This is my first full week back into half marathon training. I am still not at 100% so I want to ease back gently into my training. Friday is suppose to be my long run day of 6 miles. By the time I got to the trail, it had turned into a cloudy humid day. At mile 1, I was not feeling it at all. It had been a super stressful day and I did not want to run. I made it for a few laps and finally called it before mile 3. It was frustrating and when I have really bad running days like this, I wonder if I should stop running all togetherness, not run the half in November. I was in full feeling sorry for myself mode. Besides, my heel was slightly hurting. I ended up taking Saturday off and today, I resumed my training. Sometimes I just need some time to get a new perspective. Today, (no sitter) I had to do my run on the treadmill and decided to aim for 6 miles again. I set the incline to 1 and went to running. First 3 miles were a little bit of a struggle but mile 4 felt good. Around mile 5, I was having to push myself to keep going. Sometimes, those voices want me to just quit and walk! Not today!!!! I was able finish my run at a consistent pace without any walk breaks. This has been my longest run since my last race. I want to continue increasing my long runs by 1 mile per week until race week. That's about 5 or 6 weeks away. I figure if I can run 10 or 11 miles by then, I won't have any trouble finishing the half... I am trying to be real careful about not overdoing it and getting hurt.
I recently purchased a pair of compression socks. I have noticed a few runners wearing them at races but I have never owned a pair. I think with my Achilles/heel/foot/calf issues I recently encountered, I am willing to trying anything. The compression socks were costly but I wanted to give them a try. I opted for the CEP 2.0 compression socks. I wasn't sure if I would like them but when I put them on, it felt good. It could feel the extra cushion on the bottom of my feet and the compression on my Achilles and calf. I think I will probably wear them during my race! I have also ordered a pair of heel lift and I am looking forward to trying them too.