#KeepItTight: A ProCompression Review, Giveaway & Discount Code!

17 Sep

Disclaimer:  ProCompression provided me with product to review and will provide product to one lucky giveaway winner.  I was not compensated in any way for this post and as always, all opinions are my own.

Happy Hump Day!  I’m so excited about today’s post because I’m reviewing a product from one of my favorite brands…and hosting a GIVEAWAY! Who doesn’t love a giveaway?  When I saw an opportunity to write a blog review for ProCompression, I immediately jumped at the chance because I’m already a big fan of their products.  I’ve worn the marathon socks during long runs, races and most definitely after workouts for recovery.

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I have a bunch of different colors and I love getting the monthly e-mail telling me what the SOM (Sock-of-the-month) is!  While the (scientific) jury is still out about the effectiveness of compression wear on muscle recovery, my personal experience has been a positive one.  I swear those fun bright pink marathon socks are the only reason I survived my first 25K race (pictured above top right).  Since I already have a few pairs of marathon socks, I opted to test out the compression calf sleeves.  And since I already have bright pink, yellow and green, I chose purple!IMG_8797[1]These babies arrived at a great time, because my calves were feeling a little tight after last week’s 16-mile long run.  So I immediately slapped em on and put my feet up to watch MNF.

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I ordered size SM, based on the sizing chart on the website and my previous sock sizes.  For reference, I have some really big calves and these are pretty tight on me (which is the point), so try to size accordingly, not just based on your height!

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I also took the sleeves on a mid-week run and as expected, they felt great.  I love running in my marathon socks, but sometimes I wish that they provided a little more cushioning for my feet like my regular socks do.  Problem solved with the calf sleeves!  You can wear your regular running socks (I love my Balega ones) to cushion your feet, but still get the compression on your legs.  Another bonus to the sleeves?  They’re easily hidden under pants, maxi dresses or leggings with sandals or flip flops. As we head into fall and winter, the full marathon socks are also a great option under boots! ;)

Long story short: ProCompression marathon socks and sleeves are crucial to my running routine and even more so during marathon training.  And they can become a part of your routine too!  ProCompression is going to supply one lucky reader with a pair of Marathon Socks or sleeves of their choice!  Enter using the rafflecopter link below.  The giveaway will run through this Sunday 9/21.

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And in case you can’t wait for the giveaway, I have a special discount code too!  Enter BLG14 at checkout and you’ll get 40% off all marathon socks and sleeves.  Such a great deal!  Get on it!

Good luck and #KeepItTight!

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NYCM Training: Week 9

15 Sep

Well, I guess it had to happen sooner or later.  This week I experienced my first not-so-great week in my thus-far awesome training cycle.  It seems like maybe the running gods didn’t like how I was talking about how great all my runs were going.  So they sent me a huge painful blister that sidelined me for a few mid-week runs and then topped the week off with my most difficult long run yet.  Awesome.  Let’s recap how that went down:

Monday 9/8: CrossFit.  Another brutal workout, which was super long so I won’t go into details here.  Just know it included rowing, running, burpees, KB swings, pull-ups, push-ups, wall balls and squats–Pretty much every crossfit movement.  Ouch.

Tuesday 9/9: So, my workout was supposed to be 5 miles with 3 mile repeats at 8:35-8:45.  But the super painful blister I earned from my 16-miler on Sunday had other plans.  The blister is right on the ball of my foot between my big toe and second toe and (sorry to be gross) the outer skin came off, leaving it open and raw, and pretty deep.  I bandaged it as best I could and attempted my run, but after my warm-up mile, decided it was best to stop running.  I called boyfriend to come scoop me up off the side of the road and headed straight to CVS for anti-blister supplies.

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Wednesday 9/10: CrossFit.  Thank goodness the workout didn’t have any running or jumping, so my new blister friend could have another day of rest.  The workout was 8 rounds of 300m row with 2-minutes of rest between, plus some core work.  We scored fastest and slowest rowing times, and I kept it pretty consistent with 1:12 being my fastest and 1:14 the slowest.

Thursday 9/11: Rest.  Another weekday run thwarted by my buddy the blister.  The good news is that Bandaid Advanced Healing for Blisters is amazing.  It eliminates the pain from walking on my foot and is already helping to heal the opening.

Friday 9/12: 5 easy (9:41 average pace).  I went out with a bandaged up foot and no expectations.  The run felt great and I didn’t even notice the blister until about halfway through. Success.

Saturday 9/13: Rest.  And by rest, I mean spending the day celebrating my best friend’s bachelorette with a wine tour on the North Fork.  Not exactly ideal rest day, but we had a blast.  IMG_8950[1]

Sunday 9/14: 18 mile long run (10:51 average pace).  This was easily one of the most challenging runs of my life.  I was tired and not necessarily hungover, but not in the best state in terms of hydration and nutrition.  I was thankful that at least the weather was gorgeous and I was able to fit in this long run at all with my crazy schedule.  I had downloaded Oprah’s “What I Know For Sure” audio book and was hoping that would carry me through a 3+ hour run.  It worked for awhile, but my pace was super slow and I alternated between being uplifted by her stories and choking/sobbing over her words.  I was in a strange place mentally and had to continuously remind myself to just put one foot in front of the other.  I took some walk breaks (the first one after only 2 miles) and I even stopped a few times to stretch.  My pace was much slower than my long runs have been as of late but I fought to stay positive.  At least I was running, right?!  The blisters were noticeable, but not stopping me. I knew that although I was struggling, this run would make me stronger for the marathon.  My trusty running buddy Beth told me to shut Oprah off and turn on some tunes to finish the run, and I listened.  Nothing like a little T. Swift dance party to push me through Mile 15.  The good news is, I physically felt good for this run.  No real aches or pains, just a blister and a crazy-runner-brain.  But that happens, I guess….right?! :)

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Weekly totals: 24 miles, 2 CrossFit workouts, 2.5 rest days.

Have the running gods ever shut you down?  

How do you heal running blisters?

What’s your long-run mental strategy?

Tell me about it…

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