Monday, August 5, 2013

Shifting Running Plans

Good news! We saw a coyote on our run the other night! (Any Elf fans out there?)

Oh, and after arguing over whose pace to keep for the first two runs - Donny and I have decided it best to maybe get more of our runs in separately. I may have implied straight up blamed him for giving me shin splints and tendonitis last year (not sure how that's even possible? - but you know, heat of the moment claims) and he may have made me cry with "coach talk" that I personally don't find encouraging.  

But alas, all is well and we got over our little lover's spat.  Other couples fight about dirty socks on the floor, or burnt chicken - we fight about mile splits...

But seriously - one of the many, many, things I love about Donny is his commitment to his word. If he says he is going to do something - you can count on it happening. (Which is what makes him such a great accountability partner). So on Thursday night, when we were looking at the fact that Friday was starting at 5:30 am and literally not stopping until 11 pm... we were just going to run at 11 when we got home - and that's all there was to it. Even though it was daunting and a little exhausting, there was not question about whether it was happening or not.
However, it was during that run where we decided that if it was a normal day - maybe it would be better to run independently. Donny is just naturally very fit, and can bust out 3 miles without breaking a sweat - at a pace that I can I only dream of.  So basically for the sake of both of our health - for now at least, we're going to do most runs independently.

Saturday's run was actually faster than when I ran with Donny the previous two days, so I must be doing something right when I'm alone.  And Sunday morning was a very pleasant easy run with more frequent walk breaks.
In actuality, my biggest fear in this challenge are getting shin splints again. I usually get them from adding too much mileage too quickly so with a challenge like this - I do need to exercise caution. But, I've been really careful about stretching my calves all throughout the day and icing and massaging as much as possible.  So far, they are a little tender to the touch, but that's pretty common for me on any given day.  I haven't had any shin pain while actually running so I'm still sittin' pretty. I've been wearing my compression socks a lot too, which helps increase blood flow to the shins.  And blood flow = faster recovery.

Did you guys know that the Pro Compression July sale is still on?! They're still offering 40% off of everything for a couple more days.  (Enter the code JULY in the promo box)

I just got the PC racer in neon yellow for only $16!

They also have their full marathon socks which are usually $50 but are only $30 right now.
Pro Compression purple marathon sock in the Tinker Bell Half in January
I know $30 might sound like a lot for a pair of socks - but as far as good compression socks go - that's actually a really great price.
Pro Compression 4th of July sock
I'm a big fan of compression wear and really feel the differences in muscle fatigue between wearing them and not.  I have one pair of CEP Compression socks which are okay, but I love my 2 pairs of PRO Compression.

From their website:
Our socks can be worn before, during and after a workout as the benefits of compression help expedite muscle recovery through enhanced vascular flow in your lower extremities.

PRO Compression socks are designed specifically to deliver both maximum comfort and speedy recovery times. The science is complex, but benefits such as improved blood flow, stability and comfort are universally understood.  The moment you put these socks on your feet and incorporate them into your game, you will feel and understand the difference.

I'll be wearing these all a lot this month to aid recovery between runs and keep me going strong!

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