Friday, February 21, 2014

Socks and Purses

by Meghann on February 21, 2014



That’s Maddie’s I’m-so-happy-it’s-Friday face. ┬áThat’s also her I-just-ran-3.5-miles-and-I-have-energy-to-spare face. I signed both of us for a dog-friendly 5k at the end of next month. I’m not sure if there are any official prizes for being the first dog across the finish line, but if there are, Maddie has this one in the bag. My little runner girl is ready to show those other dogs who’s boss.

Speaking of our run, Brooks sent me some awesomely pink Compression Knee High socks to test out this month.


Aren’t they amazing?

The truth is, despite my 6+ years of running, I’ve never worn compression socks on a run before. I’ve worn them while recovering from long runs during Ironman training, but never while actually logging my miles. I have friends that swear by them for preventing cramps and aiding in a faster recovery, but I’ve never given them a shot before. So when these babies arrived looking so pretty I decided to test them on my short weekly run with Maddie.


Please note that it was in the low 70s and at about 89% humidity when we took off for our run this morning. In other words, it was really hot and humid and I was sweating almost immediately. It wasn’t long before all I could think about was how warm and itchy the compression socks were becoming on my calves. Hmmm… maybe this wasn’t the best day to test these socks.

So, yeah, in the end I’m glad I decided to test the compression socks on my short run and not during my half marathon on Sunday (which should have similar weather conditions). I’m sure the compression socks offer loads of benefits when worn on a run, but this Florida runner couldn’t get over how sweaty and itchy my legs were. I couldn’t get the socks off fast enough at the end of the three miles! From now on I think I’ll stick to wearing compression socks for recovery AFTER long runs and while traveling. I think they’ll server their purpose (and my sanity) a little better that way. ­čÖé

The good news is Brooks still offers cute sock options that are a little more practical for my running.

The Essentials Low Cut Tab Liner 


Love the gray and pink, but also the dry-stitch polyester that wicks moisture from my feet when running. The mesh top also reduces bulk and allows better air circulation, keeping feet cool and comfortable.

The Infiniti Double Tab Mesh


LOVE these. So soft and comfortable. I’m also a fan of the double tab at the top, which should prevent the sock from sliding when I wear them for the half on Sunday (I had the problem with the falling sock during Best Damn Race a couple of weeks ago and do NOT want to go through that again).

What’s in my purse?

Caitlin challenged me a while ago to do a “What’s in my purse?” post. At first I wasn’t sure how interesting it would be since my purse is pretty simplistic – my wallet, cell, keys, and a collection of receipts from the previous weekend that probably need to be trashed.

BUT then it occurred to me that that purse isn’t my normal purse. I have second purse that I use exclusively for going to and from work that has developed quite a stockpile of junk in it. It didn’t hit me how bad it was until I was digging through the purse after getting my hair cut and started pulling out so many random items that the clerk who was checking me out started laughing. I started laughing too, it was pretty amusing.


So what’s in my giant “work” purse….


A little bit of everything apparently.



Let’s see, we have:

  • Rack cards for work
  • A birthday card
  • Sock change purse
  • Wallet
  • Old receipts
  • Moisturizer
  • Tic tacs
  • A recipe card
  • Pens
  • Age group prize from work
  • Tampons
  • Bag clip
  • Reusable bag
  • Yelp sunglasses
  • Mints
  • Phone
  • Gum
  • Gatorade
  • Checkbook
  • Ibuprofen
  • Keycard
  • iPad charger

(this was after I cleaned out some wrappers and other trash)

So that’s what’s in my purse. What’s in yours?










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