Turtle Thursday

I woke up today feeling a bit under the weather, my nose has been running all day and my head is debating whether or not to have a headache. Work was quite atrocious, there were times I wanted to shout at my coworker, “I don’t actually care, I won’t be here in two months!” (He isn’t aware that I’m leaving.) But I made it through, and towards the four o’clock hour I had serious thoughts about going for a run.

Since I’m often foolish, I wasn’t sure if it was appropriate to run while getting a head cold. Typically I don’t abide by “healthy medical” practice, I prefer to do things based on my feelings. Which are often wrong… Based on the feedback I received from some fantastic twitter-folk, I decided to go for a slow three miles and constantly reevaluate my physical condition.

These days, Ohio has been kind enough to have the most finicky weather. When I left work it was pouring, but it seemed to lighten up on the way home. By the time I changed and was out the door, it was still determining if it wanted to continue its rain cycle. As I left my apartment I noticed that I started too fast. I had to remind myself that I needed to pace appropriately or I’d be on the ground in a few minutes. Of course that didn’t do much to change my pace, I found that I was feeling decent for most of the way so I didn’t slow myself. When I first began the run, I expected to be going a minute per mile slower than average, just to keep my body happy. Rounding towards home I realized that I was having negative splits. Where was this speed coming from?! Somehow I managed to push myself the entire way without slowing or having my body complain. Mission accomplished, and I’m still shocked that I sped up towards the end without wheezing.

On another note, the Zensah Calf Sleeves I’ve worn for several runs and races, well they are absolutely amazing. I didn’t feel a twinge of discomfort in my calves the entire time. They helped to keep my calves comfortable, which is exactly what I need these days. I hadn’t heard of calf sleeves until recently. After experiencing pain on the outside of my leg while running, I realized I needed a solution. Stretching wasn’t cutting it and changing my stride made me feel like I was waddling… With some research, I realized that calf sleeves were my best bet. Now I can honestly say that they were a lifesaver.

To top off my evening? Well I decided to end today on a high note with a delicious combination of peanut butter, banana, and chocolate. Can you think of anything better? I hope this doesn’t become a habit, that could be delicious detrimental to my health…

Now tell me: What exercise equipment has saved you in the past? And what is your secret nighttime snack craving?

Note: I purchased the Zensah sleeves on my own dime, all praise is solely my unbiased opinion. Of course I wouldn’t mind if Zensah sent me some compression gear to review. (Bright pink is preferable…)


About Michelle

I'm an engineer living (and running) in Palo Alto, CA.

Posted on May 26, 2011, in Running and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I’ve been debating getting a pair for a while. I’ve been transitioning to minimalist/barefoot running and I’ve hurt my calves a few times while overdoing it. Thanks. Hope you feel better.

    • I say do it! Just purchase a pair and see if they help with your calf pain. What is the worst that can happen, you lose $30 and find out that sleeves aren’t a solution. Best case scenario? They save your legs and you run injury free while barefoot running. A friend of mine runs barefoot through all weather and terrains. It amazes and confuses me, you’ll have to tell me about it sometime.

  2. Negative splits with a cold?!? You go, girl! I’m glad the weather cooperated and you had a good run!

  3. I never thought of it that way, well put!

  4. This is my second time reading this post (yay for Twitter!) and I think it’s meant to be, so I’m gonna just take the plunge and buy some calf sleeves (can’t hurt to try them!). Now … to pick a color! :)

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