August 23, 2010

marathon monday!

Good Morning everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! I definitely did! The Pilot came to visit and we had a great weekend together! It had been a few weeks since we'd seen each other so it was nice to just relax and have fun together!

I had a pretty good training week last week, although I decided to downgrade last week from my first full week of training to my last week of Base Training. Since I had yet to reach 20 miles in my base training, I wanted to wait until I got a 20 mile week in before I started my full training cycle, so today officially marks Week 1 of Full Marathon Training! With exactly 3 months to go until the marathon, I still have a long way to go, but I'm feeling pretty good about things!

I skipped my 3 mile run this weekend and opted for a 6 mile walk around the city instead, so I think that equates! I also missed my first cross-training session last week (=/) but got in a Power Vinyasa yoga class on Friday, so I think everything balanced out pretty well.

So the plan for this week:
Monday: Rest Day
Tuesday: 4 mile run
Wednesday: Cross-Training (6 mile hill repeats on the elliptical)
Thursday: 4 mile run
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: 4 miles
Sunday: 10 miles

And since today is a Rest Day, I thought I'd talk about just how I go about resting. We've all heard about  the R.I.C.E. (Rest. Ice. Compression. Elevation.) and this is something I pretty firmly believe in. Typically when I get home from a long run, after I've stretched and showered, I slip on my compression socks.  I have these: the CEP Running O2 Compression Socks and they definitely work. (No, CEP didn't send me a pair and ask me to talk about them...although I wish they would!) As soon as I put them on, I immediately feel better! The compression definitely helps aid recovery!

Since I've just come back to running from a knee injury, I also put on a Peas Therapy knee brace that I got from CVS for $10! This thing is amazing! It's a knee brace that uses the idea of peas (you know, throw a bag of frozen peas on it) to target every area. So, it molds to the shape of your knee while it's on. I love it!

So, right now I've got my compression socks on and I just finished a delicious high-protein breakfast and I'm going to take the rest of my [rainy] rest day to relax, take it easy! I've got some things to take care of that I'm hoping I can post about soon, but other than that, it's going to be a nice, easy day =)

Happy Monday!


  1. I moved my long run to this morning and am basically doing the same thing as you - recovery socks, lots of water, soup and a healthy sandwich. And now I am sitting chillaxing.
    Great plan!

  2. I want a pair of compression socks but I'm always scared I will look like a big loser in them, LOL!

  3. Good luck with the training! It sounds like you're off to a great start!

  4. i saw those socks in runners magazine - I was wondering how they worked. Do you ever wear them when you run- or just afterwards? What exactly do they do?


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