Here Comes The Pain Again

OK gang, I’m excited! So excited that I’ve been pushing the speed a little too much since last Thursday. The result: An angry left shin. But I’m confident that it won’t prevent me from finishing Boston—in 4 days!

This morning I attempted to do four 1-mile repeats at race pace, but I’m so keyed up that I was about 10 seconds too fast. To circumvent the post-run throbbing in my shin I tried something new; I pulled on a pair of Vitalsox Performance Graduated Compression socks (seen here in this lovely photo provided by the company). One run certainly isn’t a scientific study, but I think these things really do stimulate circulation and improve muscle recovery—my legs felt springier, and my feet were super comfy.

And even though they make me look more like a soccer player than a runner, I’m planning to wear them on the big day. My marathon photos will all be keepers!

Countdown to the Boston Marathon: 4 days!

Have you ever tried compression socks? Are you as psyched as I am for Monday?

Originally posted in Running With It on Shape.com.

Are You Addicted To Pain, Too?

I did a speed workout this morning. Even though I was holding back, taking it easy because my body still isn’t completely better (stupid cough!), I could tell it was one of those sessions that I’m going to feel later today. And the thought of my muscles aching made me smile.

The health community refers to it as delayed onset muscle soreness, and it can creep up anywhere between 4 and 48 hours after a tough run. “It’s a sign that your muscles are adapting to the strain you’re putting them under—they’re getting stronger,” says Carol L. Otis, M.D., a sports medicine doctor in Portland, OR. Don’t let mild discomfort keep you from knocking out the rest of your workouts this week, she says. “The key is to manage the pain with ice, stretching, or ibuprofen.” Bigger, stronger, faster? Yes, please!

I know it sounds strange, but I like the pain. It makes me feel, um, alive, as though I’ve done something really tough and now I get to experience the after effects. Still, when my body is super sore I’ll hit up the good doc’s pain relief remedies. I also like to rub Ole Henriksen Muscle Comfort Lotion on my legs. It’s loaded with peppermint essential oil which leaves your skin feeling tingly and cool—kind of like the sensation you get after sitting in an ice bath.

Countdown To The Boston Marathon: 20 Days!

Do you like feeling sore after a good workout, too?

Originally posted in Running With It on Shape.com.