Sunday, March 16, 2014

Training, Compression Sleeves and Pulling The Trigger

Training for Brooklyn is going well. My 7-mile long run at the end of week 4 was yesterday and it was pretty rough but I got through it. I don't think it would've been as rough if I hadn't done it on the treadmill but since we just got more snow this past week in Upstate NY, the roads and sidewalks aren't really runner-friendly yet. I've noticed that when I run in the snow and ice that I really tense up since I'm more alert due to the possibility falling. This leads to me being more sore the next day than usual, especially in the shoulders and back so my thinking is that it's not always worth it. They say Spring will come eventually and I really hope they are right because Jesus, this winter has sucked!

I purchased Zensah brand compression calf sleeves yesterday since I figured after that long run of 7 miles that they could only help. I was feeling some calf tightness on the damn treadmill anyway. I'm not sure what I think of them yet and whether or not they helped but I've put them on a couple times for a few hours at a time and so far so good. I'm not sure if I'm going to use them on my run today but I think I will. Luckily it's only a 3-mile one because I'm not up for anything longer today.

Last but not least I pulled the trigger on registering for the Rock 'N Roll New Orleans Half Marathon on 1/25/15. I would like to do the full marathon but I'm going to play it by ear since I've never done one. I registered for the half but I have until the end of Nov to upgrade to the full. My plan of attack on the training is to do the half in May and then continue keeping a running base of 3 miles, 4x/week until the middle of Sept. Then I'm going to start the 18-week Hal Higdon Novice 1 marathon training and see where it takes me.

Going to New Orleans is great because I've always wanted to go (hubby has been twice so he is familiar with it) and I get to stay with a friend I haven't seen in many years.

Well, I guess I'm off to meet up with the dreadmill for another date today. He won't get to enjoy my company as long today though. :)

1 comment:

  1. Interested to hear how the sleeves were to run in, I can run in knee high socks but save compressions for after my long runs, they give my cramps if I wear them during running.