Well, I’m happy to report that I got my ~12.5 mile run in this morning well before the skies open up. It was warm, humid, and I dumped water over my head multiple times from various fountains (note to self: this increases chafing risk significantly) 🙂 The dirt factor from the bridle path was also pretty extreme this morning – geez!
So, I usually do part of my long runs through Riverside Park, which I love. Recent happenings earlier this week have really gotten to me – two women were attacked (by the same person) early Monday morning in Riverside Park between 120th and 98th streets – areas I usually cover during my runs. One of the women was running, and the other walking her dog. This hits pretty close to home, and serves as another good reminder that even though it’s light out relatively early these days, it’s so important to stick to areas that you know and where there are other people (or runners) around. I also highly recommend ditching the ipod for early a.m. runs – these can really prevent you from hearing and paying attention to what’s going on around you. I actually contemplated sticking to Central Park this morning, but in the end decided I didn’t want this incident (and one crazy asshole) effect the way I go about my run. Still, I hope this guy is caught soon.
On a lighter note, my run was great, Riverside Park was beautiful as ever, and I relaxed this morning with coffee and the New York Times. Ahh.
I also enjoyed relaxing wearing these:
Compression socks (of the footless variation)! Now, I wear these for somewhat different reasons that the normal runner, but think it’s so interesting that they’ve recently become popular among runners for both during and after running.
Let’s investigate. Compression socks were developed to increase circulation, mostly for the “older” folks, with a few exceptions. Somewhere along the way, runners started wearing them to improve their running, make blood pump more efficiently and maybe even increase their endurance (thought there’s no solid evidence on the ladder). I’ve never run in them, but really do notice a differnece in how my legs feel if I wear them after a run – especially long runs. A recent study found wearing compression socks after a tough workout can promote faster lactate recovery rate. This is reason enough for me to keep wearing them, and feel slightly cooler knowing I’m not the only 20-something runner around sporting them on a regular basis. 🙂
There’s a great article in the August 2010 issue of Runner’s World on compression socks with reviews of various different brands. I can’t find the article online, but I’ll keep looking!
Question: Do you wear compression socks? Thoughts?