There are a few must have items that I know have to fit in my suitcase for all long runs and races of any distance.
1. Body Glide
3. Compression gear
The last one on that list is definitely the newest addition. I started using compression sleeves earlier this year when I started to train for the Country Music Marathon. I wore them on every speedworkout and long run. I had heard the benefits of them for faster recovery, and I was willing to try anything – I wasn’t getting back to workouts as quickly as I would have liked. I couldn’t find a pair of actual socks that I liked, so I stuck with the sleeves.
Well, early last week I was sent 2 pairs of actual compression socks (not just sleeves) to try out. I had the Turkey Trot on deck and knew that would be the perfect time to try them! I wore the white ones, really only because they matched my outfit best
I was sent the Small/Medium size. I was hesitant at first when I opened them – I thought they would be too small. I have a pretty big foot (size 10) and my calves are pretty muscular as well, so the thought of squeezing them into a size small was a bit daunting.
Lucky for me, they fit perfectly! Compression gear is always tricky to actually get on your leg, but after that, they should fit pretty snug. That is how you actually know they are working. Oh, and how do they work??? Straight from the ProCompression website:
“PRO Compression socks are designed specifically to deliver both maximum comfort and speedy recovery times. The science is complex, but benefits such as improved blood flow, stability and comfort are universally understood. The moment you put these socks on your feet and incorporate them into your game, you will feel and understand the difference.
PRO Compression socks are noticeably tight and require more effort to put on than standard socks in your drawer. But it’s that extra effort and much-needed compression that make all the difference. Be patient and your feet will thank you.”
The actual foot part of the sock is not too tight, but is also not lose like a regular sock. Once the sock comes up on my ankle, I can definitely feel the compression start, and it runs all the way up to the tip top.
The only part of the socks that wasn’t a perfect fit is that they are pretty tall.
I actually have to roll them down so that they do not hit the back of my knee. Rolling them down isn’t a big deal for me - (Edited post publish: Instead of rolling the socks down at the top, use the space by your ankle to scrunch down a bit. Rolling the top inhibits the compression factor from working correctly. The company let me know that, so be sure NOT to roll them down.) If you have shorter legs, be prepared that they may come up the back of your knee.
The night of the race. my legs felt fine. I was only sore at my hips – not my calves at all, which was surprising since I had a much faster pace than I had in months for the race. I would say the socks did their job.
If you want to grab a pair for yourself, use the code FIT40 for 40% off your purchase, plus free shipping! The code is good through December 15th, so it is a perfect holiday gift. I think I am going to grab another pair for myself – the baby blue argyle is calling my name
I received these socks through a partnership with Fitfluential LLC. All thoughts and opinions on the socks are my own.