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December 21, 2009

Feels So Good

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:13

First off”: Belated thanks to Lizzy for winning her awesome coffee giveaway.  I just got it when I came home and it was such a lovely surprise!!

Second off: I went to the mall last night with my sister. Surprisingly it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.  Granted we did just get a snowstorm earlier that morning but still.  It was T-5 days ’til Christmas.  I expected a zoo. I wasn’t doing any Christmas shopping per se.  I was buying stuff for me.  Can’t technically call it a Christmas present though since I have no intention of waiting ’til the 25th to use these babies.

What are they you ask? Compression socks.  Yes I’ve bit the bullet and bought ’em.  I was totally prepared to pay mucho dinero for them too but the two sports stores in the mall didn’t have them and said they didn’t carry them.  Boo!! At the second store the guy there said to try Sears.  I was about to call it a day though when I remembered that compression socks are used with people who have diabetes and other circulatory problems.  So I checked it out.  Sweet success.

Two pairs of compression socks for $7.96.  Holllleeerrrrr (I think I type that after everything haha).  And I didn’t pay an arm and a leg for it: I got 2 pairs for MUCH less than “official” compression socks.  Anyone have experience with them? How long do I leave them on? Sleep with them on? Wear them on errands? I’ve been hearing a lot about them in the blogging world which is what was the impetus for my trip last night.  With the miles piling high I want to be more active in how my body recovers.

You know what? I’m wearing one of the pairs now and it feels good.  Granted I can’t compare it to any name brand official pair because I’ve never worn compression socks before but it feels good regardless.  Hopefully it does *something* in helping my recovery in my legs. Not that I’ve been having a problem or anything but I do want my purchase to work for me.

Want to know what else feels good? Saving so much money on the socks that I went into Victoria Secret and blew the money saved there. Whoops. So much for a budget haha.

But back on topic.  Recovery has been on my mind a lot lately.  Namely because I’m not doing much of it. My legs have the past few runs been, well, slow.  I haven’t calculated up my miles and times for the past few weeks (hence no weekly recaps) but I feel that this past week my overall time was lower than the usual consistent pace I’ve averaged.   And if you’ve noticed I’ve “complained” about sluggyness and “running out of gas” in the past few posts. Nothing serious but I haven’t had a 100% springy run in about 4 or 5 days.

I will clarify that I’ve been recovery well between runs.  Lots of couch time with a big stack of good books to read. So I’ve decided to give the socks a try as well.  Combine that with the only physical activity I’m doing being running and eating and I think that I’ll be good.  And I’ve scheduled a few massages for break.  The woman who does my body work gives me a great deal and I am sooooo taking advantage.

Because I realized when I got up this morning that I am a mileage junkie.  Hardcore.  I knew this when I was planning my day around my run.  Ummmm I just completed an 80.6 mile week and I still wanted to go running today?! Yes. Hello, my name is MarathonMaiden and I am a run-aholic.

The weather, in DRASTIC contrast to yesterday, was bright and sunny.  I’m not sure that it was any warmer than yesterday (still in the mid-20s) but the sun made the biggest difference in the world.  I regretted wearing a long sleeve and capris! I was wearing tight fitting clothing so it didn’t weigh me down though despite being a bit on the warm side (and I wore the mittens today to and I think I’ve found a keeper.  Sure my hands were cold and bright red.  But red > white because it means I still had circulation!)

And despite what I said about feeling slow overall in the paragraphs above, today felt nothing like that.  I felt flying! So naturally that tempted me into going further than I planned.  About 6 extra miles more than I wanted for a total of…12 miles.  Yessiree the double digit streak is still going strong.  Kind of exciting.  It makes me giddy.

Not to much to actually write about the run itself.  Felt good (hence doubling it).  I had “the sun shinin’ on me like a big spotlight. So I know everything is going to be alright” (anyone? anyone?).  I was just in the zone where my thoughts flowed from one thing to the next and I thought about everything and nothing at the same time.  It was a very refreshing run.

Now I’m just back on the couch listening to music, about to dig into both my stack of books and some more food (gosh being a mileage junkie is going to take a toll on my food bill!).  Life is good 🙂 Except for the fact that I’m 2 episodes away from the season 4 finale of my Spanish show.  What am I going to do when I’m caught up?!

