Slugging Along In Mile One

6 Aug

I have yet to give an official review of the compression socks I bought last month. I have been wearing them after speed sessions and long runs but I have yet to notice if they do anything other than keep my lower legs warm. Then again, it’s not like I’m marathon training and dealing with tired legs like last year. My speed sessions never produce tired or achy legs. My long runs haven’t been too tough on me this summer. So, the jury is still out on the compression socks. I will defer my judgement for another day.

Yesterday was the first official speed session with my new racing flats. I didn’t even notice anything special about them, which is a good thing. That means they feel great, fit perfectly and I have no issues with them. I mean, you definitely notice how light they are when you first put them on, no doubt about that. But after a while you just get use to that and sort of forget.

compressions socks – 0
racing flats – 1

I didn’t hear my alarm this morning and I had it set for something like 5:50 am. That’s sleeping in for me. My husband had to nudge me and tell me that my alarm was on. I sleepily wandered downstairs and drank a half a cup of coffee before heading out for my run. That was one of my tougher first miles in a long time simply because I was tired and not fully woken up yet. I did my good mornings, not too happily, and then pulled out a really slow, uphill first mile in 9:23. Wow. I never have a mile that slow except on my Sunday long runs. Oh well, I decided to just run a very relaxed 4 to 5 miler and let my body do what it wanted to do. No need to push anything two days out from a race.

I guess my body woke up because the rest of the run felt super easy, my inner mana just poured out and I was floating along. Nice! 8:41-8:36-8:37-8:24 Just floating along. In my groove. Temps were cool, sporadic sprinkles came down from the sky. This ended up being a really nice run.

My back is feeling much, much better than it did a week ago. Or rather, my SI joint. I am heading back to the chiropractor later this morning for another quick adjustment but that should be it.


10 Responses to “Slugging Along In Mile One”

  1. Marlene August 6, 2009 at 10:38 am #

    I always feel like that for morning runs – except that first mile feeling lasts the whole time. πŸ™‚ Looks like you ended up with a great run!

  2. Jo Lynn August 6, 2009 at 11:33 am #

    You're FAST! I'm anxious to see how the race goes.

  3. Oscar Yeager August 6, 2009 at 12:21 pm #

    Mrs. Sneaker, I don't know how you can get up so early, I've always hated waking to an alarm, or even worse, before it goes off. I only do it when a job requires it.As far as Saturday's 5K race, I know you have your own coach, and I'm not trying to impose my will upon you, ( Well, maybe I am ^_^ ) but the inner "Wannabe-Internet-Coach" in me has this to say to you:1) No "Floating," or "Grooving" along, a.k.a. "No Pain, No Gain." ( One of your own mottos, if I remember correctly? ) I know your "in training," but this is a legitimate race regardless.2) No slow first mile like today, have you read the RW article entitled "Go Out Fast In Your Next 5k?"To sum it up, 11 out of 11 women ran faster 5k'S ( Then their baseline 5k'S ) going out 3-6% faster in their first mile then their baseline 5K pace. The even-paced runners produced the slowest times. The faster-starting women did slow down more during the race, but the even-paced runners simply couldn't make up the time lost in a slower start. ( This only works for 5K'S. )3) People ( I for one ) are counting on you, and expect a solid performance!BOL,Oscar

  4. sneakersister August 6, 2009 at 1:06 pm #

    Thanks Oscar! I am planning on hitting the first mile fast and then holding on for dear life. Also, a good 2 mile warm up beforehand. Strides. Plyometrics. The whole shebang. My normal race routine starts with major pre-race jitters in the weeks leading up to the race, then a total moment of clarity the morning of the race, and then just bucking up and racing. My RP has been kindly listening to my race nerves for weeks now. Coach C has had a taste of it this summer with hearing my nervous questions for the past couple weeks. Ugh!

  5. trialsoftraining August 6, 2009 at 1:17 pm #

    Negative splits – always a good sign! my first mile is always so much slower – regardless of the time of day. I just need a warm-up I guess – what a concept πŸ˜‰

  6. Stuart August 6, 2009 at 1:21 pm #

    Gotta love race flats for putting a spring in your step!

  7. Bob D August 6, 2009 at 4:55 pm #

    You're going to kill that race. You've done the work, now just execute the plan. Good luck!Bob

  8. Lacey Nicole August 6, 2009 at 8:02 pm #

    hey that was a great picture of you at the track from last post!!!!!!!!!!! i didn't get a chance to comment before. wooo…. you must've really been tired!!! sleeping thru an alarm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚ i'm always happy when a slow first mile leads to faster next miles,… the worst is when it's just an overall slow day and your legs never warm up.

  9. Mel-2nd Chances August 6, 2009 at 9:27 pm #

    great job on the run, so glad your SI joint is feeling better πŸ™‚

  10. FLYERS26 August 7, 2009 at 7:06 am #

    great job on the run.Getting up is hard, but once you are out there… there's nothing better.

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