You might be able to tell from the title of this post that it was a rough run yesterday. I was so excited to try out my new compression socks that I got from a local retailer and see how they would help my running. Specifically I want to try and help my legs on long runs to have better endurance. The sales guy from the local store said these socks are made for running and specifically long distance runs like a marathon.
Here is a list of several things that may have contributed to my difficult run:
- Hottest day of the week. Monday it was in the high 70s and Tuesday in the low 70s. Yesterday it was back up in the high 80s.
- I didn’t drink as much water as usual. I drank 64 oz of water rather than my goal of 96 oz.
- I had a bad night sleep. I woke up at 1:00 AM and did manage to get back to sleep, but it was not a very restful sleep.
- Low carb eating. I was at my lowest weight ever (176 lbs) and have eaten very few carbs. Usually if I get below 180, I have difficult runs.
That said, I have NEVER felt as I did yesterday. I ran a bit fast in the beginning which was not good. Then as I hit the 3 mile mark, I got light headed and felt really strange. It was almost like I was in a dream as I ran. I tried to keep going and did for another half mile, but I got weak and really tired, so I gave up on the run at that point. After I got home and rested, I felt fine.
So it could be a coincidence that I got so dizzy in my new compression socks. I know others who swear by them and several other bloggers have suggested I try them. I will say that my legs felt more relaxed and it seemed to me that I didn’t need to put as much energy into my legs in order to run. At least that was my impression.
So did my compression socks cause this problem or was it circumstantial?
I have a 7 mile run today and I plan to use them again, so I guess I’ll find out the answer… maybe.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Have a great weekend!