How many times have you heard that the only equipment you need for running is the shoes? Yet, we consistently seem to need wayyy more than that.
Top of the line sports bras
The latest running shorts or skirts
Running water bottles and belts
and the list goes on and on….
An item that I am very hooked on being a top running necessity is a pretty simple one: good running socks. In the past, I really didn’t think anything of good socks. I would wear the cotton ones I got in multi packs and be on my way. That is, of course, until I picked up a pair of socks specifically meant for running.
Dealing with blisters and chafing on long runs (or any run) is the worst. The last scenario you want to have happen is to be in tip-top shape, and have a blister that slows you down considerably, or even stops your progress. Investing in a few pair of running socks can help to drastically reduce your chances of this happens. They are made of synthetic fibers – the same kind your shoes are made of. Cotton socks rubbing on you synthetic shoes cause a lot more friction than you need. However, synthetic on synthetic is a much better match.
Swiftwick was nice enough to send me a couple of pair of running socks to try out a few weeks ago. Of the two pair, I love one! The other pair fit well, but it was a mid ankle cut. I just do not like my socks to fit that high. The ones that I really like are the Swiftwick VIBE Zero’s
They are light compression and very light weight. I like the little bit if pink they added to the sock to give it something extra and girly. They actually call it “breast cancer pink”, which is perfect for October, which is also breast cancer awareness month! The technology of the sock, right from the Swiftwick site:
A compression “no-show” sock that sits just below the ankle and will never slip down. This is the starting point for all socks, with a compression foot bed and minimal cuff.
Some socks slip below the heel, and end up rubbing pretty bad. Luckily, these socks do not do that. They sit in the perfect place right above the top part of my shoe.
I am very excited that Swiftwick has also offered to give a pair of socks to one of you! If you would like to try a pair of Swiftwick socks, please leave a comment letting me know what piece of running gear is absolutely necessary for you on each and every run (other than your shoes!).
The giveaway ends next Wednesday, October 9th. Good Luck!