Thanks for all of your kind comments yesterday. I swear I'm not that fast. It's really the shoes. I cannot slow down in them. Trust me, I was trying. Anyway, I'm still feeling kind of crappy today. Well, actually, let me clarify. I feel fine ... EXCEPT for this wicked cough and slight nasal congestion. And although, pretty much everyone has been telling me to rest, I didn't have a choice. I was scheduled to help lead a 10K training team run and I wasn't about to miss that. Plus, I knew we would be running considerably slower than yesterday, so I figured it would be easier on my lungs (um, yeah, about that).
The group's first five miler was on the schedule today. Here I am just before heading out.
I was with the middle of the pack today, where we averaged 11:45 miles. It wasn't really a good run, but not really a bad one either. I think minus the coughing, it would have been just fine. I was, however, really excited to see everyone finish. There is just something inspiring about watching people accomplish what they once thought they couldn't.
On a completely different note, I said I would give my Recovery Socks a second chance. And I did. After the Princess Half on Sunday. Here I am waiting for the Dumbo ride at the Magic Kingdom (note the socks).
I figured it would be the perfect opportunity to see how well they work after a hard effort followed by hours more on my feet. And can I just tell you that I am now a true believer? Sure my legs were still tired (who's wouldn't be?), but when I woke up the next morning ... I felt nothing. My lower legs were 100% (my quads were still achy though). So, after much thought, here is MY professional opinion on Recovery Socks:
Get a pair if you are consistently running over 10 miles on your long runs. And wear them strictly for recovery, not during your run (I saw no benefit in that, well maybe if you are a 2:30 marathoner ...) Otherwise, save your money. These things are not cheap ...