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Fitness Paraphernalia

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Yesterday I tried out my new swim goggles. I could not believe what a difference they made! I could see very well in the water even though they are not prescription goggles. It made me feel much more comfortable swimming the crawl stroke. Unfortunately, at the time I wanted to swim the Y was testing lifeguards and there was not a lane open for lap swimming. I swam a dozen laps in the open pool area, but it was less than ideal. So I did 10 minutes easy elliptical and 10 minutes easy stationary bike, after drying off and changing, to finish out my workout. The new swim cap and goggles were a good purchase!

The compression leg sleeves I'm not so certain about. I used them on my easy treadmill workout last Tuesday of 3.5 miles in 30 minutes. For that kind of run the black calf-huggers just made me hot. I thought maybe, though, that on a long run they would be helpful. After my half marathon in November I had terrible calf cramps. I know that often means the runner is dehydrated, but I swear I hydrated the day before and drank lots of water and gatorade during the race. So this morning when I started my group run at 6am it was just 52 degrees. The compression sleeves were a help with the temperature. We watched the sun rise and when we finished before 9am, having run 13.1 miles, it had to be in the 60's. I think the compression sleeves were a bit of a help for my calves, but primarily they are warm. I can't see wearing them in the summer. And we have a lot of summer here in central Florida.

So, win some, lose some when it comes to choosing fitness paraphernalia. But whether we are running, walking, swimming, cycling, or doing whatever our favorite activities are, we are all winning!!
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    1882 days ago
  • _LINDA
    I am glad most of what you purchased worked for you! I can't imagine wearing compression anything in the heat you get down there :P. Do you do a brief warm up and then stretch before you do a run? Maybe that would help with the cramps. Also, of course the obvious, do you get enough calcium in a day? Mature women need 1200 mg, and you must take it spread out during the day as your body won't absorb more than 500 mg at a time, and also never take extra calcium with a multivitamin. I used to have cramping problems until I stopped making these errors.
    At least you can use the compression stocking on 'cold' or your 'winter' days. I did see Florida sometimes gets down close to freezing -that makes the weather news here, as well as Spark friend complaining how cold it is ;)
    Hope you had a great Easter weekend..
    1882 days ago
  • GABY1948
    It's all a learning curve for sure and you are learning and you are amazing! HUGS
    1883 days ago
    I wondered about those calf compression sleeves. I have GIANT calves, and am afraid they would just cut off the circulation. Not sure the supposed benefits would be realized. I guess it's different for everyone. However, in Wisconsin we do have much less summer than you have, so may they'd be worth a try.

    BTW - you look fantasticly fit in you background photo, and your 5k time (28.28) would beat a lot of the high school kids who train near my house. Keep it up! emoticon
    1883 days ago
    And you are a winner!
    1883 days ago
    Thanks for the review on sports equipment. I hope I remember it when I go looking for new things to try. Happy Easter!
    1883 days ago
    Do the goggles work over contact lenses? And: what brand did you get?

    I completely agree that having the right gear for whatever the activity makes it go much better. For example, loved my new XC ski jacket and pants!
    1884 days ago
    I wish that I could have gone to the Y yesterday morning to workout with you! I will get back to it as soon as I am finished healing. I'm so glad that your new swimming stuff was helpful. I would guess that the compression sleeves will come in handy on the cooler days next winter or perhaps when your legs are sore. I think you made some great reward choices! Congratulations again on the wonderful job of 4 years maintaining!
    1884 days ago
    Thanks for the great tips. I'm trying to get over my intimidation of swimming, so the tips help. Way to keep at it!
    1884 days ago
  • -AMANDA79-

    I've been swimming more and really love it!
    1884 days ago
    The calf sleeves definitely help when it's cool out.
    1884 days ago
  • CINDYW1102
    1884 days ago
    Keep on keeping on--Lynda emoticon
    1884 days ago
    1884 days ago
    I used to try to "cheap out" on my fitness gear/wear/gadgets.

    Not anymore!

    It's easy to justify the expense: our fitness activities ARE our entertainment. We don't eat out, we don't go to movies, we don't go to bars. Actually, in the long run, I think we're SAVING money!!!
    1884 days ago
    I had the same experience with swim goggles, non-prescription last year. BTW, when you take them out into open water swimming, to avoid having them fog up on you, remember to (gross as it sounds) lick them before you slide 'em on. DogLady shared that tip with me last year and it worked after my disaster in the open water swim... and I used it for the triathlon, to good effect.

    The compression sleeves I have in white, but I can see how in truly hot weather they might be a mixed blessing.

    Enjoy... gotta love trying things out!

    - Barb
    1884 days ago
    Sounds good to me!
    It takes time to suss out what works for us, and what doesn't.
    1884 days ago
    Sounds like you made some good purchases. Even if it doesn't work the way you hoped, you learn something. Keep the good stuff, and continue looking for solutions in areas your purchases missed the mark.
    1884 days ago
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