Monday, May 27, 2013

Race Recap, Review and Giveaway

School is OVER!  Yes, I am shouting- my plans this summer include quite a bit of running, quite a bit of reading and studying my nutrition school info.  The last few weeks were eh... not a lot of running or exercise.  I even commented to my assistant principal that that was something I struggle with- making time to exercise and he agreed with me- it's tough.  Between meetings, after school events, and working in the room- it just didn't happen.  BUT, school is over and now I can pick back up again with renewed focus.  The first event of the summer was immediate!  Saturday was our local track club's expo- they host a 10K and a 5K.  I originally planned to do the 10K but with the lack of training I just didn't feel comfortable with it so switched to the 5K.  I then spent the rest of the week kicking myself for not even trying... until I hit the branch-off.  At that point I knew I made the right choice.  The weather was a cool- a bit brisk for the end of May- upper 40's but it quickly warmed up.  The weather was just gorgeous- it was the first non-rainy Saturday in quite a while.

Rather than rehashing it- I'll just copy what I put n FB: Today was the first "real" run- longer than 2 miles- since May 4th. I struggled getting going (my quads felt like lead weights) but I did finish what I started out to accomplish. I ended up finishing 10th in my age group (out of 24) and 251/415 in the 5K. My chip time ended up being 35:21. Not my best but considering how I felt, the lack of running time these last few weeks, the physical and mental exhaustion I have been dealing with, and the chill in the air- I'll take it. And the lesson I have learned- running should not be the thing that I give up in those last few weeks of school- that will NOT happen next year. Oh, and second lesson- time to kick it up...

Now, for that review and giveaway- a few weeks ago I contacted pro compression and asked them if I could do a review and a giveaway- they agreed to provide a pair for review and today was the first run that I used them.  They were AWESOME- see, my quads were so dead the first mile or two, but my calves felt GREAT.  No soreness, no pain, they felt strong.  I loved the socks and hope to order some in the future.  Now, if someone would just invent a full leg compression sleeve I would have loved to run on Saturday.  

ETA: I also wore these a few weeks ago with jeans- since I am on my feet all day- other than my feet being hot (which they always are) my legs felt great after the day of wearing them.  I am a believer :)

My answer to the blog comment question- chevron or polka dots in white and fun, bright colors!  Check out the rafflecopter below to win

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21 comments:

Jen C said...
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Jen C said...

I agree with the chevron and polka dot...stripes would also be fun! :)

Carrie said...

Would LOVE chevron!!!!

Guinn Girls said...

would love them!!!

4 AM Runner said...

chevron would be cute..or distances

Alicia Curley said...

I like the other blog comment ideas - Chevron, or something that races your distance on it... I'd even go for animal print, even if it was just a bold stripe on the top!

Congrats on your 5k :) You got out there and did it! And its good to recognize what you want to make a priority in your school year next year and what can take a side road. If running makes you happy and healthy, it should be a priority!

Hooray for your summer to start!!

Bill (cycleguy) said...

Not sure what chevron is. I would say red. I usually wear black when cycling.

Autumn in July said...

So chevron!

Flaming June said...

Black and white chevron would be cute and go with just about anything!

AuburnGirl said...

I would like to see a navy blue compression sock.

JoJoCouture said...

Chevron would be adorable! Black/white or pink/white. I really like the argyle ones right now.

Teresa Shaw said...

cheetah print!

Suz and Allan said...

I'd love to see blue and orange chevron!

Teresa Millstone said...

I'd love to see polka dots.

Justine @ Run Crazy Girl Run said...

Mint green!

Cassie said...

Chevron is always a good choice =)

Laurel C said...

Red white and blue would be awesome!!

mommygorun said...

I would love to see some girly skull prints. I know I'm crazy!

FireRunner2379 said...

Something with FLAMES!

Zaneta said...

Definitely Light Blue and Green with Polka Dots!! :)

Amanda said...

Bright yellow!