is paying off–It is very rewarding to see such improvement, isn’t it? (and on the treadmill nonetheless!)

    I like compression socks for after long runs. They make my legs feel less tired. Even if it is the “placebo effect”, if it works…I don’t really have a favorite brand…I do have a pair that has a specific, right leg, left leg…I am lucky if my socks are matching never mind on the correct feet. I have some compression calf sleeves, but I like the socks better. I use the sleeves if I have to go somewhere after, and wear regular flats or sandals…
    Keep up the hard work–you are doing great!

    • March 31, 2014 / 11:14 am

      Thank you! Mine are marked Left and Right too but I still somehow put them on the wrong feet…hah!

      I am thinking about trying the calf sleeves now. I actually thought I would like them better than the socks, but they were the same price as the socks and for $50 I wanted to get as much material for my money as possible! ;D

  2. March 31, 2014 / 11:15 am

    Solid ten miles, I need to get into that groove now that we have the treadmill so I can knock out 10 miles on that thing. I think a HP marathon would help me get through it.

    AHHHH compression socks. I’ve been wanting some, but hesitant at the same time. I may need to pony up for some after your endorsement lol.

    I still enjoy the first one. How can you beat being introduced into the world of Hogwartz!!

    • March 31, 2014 / 7:33 pm

      I seriously cannot recommend the compression socks enough. I don’t even care if they have any real scientific benefit, they FEEL great after a long run! Get some for you and the fiance!

  3. March 31, 2014 / 12:40 pm

    I’ve been holding off on the whole compression sock thing too… the thing is, my calves have NEVER been sore after a long run. So I just wondered if there was even a point for me to try them? Congrats on such an awesome long run! I bet your speed work you’ve been doing has been helping you to have more energy for your entire long run. Weren’t you doing pick up strides during your long runs??

    • March 31, 2014 / 7:34 pm

      I have been incorporating strides into my long runs the last two weeks and it has been going great! I can’t stop thinking about signing up for another half sometime soon-ish just to see …. hmmmmmmm 🙂

      My calves aren’t always sore after a long run either. Sometimes they are and sometimes not … it must be based on whether I stretch properly or not. No idea if the socks work, but they felt great!!

  4. March 31, 2014 / 6:05 pm

    1) Do you have a new pic on your sidebar?! You look so gorgeous!!

    2) I love pushing the end of a long run; it makes you feel SO accomplished! And running to movies is the BEST distraction!

    3) I love compression socks. I use Pro Compression – they’re almost always 40% off with a discount code!

    • March 31, 2014 / 7:36 pm

      I do have a new pic up there … that’s what I look like when I’m not sweaty and gross after a run haha. Thank you 🙂

      I ordered a pair of pink Pro Compression socks yesterday with a 40% off + free shipping discount! My sporting goods store didn’t have any colors other than black.

  5. March 31, 2014 / 6:29 pm

    WooHoo – great job not just running 10 miles but on the treadmill and feeling strong.
    I just started wearing compression socks in the last year or so – I wear them on days that I’m going to run over 8 miles anymore – old legs!!!

    • March 31, 2014 / 7:37 pm

      Do you wear them before / during the run or just after?

      I think I’ll be wearing them after all runs of 8 miles or more too!

      And thank you so much 🙂

  6. March 31, 2014 / 8:58 pm

    Great job on the run! I am still so impressed you can knock that out on a treadmill! You are getting stronger and stronger! I love Zensah calf sleeves. I wear them all the time for recovery. I like my running socks and wanted to be able to just run in sleeves. I like the sleeves in the winter okay but once it’s about 50 degrees they feel too hot to me. The compression does revive my legs and I often wear them under my pants at work all day 🙂

    • April 1, 2014 / 1:40 pm

      I’ve heard good things about Zensah, I will have to give them a try!

      Good idea to wear them to work 🙂 Secret little running accessory at the office haha