Yesterday I completed my longest training run ever. It all started bright and early (a.k.a. before the sun came up) and finished many hours later. One running rule of thumb is to never wear something new on race day so I have been trying out different running items during my training (including yesterday). So, when I got a letter from Cindy and Christy at RunningSkirts with a pair of RunLove Compression Socks I knew I needed to try them on some of my longer runs.
It all started a few weeks ago when I wore them to a training run and realized the azure color matched my shoes. I never match this well when I run. The socks treated me well, but I didn't notice any major difference after those 11.6 miles. Since I didn't notice any major difference wearing them while running <12 miles, decided to wear them after running for recovery. Nothing makes my calves happy like putting on a pair of RunLove compression socks after a run! They definitely helped when I wore them all day.
|They match my shoes|
Yesterday I wore them again...and not only did they match my shoes, but they matched my shorts as well. I put on a white RunningSkirt performance tank to finish the outfit and then completely forgot to take a picture of myself. It was before the sun came up so please forgive me.
Midweek everyone who is in the group gets an e-mail from the coaches letting us know when and where to meet on Saturday for our long run. The past few weeks we've done an out and back so I looked at the map and figured out where the turn around would be (I didn't see a map for Sat's run on the link they sent out). I dropped off a bottle of water there and let ADP know that if the family was up to come by the turn around (a.k.a. park) because I'd love to see them. So, imagine my surprise when we were told we weren't going to be going all the way to the park. Instead we were going to do a 1 mile look twice so we wouldn't have to run up 'the hill.' I was looking forward to seeing my family and running up the hill so I did the loop one time with them and then took off.
I ran alone. I ran alone some more. I kept wondering when everyone was going to catch me (because it is no secret that I'm the slowest). Well, they did when I stopped at mile 6.5 to fill up my water and see the smiling coach who man's that station. By this time the rest of the group had done 7.5 miles. Yeah, I'm slow...but it works for me. I ran with the group and then they turned around at the bottom of the hill and I went up! I ran up the whole thing and it was one of my faster miles!! I got to the park only to find out my family wasn't there (they slept in). I turned around and was greeted with this (I had to stop to get a couple pictures before moving on):
|view from the top of the hill|
|the path goes for a bit and then disappears down the hill|
|RunLove socks after 11 miles|
I kept on chugging along. One foot in front of the other. I loved waving and saying hi to everyone on the course. Pretty soon I was back at the smiling coach which meant there was another 5.5 miles to cover before seeing my car. I chatted with her and she said all the perfect things to me, all things I needed to hear while training for my first marathon. I thanked her for waiting for me, knowing I was the last one to go by. I saw her again 2.5 miles later where the group had more water and fuel.
|nice flowers at the top of the hill|
|top of the hill flowers|
|"R" for right|
Info: RunLove Compression Socks can be purchased at RunningSkirts.com for 32 dollars.
Pros: You can wear them while running or after or both. Great colors (check out the website for the colors). They stay put. They really work.
Cons: I do wish they were a little tighter through the lower calf (where the soleus is).
Disclaimer: I was sent these socks free of charge. The opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.