Some Socks, A Run, And Sugar Detox

10 Apr

Something very exciting happened on Monday.

I finally got my first pair of Pro Compression Marathon socks! After unsuccessfully entering multiple giveaways for a pair, I decided it was time for me to just go ahead and buy ’em. (My calves made me do it, I swear.) To save some hard earned pennies, I used the April promo code for 40% off all purple and blue socks in honor of Autism Awareness Month (SOMF4). A few days later they were waiting for me on my doorstep (cue the mail song).

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Keep it tight!

I immediately tore open the package and changed for a run. My calves started cheering and thanking me for finally giving them the attention they deserved. I took them out for a spin and I really could feel the difference during and after the run. My calves get really tight and sore and these really helped. I am looking forward to trying them out on my long run this weekend. And I might just be buying them up in (almost) every color so I can get more mail match them to every outfit.

It may have been the excitement, but I did this run at a much faster pace than necessary. My legs still remembered that we ran a fast 5K on Saturday, so they felt a bit tired afterward. But no  fear, keeping the Pro Compression socks on took care of that! (P.S. no hill repeats on Monday to give my legs a little break after racing).

3.59 miles | 30:44 total time | 8:34 avg pace

Yesterday, I started getting a few troublesome symptoms (ear clogged, ear ringing, throat a little dry and sore, exhausted, coughing) so I made last night’s goal to get plenty of water, extra vitamins, and rest. NO SICKIES! My pajamas were on as soon as I got home from work, I ate dinner and hopped into bed. I did not pass go or collect $200. Straight to bed!

I had delusions of setting my alarm for an early run this morning, but my rational side got the best of me and turned that sucker off. I feel much better, but I’m still exhausted. I’m not trying to make myself sick, so getting a run in tonight will be entirely up to how I feel at the end of the day. I’m scheduled for a 9 miler this weekend and I’d rather be well enough to do that than force myself on a short run and feel worse. We will see!

After the whole “Eat All the Thin Mints and Easter Candy” debacle recently, I have decided to put myself on an informal sugar detox. For me, this means no sugary baked goods or candy. Let’s be real, sugar is everywhere and trying to get myself to do a pure detox would be impractical right now. I’m just thinking harm reduction, here.

cupcake (1)I’ll just say it. I already cheated. I ate some Sour Patch bunnies. OK? There, now that it’s out in the open I can move on and get myself back on track.

So – starting tomorrow, no cookies, no candy, no cupcakes, no ice cream. I’m giving myself from now until Saturday, April 20th to sober up. I think I will feel much better once I get the excess refined sugar out of my system and can get back to enjoying sweets in moderation. I think my hips and thighs will thank me for it, too.

Is anyone else detoxing from a Girl Scout Cookie and Easter Candy bender? Should we start a support group?

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12 Responses to “Some Socks, A Run, And Sugar Detox”

  1. Amanda April 10, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    I am also in love with my ProCompression socks. The only reason I bought them was because I got a coupon code. Otherwise, my calves wouldn’t be as happy. A cheaper option I like is Zensah compression sleeves. They stretch out a little more, but I still love them.

    • Nikki April 10, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

      I have looked into Zensah and I think that’s the general review. I’ll probably buy a couple of cheaper pairs too because I’m on a runner on a budget and I like a good deal!

      • Amanda April 11, 2013 at 10:15 am #

        Word. I definitely like the ProCompression socks better, but Zensah’s are good too. They are a little short and stretch out easier, but otherwise I like them.

  2. Ani Danelz April 10, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    Good luck with your sugar detox. I have been off the sweet stuff (any refined sugars) for over a year now and it is amazing how much healthier you feel. The first couple days are the hardest, but after a few weeks your body stops craving the unnatural sugar. Now I don’t even want a cookie or a piece of cake haha the thought actually kind of throws me off.

    • Nikki April 10, 2013 at 8:31 pm #

      Oh wow! Good for you. I can’t imagine cutting out all refined sugars for myself! I’m convinced every tooth in my mouth is a sweet tooth.

  3. Christine April 10, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

    I’ve been thinking about buying some procompression socks I just haven’t been willing to shell out the money, thankfully my birthday is next month!

    I’m not much of a sweets eater I bought 4 boxes of girlscout cookies and still have 3 left. I could definitely use a salt detox. I love everything salt.

    • Nikki April 10, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

      Ooohh I do like some salty as well. Sweet + salty = awesome. …. I have a problem, obviously.

      Happy early birthday! Pro Compression socks sound like the perfect gift to yourself (or to put on your wish list!).

  4. Jen April 10, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

    I’m with you on the Girl Scout cookies and Easter candy. Oh, boy…did I drag that on! I’m also trying to get off the crack that is sugar. I’m limiting myself to one square of chocolate after lunch and one after dinner…starting tomorrow…I slipped and ate a cookie today. 😦

  5. Kim April 10, 2013 at 10:24 pm #

    I have compression socks (zensah) but I started wondering if I was willing my legs to feel better because I was wearing them, or if they really work. I do think they help on race day!

    I just finished an “everything” detox (the Clean program) and I feel amazing, so I would imagine even a sugar detox would make you feel great!

  6. Diana April 11, 2013 at 7:43 am #

    Are compression socks better than compression sleeves, do you think? I have two pairs of compression sleeves (Zensah and CEP) and I’m not really sold on them. The Zensah ones just are not tight enough, and though the CEP ones are tighter, I’m not sure how much good they do. I’ve only worn them after running, though, never during a run. Do you think that makes a difference?

    • Nikki April 11, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

      Two very good questions! I can only answer based on my limited experience, and I think this is something I would like to address more in a blog post with some research. For me, I think socks would be better than sleeves because I tend to get foot injuries (hey, tendinitis) and the added support of the full sock seems like it will be more benefits for me than just a sleeve. And as far as during/after a run, I think that depends on what you’re trying to achieve. They can be worn during a run for long distance performance or after for recovery. Or…both!

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