Happy Friday everyone! Thank. Goodness. Try to contain your excitement!
Today I’m linking up with the fabulous Jill Conyers for Fitness Friday! Since I had an inspiring first run in 2 weeks last night, I thought it seemed appropriate to share! Plus, I tried out some sweet socks! Be sure and check out her blog, it’s fantastic!
As you know, this week/past few weeks have been a doozy. I haven’t even gone on a run in almost 2 weeks. I am walking proof that when your mind and body are equally stressed out, the last thing you want to do after a long day of work is go running. But, I know that when I DO run, that stress goes away. And I proved that to myself yet again last night. It’s funny how I didn’t even realize how stressed out I was. My mood the past couple weeks has just been awful, and finally last night when we got home, Adam said “Go change, go on a LONG run, and don’t come back until you feel better!” Such a sweetheart. He went to the grocery while I headed out for a mind-clearing and rejuvinating run.
I started out strong, about an 8:38/mi pace, but then after about a mile I came upon…
If you’ve been a runner for long enough you probably know what crossroads I’m talking about. The “do I GO in the woods or can I make it all the way back home?” crossroads. Raise your hand if you’ve ever had to make this decision. The hilarious blogger over at Shut Up and Run talks about it quite often. It’s like the king of cognitive dissonance. You know what you need to do, but something about it just doesn’t feel right because, WHO DOES THAT?? Needless to say, it’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, and you gotta do what you gotta do! Don’t worry, I made the right decision.
After the world was right again, I got back out to my run and started exploring. I wanted to not think about anything, to take a different route, and now feel like I had to go a certain way. I just kep going, and going, and going, and eventually found my way back home after 6 miles. I would be lying like Anthony Weiner if I said I ran all of it. It was very much a run/walk combo since the past 2 weeks were run-less. When I walked in the door, it felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I think you can handle any situation as long as you can run it off later! My splits were nothing to brag about, in fact I don’t even remember what my last 3 miles were. But, sometimes running at my “feel good” pace is exactly what I need.
As you know, I LOVE compression socks, and am quite loyal to wearing them. Well tonight, I rocked my new Pro Compression Marathon Pink socks for the first time! I felt like a walking reflector- a safe reflector none the less. I originally purchased them a couple months ago in size Small. Unfortunately, when I tried them on, the heel cup went up past my achilles, bunched, and the height of the sock caused them to extend up onto my knee. Way. Too. Big. So, I finally got around to exchanging them, and here they are! I swapped mine out for a size Extra Small. Obviously, they’re a little tighter, but they fit my foot much better and the height fits perfectly.
Straight from the Pro Compression website: “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…..PRO Compression uses a proprietary blend of nylon and poly materials, optimized for performance, benefiting both amateur and professional athletes…..All socks are designed and manufactured in the USA, giving PRO Compression complete control over the quality of every sock we sell, from design through manufacturing and distribution. Our goal is to deliver a world-class sock that will enable you to play better than ever and recover more quickly than previously possible.”
I typically wear size 7.5-8 in my running shoes, so I assumed the size small, which Pro Compression allocates for size 6-8 would be perfect. It’s possible though that because I’m on the shorter side and my feet have always been pretty narrow, that I naturally just needed to step down a size.
Loved the simple packaging. No bells and whistles. Perfect.
Something I also loved were the small touches of grey, black, and yellow.
I of course had to model the socks on, but SOMEBODY had to get in on the action. Truckee insists on being the center of attention in everything! What a HAM! And in case you were wondering, I don’t really run in a cotton t-shirt..come on..you know me better than that.
While I ran, I felt like these socks had the perfect amount of tightness, and my calves constantly felt fresh. I only got overheated once, but that’s because I was running a long stretch in the sun. They mostly felt pretty cool, and I didn’t feel like my feet and lower legs were sweating up a storm. I was a little hesitant at first of the material, because it feels a little stiffer than another brand I wear, but once I started running in them and got them ON my feet, they felt GREAT!!
Overall, I loved the socks and am anxious to order another pair! Thumbs up from me!
Bring on the fun colors!
Have you tried Pro Compression socks? What colors do you own?