PRO Compression Calf Sleeves Review – Discount Code Included!

Disclaimer:  In order to participate in this review, I received a free pair of PRO Compression Calf Sleeves.  All opinions expressed are my own.

I was recently give the opportunity to review PRO Compression Socks or Calve Sleeves through my Sweat Pink ambassadorship with Fit Approach.  I jumped on the opportunity, because HELLO, I love PRO Compression socks (and the company).

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I have two pairs of marathon socks which I wear mostly for recovery, and they are amazing.  So for this review, I thought I’d try out the calf sleeves.

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For those of you who are new to compression sleeves and socks, here are the benefits:

- Maximized blood flow

- Additional support to feet/calves during tough workouts

- Moisture control

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I wore the calf sleeves during my run this morning, a six mile interval run.  My legs were feeling a bit heavy from a rest day yesterday, so I needed the extra support.  I was curious to see how they compared to the socks, and what I found was:

- The sleeves are super easy and quick to put on, perfect for early morning runs where you roll out of bed into your running clothes, half asleep.

- Since the sleeves aren’t a full sock, there is a bit more breathing room, therefore you stay cooler.

- My warm-up period felt shorter.  The tired feeling went away really quickly during my run.

- They are great for recovery.  I get a tingling feeling in my legs after tough runs, and slipping on the sleeves/socks really helps.

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Sometimes I’m sneaky and wear them at work!

 

If you’d like to try a pair for yourself, and I highly recommend you do, visit their website and use the discount code “PINK” for 40% off your entire purchase!

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Hope you’re all having a good day!  Enjoy the discount code!

 

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Marathon Training Has OFFICIALLY Begun!

Yesterday was Day #1 of Marathon Training!  I really needed it to start, I was feeling so antsy without a plan.  And you probably wanted it to start, so that I would stop talking about wanting it to begin…

Of course the weather was perfect, to match my exceedingly high levels of energy at 6:00am.  I ran 5.00 miles in the park, and finished with strides, for a total of 5.5 miles.  When I got back to my apt, I completed 30 minutes of strength training and recovered with Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator.  It was glorious.

Full review of Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator coming soon!

Also….

LOOK WHAT I BOUGHT!!!

That’s right: I am the proud owner of a Garmin Forerunner 220!  James chewed my last Garmin (boo), but it was dying anyway since it was almost 10 years old.  I was in desperate need, so I went for it.  If I am sure of anything, it’s that I WILL get my money’s worth out of this watch :)

Today is a rest day, because Tuesdays are my long days of work.  I’m already excited about tomorrow morning’s workout!

 

 

Weekend Wrap-Up

Hello!

Did you all have a nice weekend?  Mine was wonderful – both fun and relaxing, albeit much too short.  Aren’t they always, though?

It started with 11 miles on Saturday, 9 of them with friends…

weekend2 weekend4Then cappuccino and snuggles with my boys.  FW makes the BEST cappuccinos…

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weekend6 Later on we both had friends who were visiting so we met up for afternoon beers.  I got to see my friend, PF from England, who I have not seen in 5 years!  It was just like old times and really warmed my heart.

On Sunday, I slept in and did some work…I haven’t had a quiet Sunday in so long!  I went to bed early, because today was MY FIRST DAY OF MARATHON TRAINING! Check out the blog tomorrow for a recap :)

How was your weekend?!

Running, James & Cheese – A Good Day

Apologies for being MIA the past few days…had a whole bunch of stuff to take care of and well, frankly, the blog didn’t make the list.  But here I am now, and I’m sure you’re dying to hear how my runs have been…please note the sarcasm :)

I had to take two long tests yesterday, which actually were kind of fun.  I’m a huge nerd, and getting to do a school work type activity was surprisingly pleasing!  And bonus, after I was done, I had a little time with James before it was time for run club…

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We love the dog park, even if we’re just lounging :)

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KJ and I couldn’t resist a smoothie after a 6 miler. I got Tropical Harvest: butternut squash, carrot, sweet potato, peaches and mango. YUM.

I made myself pasta last night, using LC’s delicious recipe.  Of course, it was not nearly as good as hers (she is a wizard with the pasta!), but it did the job.  I added spinach to the tomatoes because yesterday was lacking in the green department.  Oh, and check out this cheese “block”!

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How are YOU?

Another Weekend for the Books

What a fantastic bridal shower weekend for my sister!

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Gift bags (home made ring trays by yours truly) and the beautiful flowers.

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Love IS sweet!

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Mum and CQ. She is wearing a beautiful shell lei from MB who we missed very much!

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The happy couple <3

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Mum and I

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The best big sister <3

There were so many beautiful guests, however I forget to get permission to post their pics…but rest assured it was FULL of wonderful women, and few nuggets too!

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Sunday morning run around the Charles with CQ.

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Sweaty selfie!

Just an amazing weekend.  So excited for the big day!!

 

How was your weekend?

 

But I Was Still Hungry…

I have morphed into The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

the-very-hungry-caterpillarLet me explain. 

I went to the Dr. Jordan Metzl’s IronStrength class in the park today.  I’ve done it before, as you may recall: 30 minutes of skipping/running up and down a hill, then 30 minutes of plyometrics.  The workout historically takes it out of me.  But this morning, I just could not push.  (Go figure, today was the day the New York Times was filming our workout; I am sure to appear as a slow blob of thigh running by the camera.)  I had no “oomph”.  When I got home, I stretched, aka lay on my mat.

