Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Back to Workout Routine and Way to Go Wednesday

Back to It
After my rest day on Sunday, I got right back into my workout routine on Monday. I did biceps and triceps and also got in a much-needed 3-mile run after work. I just wanted to test my legs out post-half marathon. They seemed to be not nearly sore enough LOL.

I kind of thought maybe it was a trick, that when I started running they'd completely revolt on me. But nope, they didn't. It felt great actually. I kept it slower and kept the miles short. See, sometimes I can do the right, practical thing.

Yesterday was another run after work. My goal was 5 miles and Jason was along for the ride. We kept it mostly flat, or as flat as we can in our neighborhood. It was a little warm, but the sun was going down so it wasn't terrible. Actually, I should have brought along a blinking light because it got dark faster than I expected.

Jason dropped off at mile 5 and I finished another mile to hit 6 miles. We had planned to go slower, but both of us were in that speedy mode still apparently and were clicking off the miles between an 8:42 and 8:44 pace. And it didn't feel like a ton of effort, so we just went with it. We'll call that my tempo run for the week.

I've been putting on my compression socks right after I get cleaned up. I honestly believe they're helping in my recovery. I had expected them to be a little tighter on my feet. Of course, when they're a size 6-8 and I wear barely a 6...that could be part of it.

But, the compression around the calves is most important. It keeps the blood moving (or that's the "science" behind it all) so the blood isn't pooling in my feet. And I think that's helping keep my plantar fasciitis under control because my feet aren't swelling up and being inflamed. And of course this is all just my theory, my experience and I've only worn them 3 times now.

I did order some calf sleeves, however, so I can test wearing those during longer runs and see how that helps. So are compressions socks/sleeves all hype? I used to think so. But now...I'm starting to believe in them.

My plan today is to get in back, shoulders, and chest after work. Maybe some kickboxing and abs as well.

Way to Go Wednesday
For Halloween, let's go with a treat with Way to Go Wednesday shout outs:

Cristina from TriathlonMami for completing her first Century Ride.

Kierston for taking 3rd place at the IDFA Open Fitness Category - a last minute decision to compete that paid off! 

Heather for finishing another half marathon (the Jazz Half in New Orleans) despite some major challenges during the race. 

Mr. Lindsay Cotter (aka James) and Lindsay's post - reminding us that injuries can give us a new perspective on fitness and what it means to be able to workout.

Who would you like to give a shout out, way to go, or thumbs up to today?