Also good?  Today is the Winter Solstice. Sure that mean that today is the shortest day of the year but after today the days get loooooooooonger.  Hollllleeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrr.

P.S. Keep those questions coming for my 20 questions! I’m still at about 12/13 so I need more! 🙂



  1. Hmm I’ve been curious about compression socks since I’ve heard mixed reviews about them. Good to know that you like them so far!

    Comment by Ada — December 21, 2009 @ 16:55

  2. You should totally wear your new Victoria’s Secret purchases with your diabetic socks. Hot TA wouldn’t stand a chance, haha.

    Seeing that it’s almost completely dark at 4:07pm, I’m ready for some longer days, too!

    Comment by EarlyRunner — December 21, 2009 @ 17:07

  3. What should you do when your Spanish show is over? Watch True Blood, or Buffy, or… so many good shows out there to watch.

    I don’t think you need to up your food bill, just do what Jess does and eat more cookies 🙂

    Comment by Katerina — December 21, 2009 @ 18:04

  4. Haha – love that you went and spent it in Victoria’s Secrets…hey if your going to spend it anywhere ;)…no, seriously though I do that allll the time – save money somewhere and then think ‘well, i did save there…’ – yipes. Watch Xmas shows! Or movies! Or talk shows! Haha – I WISH I could read and watch TV all day – ‘real-world’ and working, especially over the holidays – sucks! 😦 . And, yes, girl you are a ‘run-a-holic’ – congrats on taking the first step – acknowledgment is the hardest part they say 😉 haha.

    Comment by eatmovelove — December 21, 2009 @ 21:45

  5. I do think my compression socks work, although mine were considerably more expensive! If your cheapo socks work I will be jealous. 🙂 I just wear them around home, sometimes to work in the evenings if I did a long run or speedwork.

    Comment by runjess — December 21, 2009 @ 22:11

  6. I reckon its hard to tell the difference with compression kit. Maybe its a bit of the ’emperors new clothes’ type of feeling?? When I get new shoes they always make me go faster, though! And the science behind compression does stack up, so it must be worth a try. Hope it helps you keep the miles up. Don’t forget to rest, too – you’ll be getting the benefit of all your efforts.

    Comment by Ian — December 21, 2009 @ 22:50

  7. Sweet find on the diabetic compression socks. I have a pair by Sugoi called the R&R compression sock. They’re really comfy. I actually usually wear my socks when I’m running (in cold temps) and I wear my Skins tights for recovery (although I don’t wear them often enough). I like to wear my skins to bed. I wake up with legs feeling really refreshed. I’m looking forward to hearing what you think of em! I bet they’ll help with the sluggishness thing.

    Comment by Liz — December 21, 2009 @ 23:17

  8. Yay for trying compression socks!! I just tried them yesterday so I can’t quite answer your questions on how/when? but all I know is they’re great!
    Congrats on your run! Maybe all you needed was some nice weather and sun : )

    Comment by BostonRunner — December 22, 2009 @ 00:06

  9. Weren’t you asking for questions earlier? I don’t remember if you were, but I got a question anyways 🙂
    Sooooo you run a TON, and I’m interested in knowing about your nutrition, when you are and when you’re not running, just because I’m a nutcase and never know exactly HOW much or WHAT I should eat on days that I run. I feel like a lot of times that I eat a TON, but then I wake up during the night feeling famished.. So, if you have any helpful tips or ANYTHING, I’d love to hear them!

    Comment by Kathleen — December 22, 2009 @ 08:09

    • Hmmmm. You can check out these posts: Fuel Part 1 and Part 2 I’m in the process of typing out a Part 3 but haven’t had any time yet. Hopefully I can flush out a post on it over my break. Hope this helps 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 23, 2009 @ 21:12

  10. Oh, sorry to be such a ditz, just saw that you were asking for questions 😛

    Comment by Kathleen — December 22, 2009 @ 08:10

  11. Sweet run. Never tried the compression socks, but always pleased when someone finds a value purchase. Nice work. The streaks stay alive!!!

    Comment by A Marathoner — December 22, 2009 @ 09:40

  12. nice score on the compression socks!

    Comment by aron — December 22, 2009 @ 12:58

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