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.

13 comments

  1. cheryl

    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!

    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      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
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  2. The Running Schlub

    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!!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      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. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    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??
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      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. Ali K. @ Hit the Ground Running

    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!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      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.

    2. Megan @ Meg Go Run

      I agree with Ali, you look beautiful!
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  5. Kim

    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!!!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      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. Karen

    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 🙂
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      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
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