Monday, April 1, 2013
Another recovery week and 2XU compression gear
My legs felt like they could use some more rest so last week I backed off the mileage a bit to a total of 50. I had planned to put in several 20 milers during spring break, but every time I got close to 15 miles my right hamstring started feeling the strain so I cut it short. Again I became bummed because of this; I never imagined I would become down on myself so fast but it is happening again. Everything I fall short of reaching a goal I set for myself I start to lose hope. I really need to stop that. I am felling better today though and I hope to put in 20 or so tomorrow.
I am trying out some more compression gear this time from 2XU (pronounced 2 times you). So far I am loving this stuff. I tried the Elite Compression Tights on a day when it was 80 degrees F and they were very comfortable. I don't know if I want want to run in them if it was much warmer though. What else is cool about them is that I can easily slip ice packs under them after a long run to further reduce inflammation. I definitely feel they are reducing muscle soreness and fatigue and I am going to keep using them and let you know how it goes. Incidentally I am 6' 2", 185 lbs and have a 34 inch waist and the medium long tights fit me well. I was worried that the medium would be too small but they are just right. I also trying out a pair of 2XU Calf Guards. So far I like them better than the CEP compression socks I had been using before. The CEP socks are made from a knit material get torn really easily which is annoying when you pay $40 a piece for them. I always get tears in them on the inside heal where I accidentally kick myself from time to time while running. The 2XU Calf Guards are made from a solid stretch material that won't tear as easily and seems to give better compression too.
What do you all do to stay positive when you have trouble reaching your goals? I would love to hear from some of you.