Slow Going Recovery

I haven’t posted in a while about my training or lack thereof as I’m still slowing coming back from achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis. The doctor gave me the all clear last week to slowly re-introduce running back into my daily life.

So far I have done 3 walk/run sessions, two outdoors and one on the treadmill. I felt good after each one of these workouts and was pleased. However, I played golf the other day at a hilly course and woke up the next morning with aching calves and achilles tendons. I honestly didn’t even think about the golf game having such an effect on my legs but apparently it did.

Post run/walk session 1

Post run/walk session 1

I also have been riding my bikes more as the weather has been good. I rode my road bike the other day and could definitely feel more strain on the calves than with my tri bike, just different bike geometries. I’m going to stick to my tri bike from now until my legs are stronger. Before going back to the docs, I had been taping my legs and feet with RockTape and I think it really made a difference, especially in just everyday use. The RockTape provides support where I’m body is currently lacking as well as added circulation which is greatly needed since I have the blood flow equivalent to a straw being used to drink a Dairy Queen Blizzard.


All in all, I’m not going to push this recovery and need to stay on top of the stretching, rolling and taping if I’m going to get past this walk/run routine to do The Donna at the end of February.

If you haven’t checked out RockTape yet, I encourage you to do so. You can purchase it here and watch videos on how to tape for different ailments here. 



Christmas Day Running Outfit

Christmas Running Outfit


If my achilles/calves are up to running Christmas morning, I’m hoping to sneak in a quick run before we get to tearing unwrapping Christmas gifts, eating way too much and drinking too much.

I put together this fun Christmas morning run outfit for us warm-er runners where we don’t have to worry about snow and ice but whether or not it will be chilly enough to turn off the air conditioning and maybe even have a log burning in our barely used fireplaces.

New Balance Boylston Top


1. New Balance Boylston Long Sleeve Running Shirt-$59.99

This lightweight running shirt with reflection on both the front and back by New Balance is great for when you need a little more warmth but certainly don’t need a jacket or turtle neck. With thumb holes and a semi-fitted fit, you’ll be comfortable on your holiday run.

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2. Christmas Holiday Lady Runner Hat on$15.95

Let’s face it, reindeer antlers and Santa hats are cute but are certainly not made for running in. You may think it’ll be worth it but after the first 1/10th of a mile, you’ll be ready to ditch your holiday accessory in the first bush that comes along. Zazzle has several cute trucker hats with fun holiday prints on them. These hats are super lightweight, adjustable and just fun!

CW-X Stabilyx

3. CW-X Stabilyx 3/4 Tight-$90.00

CW-X includes support with their Support Web exoskeleton (the piping up and down the legs). This design feature is supposed to help with knee, lower back and leg support. The green piping of course makes it great for the holidays.


4. Swiftwick Aspire Zero Socks in Red-$12.99

Swiftwick is based and made here in the United States and provides varying degrees of cushion, compression and moisture wicking properties in all of their socks. The Aspire line is a personal favorite as I wear them both to the store and on runs because they provide just the right amount of compression and cushion. The red is the perfect shade for Christmas and will be great for wearing during present time as well.

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5. Nike Free 5.0-$100.00

Nike Frees are popular for their natural, barefoot like feel and support. They are super flexible and are low profile plus they come in lots of colors! These running shoes also don’t have sewn overlays and boast a sock-like interior for easy on and off. 6.7 ounces and 8 mm drop.

If hats aren’t your thing, check out Sparkly Soul’s Red and Green no-slip headband!

Sparkly Soul Xmas