Good Times Series 5k #2 + Lily Trotters Compression Socks!

Happy Thursday and almost long weekend!
As promised, I’m back with a recap of Tuesday night’s 5k, which I rocked in the awesome Lily Trotters compression socks that were so kindly sent to me to review! (*spoiler alert*- I love them!)Lily Trotters Compression Socks Review | 2 Generations RunningBut let’s talk about that 5k first. I mentioned it in my last post, but I’m still dealing with a bit of a weird summer cold. I felt pretty horrible during the beginning of the week, but a good nights sleep had me feeling A LOT better on Tuesday. Not 100%, but I was still excited to run and give it my all.
It was warm but there was a little breeze and it felt like pretty good running weather. It also helped that I felt like a badass in my polkadot Lily Trotters socks. Because nothing says badass like polkadots. 😉

We lined up and after a few opening remarks, and then we were off! I felt like I was flying that first mile (which I was), and I had to make myself slow down a few times to keep myself from being too much faster than my desired split. My legs felt great in the compression socks and I was happy to discover I didn’t feel too hot in them even as I started sweating up a storm.
1st mile: 7:22. I was aiming for 7:30, so I was pretty close to on-target which I was happy about. It all went downhill from there though.

I could feel my cold beginning to take its toll on me as I began to slow down despite my best efforts not to. I tried to relax and focus on slowly reeling in a few runners ahead of me. Maybe if I didn’t think about it, it would feel easier. Meanwhile, a few runners from my running club who had paced themselves better were passing me! They gave me a thumbs up and I appreciated the little gesture of solidarity as I was struggling.

Mile 2: 7:51. Off from my goal, but still sub-8 which me relatively happy. Finally we were into the homestretch and I knew that at least I was going to be done soon. There was a woman in a black running tank ahead of me who I’d been working on catching for most of the race and I was just behind her now. I made the final turn off the river walkway that most of the course winds along and gave it all I had up a small hill and around the corner, passing her only 25 yards or so before the finish.

Mile 3: 8:01 for a final chip time of 24:09. Not a PR and DEFINITELY not negative splits. At first, I was a little disappointed, but then I had to admit that this time was pretty dang good for the second 5k of the series and for having a cold at the time. I have to be a little patient with myself and get it into my head that I have all summer to work on getting faster; it shouldn’t and probably won’t happen right away. I did move up one spot in my division though! I should also mention, it was a great night for my mom! She scored a new PR with a time of 25:35 and a third place finish in her age group! She’s a speed demon!

Overall, I was pretty darn happy with how I ran and how great my legs felt in my new socks. I’m a total newbie to compression socks, but I think Lily Trotters has set the bar pretty high with their cute designs and comfortable, not-too-tight feel. 🙂 My mom was totally coveting my pair and even borrowed them for a run after a hard workout the other day (I swear, we don’t normally share socks…) Needless to say, we’ll be ordering her a pair of her own. If you visit their website right now, you can sign up to receive notifications when their website launches and to receive the best early bird discounts. I’m so pumped to kick back in my pair after some long runs later this summer. 🙂

Have an awesome 4th of July weekend! I know I will!

Have you tried Lily Trotters compression socks or other compression socks? Are you a fan? Got any 5Ks on your summer race calendar?