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Thursday Things for Athletes

Recovery & Running Plans
Yesterday my plan was to do weights after work. What happened was I felt worn out and decided to do some yoga instead. I figured I could use the additional stretching if nothing else. So, more of an active recovery day for me.

Today the plan is to get in a run after work with my running buddy. It's really nice being able to run in the daylight now that it's not 90+ degrees. The only downfall is that there is definitely more traffic, so lots of stopping and starting. Of course, our plan is to take it easy, so that might end up being a good thing for us after all.

Thursday Things
I usually don't talk a lot about products I like. There are a few things I mention like my Triggerpoint Therapy Kit or my Cathe Friedrich DVDs. But today I've actually got a few things I've been using recently and liking that I'd like to share. I think it can be fun to hear about new products.
I ordered these SLS3 Compression socks via Amazon last week before my half marathon. I have been skeptical about compression socks, thinking they were more hype than anything. But with all my issues, I thought I'd give them a shot (and I got a good deal on Amazon).

I pulled these babies on after I had cleaned up after the race on Saturday. I guess I half expected them to squeeze the life out of my calves and feet. But they didn't. It was just a gentle pressure. It took about 15 minutes before I really started feeling a difference.

I was thinking they weren't doing anything, but then all the sudden I just felt relief. Not really sure how to describe it. It's very subtle. But my feet didn't feel like they were swelling and the pain that I was feeling in my feet was easing up tremendously.
I loved the socks so much that I ordered some CEP Calf Sleeves (in pink) to try out during runs. I'm picky about my running socks - I think most runners are - so I didn't want to tempt the blister gods by trying to run in my compression socks. (I will be testing the sleeves today.)

We recently got the large Trigerpoint Therapy Grid. They have a smaller version, but we decided to go with the larger version. It's a great accompaniment to the kit we already have. I'm a firm believer in the power of rolling out and hitting/releasing the triggerpoints.


We've had this DVD for several years now, but I've only recently started to really and truly try to use it. It's called the Athlete's Guide to Yoga. What I like about this DVD is that I can pick and choose the sequences and flows that I need the most.

(Note: I did not get paid to talk about these products. They were purchased with my own money for my own use and these are my own personal opinions.)

What are some of the things you've been liking recently? Any great new finds?

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