Running in 2012 :: A Fun Q&A

I came across this 2012 running recap Q&A on Ashley’s blog last night, which was actually started by Amanda, and couldn’t resist joining in! This year certainly had its ups and downs on the running front but I think in the end I came out on the other side with a more positive attitude. Let’s take a look…

1. Best Race Experience: 3M 1/2 Marathon. I was absolutely blown away by my race performance at 3M. I thought I had no business running that pace during the first few miles, but as I hung on right through the finish – it was clear that running is {obviously} just as much mental as it is physical. I told myself I could do it, pushed through the discomfort, and came out on top with a PR that I didn’t think was possible.

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2. Best Run: A small, local 5K run with Brad. This was the beginning of Brad’s foray into running and it made me SO happy! Little did I know only a few short months later he’d agree to participate in the Austin Distance Challenge with me. I never thought the day would come where I’d run a half marathon with him, let alone 3 in 3 months!

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3. Best new piece of gear: Pro Compression socks. I had a few pairs of socks and sleeves from other various brands, but Pro Compression swooped in and won me over this year! Their products and customer service are seriously TOP NOTCH.

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I’m all for supporting smaller companies and I’m pretty sure I’ve done that this year since I now own every single color marathon sock they make!

4. Best piece of running advice you received:

“Don’t make excuses! Don’t call yourself slow. Just work hard, if that’s something you want, at getting faster. Don’t have huge goals – have mini goals, that won’t bring you down. Mentally its too much pressure.”

Sometimes you need advice, HONEST advice, to kick yourself back into gear. I’m very thankful to have Ashley to put me in my place when I need it 🙂

5. Most Inspirational Runner(s):

  • Jocelyn from Enthusiastic Runner. I started reading her blog about a year and a half ago, and it’s amazing how far she’s come in such a short time. She’s slashed over an hour off of her marathon PR and I can’t wait to see her crush Eugene in April 2013. {Read her Philly recap – hilarious!}
  • Lora from LV Runs NYC. She was plagued with injury during her recent BQ-attempt and is now making her comeback to running. Definitely another one to track at Eugene – girl is FAST! Also hands-down one of the most well-written blogs in my reader.
  • Lauren from Health on the Run. Another incredibly well-written blog, SPEEDY runner coming back from injury. 2013 has big things in store for her, like Operation #goodbye318. I don’t doubt she’ll smash that goal next year at VCM!

6. If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be?

Humbling. Amazing. Fast. FUN!


I’m looking forward to cranking out the miles in 2013 and pushing outside of my comfort zone. And as I said in my Philly recap

I’m ready to put in the work. I’m ready to push hard. I’m ready to dig deep and run strong.

Pro Compression :: Compression Sleeves

It’s no secret that I love Pro Compression. I profess my love for them on a regular basis, pull them on immediately after a long run, rock the hot pink ones secretly under my work pants, and pack them for every single trip that requires air travel.

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You might say I don’t need all of these colors, but TRUST ME – they all see their fair share of action.

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My only issue with compression socks is I’m ALWAYS hot. Since it’s hot as hell ten months out of the year in this glorious state, socks aren’t always something I want to wear. I’d much rather wear sleeves than socks. Unfortunately, Pro Compression didn’t offer sleeves.

Until now.

Pro Compression Calf Sleeves

Pro Compression graciously sent me a pair of their new compression sleeves to try out a few weeks ago. My feet were so happy to be FREE!

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I really loved these sleeves. My only concern was that they were a tinyyy bit too long for my calves, but I think sizing down to an XS would solve that problem. I’m 5’0” and buying anything for my shorty legs is pretty much a nightmare! The sleeves were just as tight as the socks and really comfortable! I was worried they might be too tight on the bottom (as my CEP ones are) but didn’t have any issues. I’ve slept in them several times now and they haven’t bothered me at all!

The Verdict :: Would I purchase these with my own money? Absolutely. I already bought a pair for my boyfriend – and he loves them too!

For a limited time, Pro Compression is offering 40% off all of their Marathon Socks, plus free shipping! Use the promo code SOM912 at checkout.

Do you love compression too? What’s your compression brand of choice?

Five Things Friday

1. Travel for Philly Marathon is FINALLY booked & I couldn’t be happier about it! I researched like a madwoman for the past few months, determined to find the absolute best deal on an airfare + hotel package. In the end, Expedia HOOKED IT UP!

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I found a sweet deal on an awesome hotel. If I booked through the hotel website – $299/night. Through a link on the Philly Marathon website with a special runner discount – $219/night. In combination with 2 round-trip airline tickets – $95/night.img_901

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And airfare didn’t even cost me an arm & a leg, despite the fact it’s the weekend before Thanksgiving: less than $300 each! That, my friends, is what you call a STEAL.

2. I was able to get tickets to Jason Aldean & Luke Bryan in San Diego. Okay, this doesn’t sound like a huge deal, but Jason Aldean sold out his last two shows fairly quickly: one in four minutes, one in THIRTY SECONDS. Needless to say, I was doing the constant-refresh until the clock hit noon today when tickets went on sale.529010_10100148783538725_1925781392_n

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3. I’m kind of obsessed with my running playlist as of late.

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Can’t get enough of Flo Rida’s new album, especially “Run” featuring RedFoo (from LMFAO). It makes you want to (this is shocking, I know) RUN.

4. I bought another pair of Pro Compression socks. Yes, another.

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What? I have to be properly decked out to watch the Olympics!

5. I am super ridiculously excited for the Olympics.

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Obviously most looking forward to the Track & Field events, followed by women’s gymnastics. We have a pretty stellar team this year – can’t wait to see everyone kill it in London! Let’s go Team USA!!

What are you excited about today?