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What’s in a Sock?

It was a glorious morning the sun was shining and my sneakers were calling my name. I stumbled out of bed and then rolled back into  bed. I was tired! An early morning run was not what I needed and with that I pulled the covers back over my head.

An hour later I awoke to get the kids ready for school and still was not ready to run. I made every excuse in the book – my knees hurt, cursed shin splints, and I felt an ache in my quad. It was enough for anyone to roll their eyes at me if they heard me talk myself out of my morning run.

Instead, I opted for the grocery store run, on my way, the sun was shining, and I was feeling guilty.  I kicked myself for not going for my run? So, on my way home I decided  had one last chance to motivate myself and that was by purchasing something new!

My impulsive shopper lightbulb lit up  in my head! And I heard the sound of bells leading me to the nearest sports shop. I had a solution to the shin splints and they were known as compression socks. They would be my new test project!

I enthusiastically entered the store, found what I was looking for and  sighed at the price! Twenty dollars for socks!  But I told myself this is what I needed to complete my 8km of rolling hills. I handed over my twenty and thought this better be worth it.

The moment I arrived home I  haphazardly stashed the groceries, ran to my room, changed into my gear, and then  pulled out my new socks! They felt cozy, and warm. I was beginning to think it was well worth the twenty-dollar investment, my calves were snug, my laces were tied, and I bolted out the door for my run.

After, the first km, I waited for the sudden pain in my shins, and nothing! I waited for a momentous pain at 3km and still nothing! I was in running heaven! I ran the hills, admired the arrival of spring on the trails, and hopped over the mud puddles. I was a red-faced hideous mess but still feeling good!

It was one of those runs that I didn’t want to do! I wasn’t in the mood! But in the end I can thank my lucky socks! So, I ask you what’s in a sock? In my new socks they had the coziness to motivate and the smell to make you run out of your shoes. Do you have a lucky piece of clothing that gets you motivated to move?

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Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook

14 replies

  1. So happy to hear that you were able to get out and enjoy a nice run! 🙂 Today was the only day in a long time that I didn’t feel guilty for not running. Ran a 10 mile race yesterday and whoa, am feeling it today. Mighty sore! Anyhow, I’ll have to try those compression socks. They sound like a great charm. 🙂

    1. Woohoo! Congrats that’s awesome! I hope your resting up and enjoyed a marvelous meal this evening! I rely on A 535 to get me through the pain. My husband loves the smell – I think he nearly gags when he climbs into bed :O I was very skeptical about the whole compression sock business but am happy to report that I love them. I was still sore but I did find an improvement in my calves this afternoon 🙂

  2. Umm… My exercise attire (unless it is really warm out and I am wearing one of those bra top things) leaves a lot to be desired. I usually work out in clothes that are one step above rags. However, when I do know I am going to have a rough day, I do have “lucky” outfits to wear. Lots of time, when I know I will need a mood boost, I dress accordingly!

  3. Oh, gosh. I haven’t run since… Well, let’s just say it’s been a few decades. But, I need to get out and walk, and the dynamics of you talking yourself out of it are pretty familiar!

    I don’t think I need new socks, but a new attitude wouldn’t hurt. I wonder if there’s something that will compress my motivation? 🙂

    This really is a great post – thanks!

    1. Thanks! It’s always easy to talk yourself out of it! I find if I have everything ready to go, there’s no thinking about it, and I have to do it! I always feel better afterwards it’s just the motivation in the beginning 🙂

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