Training Week 2: Free Week + Compression Wear

July is CRAZY! Seriously, July has got it going on. I feel very thankful for that.... and slightly frazzled.

The week itself has been rainy but the kids and I did sneak in some gardening time. Our spinach was ready for its first harvest and the garden was a jungle in need of weeding. E said he wants to be a "master gardener" when he grows up!

Spinach fresh from the garden just tastes SO much better...

On Friday, we hit the road for a camping and wedding adventure and, honestly, marathon training had to go on pause.

So, yes, this was a "free week" for training. With all of the wedding stuff going on and not having a super safe route to run on, I thought it was best to put things (mainly a 16-mile run) on hold for the weekend.

The wedding was beautiful and truly God-centered. Marriage is under heavy attack in our country and I feel so blessed and encouraged to see godly marriages beginning and then being lived out for God's glory!
"Love must be God-centered or it is not the greatest love; it leaves people without their deepest need and only hope." John Piper, Taste and See
The wedding weekend as a whole felt long but everything went smoothly. We didn't have any major meltdowns (that I recall), RV camping with Grandma was a blast and the kids both hung in there at the wedding dance until 10 pm. Pretty good for a one-year-old and three-year-old!

P.S. I love dressing our little ones in matching outfits :) #cheesymomproblems

Starting tomorrow, training for the Wild Hog is back on track and I want to introduce you to the FXC Butterfly Compression Socks sent to me by SLS3!

Compression socks are one of my tricks for speeding up recovery after a hard/long effort. They increase blood flow and help my post-long run lead legs return to their more lively normal state.

I wear my compression socks on running days and on non-running days (I'm actually wearing them as I write this!). The fit is nice and snug plus the nylon/spandex material is very breathable.

Don't you love the butterfly design?! This compression sock line comes in some wild colors, too. Might as well keep it fun!

Check them out! The FXC Butterfly Compression Socks by SLS3 are available on Amazon for $29.90 (as of 7/14/16).

Do you use compression clothing for recovery or during workouts?


Wild Hog Marathon Training Week 2:

Monday, July 11


Tuesday, July 12

Easy-Effort 7 mi, 01:02 @ 08:51 avg pace.

Wednesday, July 13

Speedwork: 4.1 mi, 00:31 @ 07:40 avg pace. 4 x 1k @ 7:05, 7:05, 7:08, 7:09
Strength: Planks, hip hikes, leg raises, bridges. And "ball wars" in the basement with the toddlers (which means throwing every ball we have back and forth across room).

Thursday, July 14

Packing for our camping/wedding trip.

Friday, July 15

Tempo with double stroller: 6.25 mi, 00:53, 08:26 avg pace. WU, 5 miles @ 8:24/mile, CD

I took the kids out for a run before loading up the van and leaving on our camping weekend! Rehearsal dinner for the wedding was that night followed by the groom's supper. We ALL slept well that night!

Saturday, July 16

I decided to skip the long run this weekend and just enjoy the morning playing with Grandma (my mom) and the kids while Daddy was away for wedding party pictures. We were off to the wedding that evening and then the dance. It was another long day but very fun!

Sunday, July 17

Headed back home and resumed normal life.

Total Mileage:  17.35 miles

Linking up with Holly and Tricia's Weekly Wrap Up and Faith's Mommy Moments.


  1. I have on my butterfly socks as I'm reading this! Seriously! Your family wedding photo is beautiful. I know everyone enjoyed the RV with grandma too. Your spinach reminds me of how we grew turnips when I was a child and my mother washed them in the washing machine to remove the dirt. True story. Thanks for linking, Amy.

  2. I also went to a wedding Saturday! It was the wedding of my lifelong friend from high school and was a beautiful ceremony. I've never worn compression socks but simply put my legs up against a wall after long runs. It really helps with recovery!

  3. Your family is so adorable! Sounds like you had a great time at the wedding!

  4. I bought me some of these but dang my foot is too small even for the xs/s size I had to send them back, It made me sad cause I loved the design!


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