Shortly after yesterdays quick update I headed home. On the way home I realized my back felt ok and decided it would be a good evening to try to put some workout stress on the injury and see how it felt. When I got home I found two packages I was expecting had come in. Both were filled with run goodies I had splurged on: a discounted pair of Brooks Ghost 5 shoes (they put out the Ghost 6 thus causing the eventual decrease in price in my favorite running shoe), new brooks mesh technical hat and some injinji socks with toes and compression socks. The socks I purchased as a potential solution to toe rub caused from my feet’s expansion during long runs, I had heard from IowaTriBob in Florida that these were recommended to him from some other runners and took a plunge and grabbed some pairs. I will have to review these later when I get some more mileage on them and see if they work to alleviate toe blisters. So with new socks and shoes I decided the back felt good enough to try and get a run( I only used the new socks and hat but not the shoes as I did not want to break in a pair of shoes with a sore back).
I had my speed work on the schedule for Thursday night so I decided I would do this workout and see how things felt afterwards, including this morning. Initially I started out slow, just walking for 5-10 minutes, easing myself into a run. Then I began a really slow set of 1:1 run/walk ratio runs for a bit over half a mile. Everything felt fine and I decided to move into the main set which involved a series of .10 mile speed runs. This is supposed to be 400 meter runs but right now I often use a 1:1 run to walk ratio, which ends up being under .10 miles for the run legs. I aimed to complete the .10 distance as close to 1 minute as possible. Since I was getting over a sore back I just did four sets of bursts and followed it with a brisk five minute walk. My goal is to bump these sets up until I feel it would be more beneficial to increase the burst distance closer to a 400 meter distance.
All in all the initial wear of the new socks felt good. It took a brief moment to get accustomed to having my toes wrapped, but I almost forgot it was there once I started my workout. I am glad I got the run ultralight version of the socks as I really do not like my run socks any thicker than this. As I said earlier, I will add a review of these socks later after I get a chance to go for a long run. After showering I put on the compression socks and stretched a bit more. My lower back felt stiff and tight but it did not generate any severe pain. When I awoke this morning I found my lower back was very stiff and a little bit sore. I stretched some and I have been putting ice on it and so far that seems to be the trick to loosening it up and making it not ache. I just have to push and listen to ensure I do not mess up the end goal.
So minor ache from working out means I will push forward with my workout schedule and stop if the ache moves into the pain territory. I am eager to get some lock laces in the new shoes and to go for a long run in the new socks. So far things feel ok and my training plan is back on track. Til next time.
- reviewauthority.com Releases Ratings of Top 10 Men’s Running Shoe Manufacturers for August 2013 (prweb.com)
- Gear Check: Injinji Socks (rulesforrunning.com)
- Protect Your Feet From Blisters (everydayhealth.com)