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!
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.
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.
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.
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.