If the compression solution ran for 2 hours, it should have made some progress toward applying the full load. Click on the Solution Infomation folder, set it to display Force Convergence and put an image of that plot in your reply. Did you try looking at the results?

The suggestion from bhagwantP is a good one, to turn on Auto Time Stepping. I would add that setting the mimimum substeps helps to force small substeps. Try 20, 20, 200 as the three values.