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 :)
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