Tuesday marked my very first workout of my new marathon training cycle. I was excited but very nervous because I wasn’t quite sure if I would be able to hit the paces that the training called for.
The workout was 6 x 800 meter repeats with 400 meter recovery between each. I have done this workout in the past, but when I looked back on my training I hadn’t hit the 3:30 that Hanson’s called for.
I packed up my speed shoes and cones (I use these to mark off where the 800 begins and ends so I don’t have to look at my watch) and headed out to a loop I do a lot of speed work on.
Unlike in Erie, I have not been able to find a public track to use since we moved to Virginia. I did find a loop at the end of a nearby trail that totals 0.67 miles around and is flat and perfect for speed work.
My pacing goal for 800’s was a 3:30. Here was a break down of the end result:
800 #1 – 3:26
800 #2- 3:28
800 #3 – 3:25
800 #4 – 3:24
800 #5 – 3:25
800 # 6 – 3:23
I was so happy that I was able to hit (and exceed) the goal on each of the 800’s. This has really helped boost my outlook a little bit on the training and am looking forward to seeing what I am capable of.
I also wore my new PRO Compression socks for this run!
If you don’t already know, I have an unhealthy love for compression socks. I wear them at least 3-4 times per week. I was recently given the opportunity to try out a new pair of PRO Compression socks as a #SweatPink ambassador.
I have used PRO Compression in the past and have never been disappointed. My last pair had so much use out of them they sadly had to be retired, so when this opportunity came along I jumped at the chance!
They make two main types of compression for running: compression socks and calf sleeves. I have worn calf sleeves in the past and do enjoy them, but I will always favorite the full compression socks. The one time I have been using calf sleeves recently is at night. They are much quicker to put on and if my calf is giving me trouble after a tough run, sometimes I will sleep in a calf sleeve to help the circulation.
I’ve run with compression socks for the last several years. The big difference I notice when wearing compression is that my legs seem to recovery better and more quickly. I also don’t feel the pounding of running as much when wearing them.
The thing that stands out about PRO Compression is not only do the provide GREAT compression support but they also go on super easy! I have several pairs of compression socks that end up being a battle to get on. Sure, they provide compression once they are on but sometimes you just want to be able to slip on your socks and go.
The one important thing I have learned over time is DO NOT dry your compression socks. This may be common knowledge to most but when I first started wearing them I threw them in the dryer with other socks. This not only can cause some to shrink but they begin to wear down quicker.
Here are a few specs about PRO Compression socks:
- True graduated compression
- Arch support with just the right amount of compression
- Stabilization zone thru the sides to mid foot. Helps provide foot bed comfort.
- Open toe box so it will not keep your toes too tight.
- Wide cuff for added comfort.
- Moisture wicking materials
- No blisters!
I can say hands down that I have never had a single blister when wearing PRO Compression socks. I’ve had several people ask me how I wear compression socks in the summer since it is so hot, but the wicking material in these make them light and breathable and they don’t add any unnecessary heat.
In comparison to many other compression socks I have tried, PRO Compression stands far above! The socks themselves are amazing quality and are quick and easy to get on and off. If you have never tried compression socks or are looking to get your first pair, I would highly recommend these!
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