Sunday, January 24, 2016


I just need to put this out there:

Image of crazy snowstorm running towards the northeast U.S.
See that big chunk of red? That's where I used to live

This confirms that - even with everything I've been going through with our new house - moving to Florida was the best decision I ever made. No more of this:

Star Wars Han Solo and Luke Skywalker on a tauntaun running around Hoth
When the airports open, NJ friends, come on down, we'll go to Disney.
Alright, so it's still a little cold here - enough to make an outdoor run unenjoyable without the right gear. Since I last wrote about not being in our house yet, and not having access to any winter clothes, I bought compression arm sleeves from Running Skirts. They had a flash sale where they sent me three sets for cheap, I just had to be willing to take whatever colors and patterns they sent me. I find that they do provide some nice added warmth, but not enough to feel comfortable at 38 degrees. 

Sleeves from Running Skirts
I'm really digging that leopard print.

What's the deal with compression gear, anyway? This article provides a good overview, but to summarize, compression leads to improved blood flow leads to more oxygen getting to your muscles. So that *should* lead to improved performance, but results are inconclusive.

The last book I read on the topic (Primal Endurance by Mark Sisson*) suggested compression gear provides a lot of benefit for recovery, but wearing compression socks while running will minimize muscle vibrations that contribute to soreness. 

Here's my experience - I ran last year's Star Wars half marathon with Zensah compression leg sleeves* - and my legs felt so much better, happier, and less fatigued than any other half marathon I had run before. I had run 6 miles the day prior, and hopped a 5-hour red-eye across the country back home that very evening... and felt ready to run again the next day. 

So compression. I'm a fan.

*Amazon Affiliate Link. This means that if you click a link to Amazon through my site and buy something, I may earn a commission. Much obliged.

83 days left

Today's Exercise:  90 min Treadmill run @ Globo Gym. The treadmill display was broken and didn't give me my per mile time, but I didn't realize it until I was pretty for into my run. Average pace - 16:40

3 eggs with spinach, onion, and cheddar, coffeeBreakfast was more like brunch...HC LatteChili, tea

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