Today I tried out a couple of new things on my run. The 1/2 marathon is less than 3 weeks away and I want to do everything I can to be ready.
According to my training plan, I was scheduled for a 45 minute tempo run this afternoon. What is a tempo run? Here is the definition according to my training guru, Hal Higdon:
Tempo Runs: This is a continuous run with a buildup in the middle to near 10-K race pace. A Tempo Run of 30 to 45 minutes would begin with 10-15 minutes easy running, build to 15-20 minutes near the middle, then 5-10 minutes easy toward the end. The pace buildup should be gradual, not sudden, with peak speed coming about two-thirds into the workout. Hold that peak only for a minute or two. I consider Tempo Runs to be the “Thinking Runner’s Workout.” A Tempo Run can be as hard or easy as you want to make it, and it has nothing to do with how long (in time) you run or how far. In fact, the times prescribed for Tempo Runs serve mainly as rough guidelines. Feel free to improvise. Improvisation is the heart of doing a Tempo Run correctly.
I have found tempo runs to be difficult. It is a mental battle to stay at a more uncomfortable pace for a certain length of time and I have yet to be consistent at this. What it has done is make me run faster – that is key. If I want a faster time, I must run faster.
Ever since the ankle issue began, I’ve been reading more and more about the benefits of compression socks. Compression socks are supposed to help with circulation in your calf and foot and help prevent blood pooling (gross, right?). I know many runners swear by them. Runners who have ankle and foot issues. Hey, that’s me! At this stage in the game, I’m willing to try anything so I snagged a pair of Sugoi’s and took them on their maiden voyage .
I loved them. They felt good and solid on my feet and calves, but they weren’t so tight that it was uncomfortable. My legs have not felt that good in a long time. My ankle stayed pain free the entire run! Was it all the socks? That’s really hard to say. Maybe it was all in my head. Maybe it’s because I’ve been diligent with icing, resting and being good to my ankle. It doesn’t matter to me really, I’m sticking with the socks. Plus, don’t I look super cool?
Have you tried compression socks? What do you think?
The other new thing I tried was to run dehydrated. This I do not recommend. I did not realize I was dehydrated before I left, but it didn’t take me long to figure it out.
Although my legs felt great, my breathing was a mess. I could not seem to get it under control. I even had to stop a few times because I just couldn’t get any air. As I thought about my day, I realized all I had had to drink was two cups of coffee and not even a full glass of water. Hello? Not smart. Do not try this at home.
I struggle with water. I don’t love it. I drink it, but not nearly enough. I have a hard time getting in a lot of fluids. If I’m in the office, I drink a lot of tea. There are many days, however, where I am out and about and don’t even think about it. It’s time to start thinking about it.
Do any of you have a hard time staying hydrated? Any tricks or tips you can share on how I make sure I’m drinking enough?