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Random Thoughts about Compression Socks, Chocolate Milk and Track Tuesday

Posted Oct 16 2012 8:56am

I’ve been feeling some soreness in my shins and Achilles, which could be a sign that more stretching is necessary.  Although soreness has me thinking about purchasing a pair of compression socks.  Runner’s World gave a run down on some different brands and their targeted purpose .  I thought I was supposed to wear them while running, but from what my running friends have informed me is that you wear them on your rest days.

Do you wear compression socks?  Do you wear them while running or do you wear them on resting non-running days?  Do you notice a difference in your recovery?

Speaking of recovery, I started drinking chocolate milk after my runs again.  I had completely forgotten about chocolate milk as a recovery drink until Chrissy and I visiting a local Cuban cafe for a pit stop (and a clean restroom) after our long runs.  I would order a café con leche, but Chrissy doesn’t drink coffee so she would order chocolate milk.

As I stated in a previous post , “After an intense work-out or a long distance run, your body becomes depleted of glycogens, therefore, it’s important to replenish those lost minerals with some carbs and proteins.  The potassium, magnesium and calcium found in an 8-ounce glass of chocolate milk offers a substantial amount of minerals needed to rebuild tired muscles and offer some recovery.  Water rehydrates while sports drinks replenish fluids and electrolytes, but chocolate milk rehydrates and rebuilds.”

Can you believe I forgot this?!  Unbelievable!  What woman forgets about chocolate especially chocolate that’s been deemed good for you?

Since I can’t drink protein powder due to the high cholesterol content, I haven’t been drinking muscle repairing recovery drinks.  So last week, I started drinking chocolate milk (8oz skim milk with about two Tbsp of Ovaltine) after my runs again and I really noticed a huge difference.  I felt so much better.  My leg muscles definitely thanked me with less cramping and tightness.  I felt less tightness and soreness in my heels, shins and Achilles.  Plus, it will help with my vitamin D deficiency .

One insane week of hubby traveling down and one more to go.  Last week, I wasn’t able to run as much as I wanted to thanks to hubby’s travel schedule.  Thankfully, so far this week I’ve been able to fit in a little better.  Chrissy and I also need to run 12 miles in on Friday morning before I leave for Girl Scout camp.

Chrissy and I ran 14 miles last Saturday, which was her longest ever.  She’s doing so great with her marathon training.  I’m so proud of her!

14.1 miles
Time 2:42:51
Ave Pace 11:33
Max Pace 8:09

Then, I did a slow and easy 3 mile recovery run on Sunday.

3.1 miles
Time 30:32
Ave Pace 9:51
Max Pace 8:17

Monday I ran 6 miles.

6 miles
Time 58:32
Ave Pace 9:46
Max Pace 7:07

Today is Track Tuesday.  I missed last week’s speedwork session due to DH’s traveling, but it probably was a well-deserved break.  The weather change was a welcomed break too.  Since the mornings over the past week have been cooler with little humidity, it finally feels like fall.  Though my lungs love the change weather, my legs don’t seem to care about it because the cooler weather didn’t change my speed at all.  However, I changed my usual speedwork session with a light jog between sprints so maybe that affected my overall performance.

1 mile

Lap 1 – 0.25
Time 1:56
Ave Pace 7:37

Lap 2 – 0.25
Time 1:52
Ave Pace 7:29

Lap 3 – 0.25
Time 1:57
Ave Pace 7:58

Lap 4 – 0.25
Time 1:59
Ave Pace 7:52

1.1   mile
Time 10:33
Ave Pace 9:37

So how did your runs, speedwork and work-outs go this week?  Link up and tell me all about it.

To join our Track Tuesday linky party, do your speed work (at least 4 quarter mile sprints) on Tuesday or any day you that works best for you, blog about your times and remember to add our cool Track Tuesday button to your post.  Then, link up your post at either  Ricole Runs  or Run DMT to share Track Tuesday Speed Work Sessions.  To show support for our other virtual running partners on the Track Tuesday Team, be sure to visit the other blogs listed in the linky party.  Give them a virtual high-five and leave some comment love too.

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Denise Mestanza-Taylor+

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