Easing Back into Training + Feetures Elite Tempo Review

Easing Back into Training + Feetures Elite Tempo Review

I have not shared my training recently on here, as October was a month of lots of training obstacles. I still struggle to build back from having Covid in August. I suffered a panic attack severe enough to send me to the ER; since then, I’ve been seeing multiple doctors to eliminate post-Covid concerns and to treat my anxiety. After lots of unplanned rest days, I am optimistic about finally getting back into training – and excited to try out some new running gear. 

Easing Back into Training + Feetures Elite Tempo Review

Training Update

I will be honest: getting back into training after almost three months of inconsistent running is hard. I took 2.5 weeks off initially after my Covid diagnosis, followed by another several days off after starting back up felt too hard. After three weeks of low mileage, I took another week off due to a cough. I cobbled together a few more three more weeks, only to take a week and a half off due to high anxiety after a panic attack.

I am in the progress of clearing up every possible medical issue. I had a cardiology evaluation and exams on my lungs done. My heart tests all came back clear. I lasted fifteen minutes in the treadmill stress test and the cardiologist said I could gradually increase training without having to worry. I’m pursuing options for managing anxiety; dealing with Covid tipped it from manageable to uncontrolled. I developed asthma-like symptoms (chest tightness, night wakings, throat closing up, sensitivity in my lungs/airways to the cold) after Covid and finally am on an inhaler to manage the symptoms.

Dealing with deconditioning is my biggest obstacle right now. I am much slower than I was before I contracted Covid, partially due to taking so much time off and running low mileage (for me) when I did run. Stroller running has been the hardest, so I’m taking a break from that until I rebuild some semblance of my previous base. 

Rebuilding Fitness

Pending an all-clear on remaining medical tests, my goal is to slowly build up mileage. I ran 20-mile weeks a few times throughout October. Once I can have the peace of mind that I am in good health, my plan is to gradually increase mileage, introduce strides or hill sprints, and recommit to consistent strength training. I do not plan to touch a hard workout for months until I feel like I have solidly rebuilt my base to its previous levels. Slow, sustainable work pays off. 

One side-effect of Covid is that my lungs are extra sensitive to the cold. My throat closes up in the cold, my lungs burn, and sometimes I start coughing. I do not know if this is temporary or permanent (hence why I’m checking with a doctor about possible asthma), but I do know it may mean lots of treadmill training this winter until I figure out how to manage it. I’m lucky that we have a treadmill so I can train throughout winter and I’m ready to put in lots of treadmill miles if it means getting fitness back.

I won’t lie: it is hard to feel so unfit, especially after how high my fitness was over the summer. I worked hard to rebuild postpartum and now I feel like I’m back at square one. However, I also know from that experience that fitness builds back. I just have to have patience and embrace the progress. 

New Training Gear: Feetures Elite Tempo Collection Socks

New gear always makes running more exciting when trying to rebuild fitness. Whenever I feel like my running needs something a little extra to make it exciting, I pick a new item of high-quality gear to motivate myself. Even something as simple as a new Buff or socks makes it more exciting to face down the slow process of rebuilding fitness. 

Easing Back into Training + Feetures Elite Tempo Review

I recently tried the Feetures Elite Tempo Collection. I will admit upfront that I am a sock snob when it comes to running. The Feetures Elite Tempo Collection socks exceeded my expectations and I am excited to have it in my rotation for upcoming training. I find myself reaching for these socks most times I run; I even wear them throughout the day because they are so comfortable and high-quality.

The socks are incredibly soft and comfortable, whether I’m running out in the chilly cold air or on the treadmill in the basement. In cold weather, my feet stay warm without getting sweaty. 

I tried the No Show Tabs; the socks also come in quarter and mini crew heights, which are perfect for winter. Feetures Elite Tempo Collection socks are not just for winter! The wicking and breathability make them a year-round option. 

  • Targeted Compression: for support and comfort
  • Seamless Toe: no blisters and better sock quality
  • High Density Knitting: for durability and comfort
  • Sustainability: feature 74% Repreve recycled poly fibers

You can find the Feetures Elite Tempo Collection on their website. The socks are available in both men’s and women’s sizes and in a variety of beautiful colors. 

Disclaimer: I was sent Feetures socks for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own! 

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10 Responses

  1. I’m sorry it has been such a struggle for you! Hopefully now you can start building back up. I bet running will help to manage some of your anxiety too.
    I also tried those socks and really like them! They’re so soft and comfortable.

  2. A good thing about runners in recovery is that you can take your time. There are no races on and there is no pressure.
    I understand how you must feel about lost fitness, but it will come back. It’s good that you’re taking it slowly.
    I have never tried the feetures! My favourites are Balega and Peter Falke socks.

  3. Laura, I am sorry to learn that you are still having such lingering symptoms. It sounds like you are taking every precaution and getting all the tests and Dr visits done. I hope you are cleared to start training more and that you are on the road to recovery. Thinking of you xoxo

  4. I’m glad you’re writing about this. It’s tempting to relax about Covid because we’re all so tired of it. We need to be reminded that it’s something to take very, very seriously.
    It’s so hard to get back into training- sounds like you have a good attitude about it. Good luck with it!

  5. Ugh, I am so sorry you are experiencing this, and I hope that your side effects will start to ease so your anxieties can ease. I think you are being very brave and very smart about your return to activity. Just try to take one day at a time and you will get there. We are all pulling for you.

  6. I am so sorry that you are struggling to come back to running! But like you said, it will happen. The anxiety is a tougher thing to deal with. I’m struggling with that over here. This election isn’t helping! Just keep chipping away–any progress will help you feel closer to your goal. And remember that you are not alone!

  7. Thank you for sharing your journey with us, I know it hasn’t been easy. I’m glad to hear that you’ve made progress and have a good medical team behind you! I look forward to following you as you build back up. I still feel like I’m at square 1 with my running postpartum!

  8. Wishing you the best, Laura.

    I’ve learned so much about training from reading your blog. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and commitment to helping us all be better athletes, regardless of whatever fitness level we bring to the sport.

  9. Thank you for sharing your struggles with anxiety during your training. I didn’t have COVID, but I have been struggling with anxiety for the last few months too, especially during my long runs. It is good to know I am not alone. We will get through this, Laura!

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