Sometimes I'm vaguely curious just how many hours of my life I've spent literally running in circles here.
Back in September, I was celebrating finally being able to get out on the track & run actual 1200m's at actual (by which I mean theoretical) 5K pace. Then things kind of stalled & I spent the month of October wringing my hands about my sore hip & tired posterior muscles & didn't do any speed work at all, A/G won a 10K, & went on vacation.
Which brings us to now. My hip feels good, I am officially marathon training, and reboots seem to be all the rage these days, so Track Tuesday felt like a good time to get back out there & see what I could do. (Not that I really wanted to, mind you. Food poisoning aftermath is still making it tough to eat much, and I didn't sleep well Monday night, so when I left work I felt like complete & utter crap & wanted nothing more than to come home & crash. The only way I got through it was by never sitting down.)
Coach Tom does looooove him some 1200m's; Tuesday's assignment was 2 warm up, 4 x (1200m @ 5K pace / 3:00 jog), 1.5 cool down.
(I only warmed up for 1.5 & cooled down for 1. Sue me.)
Usually I can lock into this pace pretty easily & run near-perfect 5:00 splits over & over again, but given my out-of-practice-ness and my recent lack of food & sleep, I'm just happy to have been able to get through them without anything hurting. Wonder of wonders, I actually felt better after the workout, but let me still say for the record, holy HELL was it a bitch & a half. That part where you're doing speed work consistently enough that it doesn't suck major ass every time? Yeah; I'm more excited about that part. Ugh.
For the first time in a long, looooong time, I earned a blaze-of-starry-glory runner for a track day.
Which I think clearly trumps the ghostly-runner-of-ambivalence I've been mostly getting lately.
Nothing says "Meh; you tried" like the
Ghostly Runner of Ambivalence.
Just to round out the set, I feel like I should also show you the Hammock of Shame:
I even got kind of bold & ran my first two intervals in my Universes. In retrospect, this probably explains a lot of why my calves were hamburger meat the next day. BUT, otherwise, I am feeling fantastic.
I am in the market for new running socks. My absolute favorites ever ever ever from Under Armour are going on 4 years old & getting dingey & threadbare, & UA apparently doesn't make them anymore. I've tried the newer versions & felt very meh about them. Since then I've tried three different brands (Feetures, SmartWool, & SofSole), all of which have been kinda-sorta 60/40 okay but also sporadically given me blisters, something that never happens with my Under Armour favorites.
So tell me about your running socks. What do you love? What holds up for years at a time & keeps you humming along blister-free? What's the best bang for your running sock buck?