Today's run was AWESOME!!!!! We were out at Shelley Lake and then along the creek up the Greenway, which is a very pretty run and not too hilly. The weather was perfect...nice and cool at around 60 degrees, overcast, no humidity.
I wasn't really sure how to dress, so I wore long pants (over my sexy compression socks), a t-shirt, and a windbreaker. Once I got out there and got going, I could have done without the windbreaker, but I didn't feel like taking it off. I think I would like to try some of those "arm socks" - then I could just roll them down or take them off once I was warmed up. I wasn't too warm in the long pants, although I would like to get a pair of capris. I'm also considering running tights for the cooler weather...
The first mile and a half to two miles, I was feeling some shin pain and warming up. After that I started feeling better and was able to pick up my speed a little. The "mentor" that we usually run with was not there today, so I ran with another woman and we went a little faster than we normally do and I think that made a difference. Going to slow increases my shin pain.
4 miles and about an hour out, I ate three of the Clif Shot Blocks (I got strawberry). They tasted very sweet, but what a huge difference they made! Heading back I definitely had more kick and was feeling great. No shin pain at all. I hope I wasn't pushing my running partner too much, but I was raring to go.
My new Camelbak definitely felt heavier at the start of the run, but not uncomfortably so. I didn't suck it dry like last weekend, but it was a lot cooler today. The one I got has two zip pockets (as opposed to one small pocket on the one I returned), plenty big enough to carry my phone, keys, ID, inhaler and fuel. A little inconvenient to reach, but I love it and am glad I went with a hydration backpack instead of the belt. I'm not sure I would have liked the feeling of the belt bouncing around my waist.
I love, love, love my compression socks (actually, they are apparently called "sleeves") by CEP. I wore them all day yesterday, taking them off when I went to bed, and on first thing this morning for my run. I definitely think they made a difference, not only with my shin splints, but also with the tightness in my calves I often feel. I think I might like them better in pink, but they didn't have pink so I got black. I think they are my new best friends and I am so glad I invested in them.
After my run I went to Panera with a bunch of other people from the group, including some of the ladies I will be staying with in the Outer Banks for the half. It felt awesome to be included and hanging out with others, talking about running without anyone rolling their eyes at me (yes, kids, I'm looking at you).
Now the sun is out and it promises to be a gorgeous day, but I'm going to catch a quick nap with E, who is not feeling well, and then try and tackle some yard work. I could not have asked for a better start to my day!