Including today, I have been running for 16 days straight. No break. No cross training. Only running, with some strength training and yoga of course. In 16 days I have run 117.46 miles. A previous version of me would have thought this nearly impossible. But my running is going so well right now and I couldn’t be happier. However, I am mandating a day off from running tomorrow (Mario has already been instructed that if he sees me put on my arm warmers, he should lock me in the bathroom 😉 ). There are two things I am doing differently that I think are helping my recovery and allowing me to run injury free. I always wear my 2XU compression socks and drink Endurox after every hard workout.
I’ve already written a blog about 2XU and Endurox before I had a chance to really start using them. Now that I’ve been using them consistently since November, I’d like to share a few things I like about each.
The socks are tight! I do not wear them while running, only after. The first time I tried to put them on, I was pretty sure they wouldn’t fit over my calves. Once on, my legs were definitely compressed. The socks hold their shape very well and do not lose their ability to compress between uses. (I don’t wash them every time). I can’t think of any day when my legs have been sore from a workout the day before. Even on Sundays, after a long run on Saturday, my legs feel fresh. These socks are great and well worth every penny.
Other than the awesome nutrients in Endurox, there are two huge pluses. It tastes great (lemon lime flavor) and it mixes so incredibly well. I use a blender bottle, shake it up, and that’s it. There are absolutely no pieces or clumps of powder left at the bottom. I couldn’t believe it the first time I used Endurox. So easy and so delicious.
There you have it. My two favorite products for recovery. To run for 16 straight days is a huge accomplishment for me. I’m very thankful I cam across these products and I’m crossing my fingers I can stay injury free for my two upcoming races.
Happy Trails and Happy Running,
Running Update: I had amazing 15.3 miler today. A two mile warm up with 3×2 mile repeats @ marathon pace followed by the remaining miles at a normal pace. My splits for my intervals were 7:14, 7:17, 7:05, 7:14, 7:12, and 7:15. The last 6.5 miles were run sub 8:20 with the last two being at 7:37 and 7:54. Maybe running so easy yesterday really helped me today. Stats are here.
And on another note, I’d like to connect with some more friends on Garmin Connect. Does anybody else use their website? My username is ttrodriguez so connect with me if you need a buddy!