There is NO way I am spending $50 dollars on a pair of socks! I thought as I looked through the endless options of compression socks online. I had read through at least a hundred different reviews and paged through multiple websites looking for the best fitting, the most efficient, and the most cost effective way to try out some compression socks.
Why you ask?
In my search for a solution to shin splints (read that post here) many places suggested compression socks to help heal and prevent shin splints. Naturally, I was curious and wanted to give them a try myself.
I began running about 7 years ago solely with the intention of aiding in my weight loss journey. As I incorporated the extra cardio into my new, healthy lifestyle, it definitely helped me shed some of those pounds. And I was ecstatic!
But when the weight loss seemed to plateau, I knew it was because I was becoming efficient at running. My body had adapted to what I was asking it to do. I knew that I needed to change up my workout in order to “surprise” my body back into weight loss. I thought increasing my mileage would do the trick and help me drop a few more pounds… Unfortunately, that is not always the case.
I can’t believe that it is already August! This summer is flying by — they say that’s what happens when you are having fun, right? And I plan on August being awesome. There are SO many things I am looking forward to this month. I can’t wait to share all of my adventures with you!
But before all the excitement begins, I want to share my August aspirations. Not only does sharing these goals get them “out” into the world, but sharing my ambitions also holds me accountable.
I have officially reached the hard part of half-marathon training. (Some may say ALL of half-marathon training is tough, which is true, but that’s not what I mean.) I have hit the point of training in where my motivation starts to disappear. The initial excitement of what I have signed up to do has long gone and the “work” portion has set in.
So what do you do when you hit a motivation block?
I started out running with the intention of just being able to run a 5k completely without walking. At that time, I thought that I would run one race and then I would be done. The thought of joining a running club or writing a blog about running never even crossed my mind. But somewhere along the route, I caught the running bug.
I hope July finds you all happy, healthy, and enjoying the summer months that are finally finding their way to us! I know that I am certainly taking advantage of the warmer weather to get outside and log some miles! And with another turn of the calendar page, it’s time for July goals — and starting out with a BANG!
So you’ve been running for a while now. You have participated in multiple 5ks, a few 10ks, and all the miles in between. And like any natural competitor, you begin to look for the “next” big challenge. Maybe it’s a better time or faster speed… Or maybe it’s distance. The elusive half-marathon is a much sought after race distance but to be successful, you need to enter the race with a plan!
The first time that someone asked me if I was a runner, I was speechless. I certainly didn’t consider myself a “runner”. And I definitely didn’t look like a runner. Dumbly, I looked back at the little lady tickling my toes while she painted them and just nodded. I mean, I try to run, I thought to myself. Then pondered on the realization… Maybe you don’t have to have a “runner’s body” to have a runner’s heart.
I must run all the races! – This sentiment is echoed after each and every race that I complete. The race atmosphere is alive with energy and you can almost feel the excitement in the air. It’s intoxicating — And definitely keeps me coming back for more. I am also SUPER pumped this weekend. Not just because it was a race weekend, but because I am also signing up for not one half-marathon but TWO this fall!
The human body is incredibly resilient. It can withstand the everyday abuse and pressures that we put on it for an extraordinary amount of time. Running is no exception. And, if you are a runner, chances are that you have had experience with planter fascitis, IT band syndrome, or those dreaded shin splints.