Confession: I have not been very good about eating recently.  I cannot stress enough that this is not purposeful.  But when it’s hot out, I don’t have an appetite.  And if I’m not hungry, it’s hard for me to force myself to eat.  So needless to say, this morning I found myself dehydrated and under-nourished.  Hence my lack of “oomph”; I have only myself to blame!

So enter The Very Hungry Caterpillar. When I finally dragged myself to work, I ate an egg and cheese on a wheat bagel with coffee.  But I was still hungry.  Then I ate through about half a pack of blueberries (“You’re turning violet, Violet!”).  But I was still hungry.  So I waited for lunch.

At lunch, I ate a huge tuna fish sandwich with lettuce, tomatoes and pickles on wheat bread with watermelon…and I was finally full!  Except I’ve already planned dinner (pizza, duh).

So, lesson learned: I need to eat more.  I workout/run a lot, so I need to be better about properly fueling my body.  This is not a dire situation, but this morning was a wake up call: if I want my body to do the workouts I plan, then I need to give it proper fuel.  I feel like I’m making up for lost calories – after today’s calorie blast I should be back on track!

And now I’d love a nap.

Newbie Biker – I Need Your Help!

You all remember when I got my bike?

bikeI bought it in March, and obviously had to wait wait a few months before I could ride.  Since it’s now summer and beautiful, I’ve been riding it in secret.  And by secret, I mean not talking about it on the blog.

I am a very new bike rider.  I spent more than half my childhood on the seat of a bike, but riding for exercise and speed is much different (as I’m sure you are aware).  SO, here is where you give me alllll your advice.  So far, I have gleaned that I need to keep my shoulders down and sit up on my seat.  WHAT ELSE?!   I’m hoping to not look like a child riding a fancy bike.

Anyway, now the secret’s out, so here is proof of my ride last night (8 gorgeous miles in the Park!):

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Oh, and don’t worry Mom & Dad, it wasn’t as dark out as it looks :)

My Weekend in [Mostly] Pictures

I hope you all had a great holiday!  It sure was great having a few days off, wasn’t it?!  Camping was an adventure: torrential rains and hurricane-like conditions made for an interesting first night/day.  But we persevered!  I now consider myself an experienced camper :)

I did not have service in the woods, and my phone was near dead upon arrival to the site which was both inconvenient and awesome.  Awesome, because I did not have a phone to check, and inconvenient because I couldn’t take pictures.

Though it poured Thursday night, a warm and dry tent with LC and WE while sipping on whiskey made it all better.  We had a rainy and lazy Friday morning, with more warm & dry tent time, but this time with coffee and donuts.  By Friday afternoon, we were able to go on a hike and cook a fantastic meal (I had no part in the cooking, only the eating) on the fire.  And by Saturday…well it was downright gorgeous!  And a GREAT day to go for a speedy ride in WE’s car on the track.  I have not done something so thrilling in so long – thank you again, WE!!

And now, the pictures…

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After a great few days in the woods, we headed back to the city.  First on my list Sunday morning was a run!  I slept in so it was HOT.  I saw man after man run by me in shorts and shoes – sans shirt.  In a moment of strength, I threw off my own shirt!  I have never done this.  And even though it felt like everything was jiggling (and probably was), I kept it off.  Girls, it was WAY cooler.  And eventually, comfort trumps confidence.

camping5After the run, we checked out the Transit Museum in Brooklyn.  If you have not gone, GO.  It is such a fun museum!  It is interesting and interactive, great for both adults, kids, and adult kids.  Who doesn’t want to pose as a train conductor?!

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Just a friendly reminder to get a chest x-ray.

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I take this job very seriously.

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Coolest building.

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Old subway car from the 1930′s.

 

How was your weekend?!

 

Pre-Marathon Training Goals

Everyone ready for this three day weekend?!  I cannot wait. I am going camping, and I just can’t wait to get into the woods.  Growing up in NH, I spent a lot of times with trees.  And though I love NYC, it always feels good to escape into nature.  CANNOT WAIT!

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With July here, I am getting more and more anxious to start training for the Philly Marathon.  My official start date is July 18th, and I am just rearing to start!  Since spring racing ended, I have been running about 20-25 miles per week, with exception of a few weeks when I was sick.  I will admit, I have not done as much strength training I intended to do.  The past two weeks I have really tried to improve on this, doing 3-4 strength training sessions per week.

My goals for pre-marathon training are/were the following:

1. Maintain a base: Since I have a lofty marathon goal, I wanted to maintain a solid base of 20-30 miles.  That way, I will be starting off strong, and not from scratch. I have kept up my basic running schedule, with shorter runs during the week and a long run on the weekend.  I did, however, take a break from structured speed work.

2. Strength train: Coach Jess Underhill said I should concentrate on strength training so that again, I could start of training strong.  I didn’t do as much strength training as I’d intended, but I did some.  I have also been stepping this up in the past two weeks.

3. Sleep in: I will not have the luxury to sleep in during the week once I start training, so I’ve been trying to be flexible and let myself do so now!

4. Have fun & be social:  My marathon training will be serious; still fun, but serious.  So during my pre-marathon training, I tried to include as many fun and social runs as possible.

5. Hit the trails.  Running on trails has been a great way to have some fun, change things up, and give my legs a rest from the pavement.  I’ve really enjoyed this aspect of pre-marathon training!

I am quite ready to start training now!  The mental game (i.e. waiting for the training to start) has been harder than the physical one.  But that’s almost always the case with me.  I’m ready to start, and I have a lot of energy and determination to do this right.  Bring on the marathon training!

 

Are you running a fall marathon?  Have you started training yet?

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