Hanging Up My Distance Boots....or Maybe Not!!
By Sarah Doran, Mar 18 2013 08:54PM
So somehow with all the odds stacked against me...I managed a PB at the Liverpool Half Marathon on Sunday. My time was 1hr 47mins 13seconds, 26 out of 327 females in the +35 category. I was/am ecstatic!
I was 6 minutes quicker than last years Liverpool half (also the last time I ran the distance!!), and 3 minutes off my last PB, set at the Birmingham Half in October 2011.
As a fit person who trains regularly you may wonder why I am amazed at the time I ran on Sunday. Well there are a number of reasons!
Firstly, I had put the race to the back of my mind, and about 4 weeks ago decided I'd best start getting in a few long runs (the longest I had run up to this point was about 10k since last years liverpool half marathon)!
My long weekend training runs over the last 4 weeks had proved to be very tough....in fact they were more walks than runs at times. The longest distance I had managed was 9 miles, 4.2 miles short of the mark!!
The crippling bunion on my right foot was also causing my running style to change, causing pains to develop in my calf at about 6miles.
So why did the run go so well on Sunday? Well I have to thank Peer Ovesen at the Chiropractic Clinic in Chester for a great Sports Massage on Friday, which worked wonders and the legs felt great until about 9miles.
The other change I made was to wear compression socks! Normally I see people running around in knee high socks and think 'not really my style', 'is that really a good look', hence the fact I had them hidden below long running tights.
Despite my purely materialistic reservations, my lower legs felt great throughout the whole run...so much so I was loath to take them off after the run as they felt so good.
I only wish they made a compression Onesie, as that may have helped the pains in my hips and upper legs.
Compression socks are designed to hug the muscles helping to increase in circulation. This increase in blood flow benefits the legs by reducing build-ups of lactic acid, which causes soreness during and after exercise. By preventing lactic acid from building up, compression socks eliminate any pain or soreness that a runner might feel during or post-exercise.
I don't know if it was the compression socks that made me run faster, but I have to admit anyhow that they will firmly become part of my running kit....and I will wear them with pride, and not necessarily hidden below running tights. I do also think that my next investment will be some compression tights, instead of a onesie.
Up until Sunday I had decided to hang up my distance boots (until I am blessed with a London Marathon spot), however now the bug has returned and well never say never!! So watch this space.
I wore the More Mile Compression socks as seen here: