The other day I posted this picture on Instagram:
Hot pink compression socks! I realize they are kind of blinding, but they are fun. I'm not sure why I always steer towards hot pink for my running stuff, but it definitely makes me more visible.
Anyway, compression anything is pretty hot in the running world. I have to admit that I just didn't get it. Compression pants, sleeves, calf sleeves, and socks. What's the hype all about? The best explanation I've been given so far is that it's like a hug on tired muscles. Hmm....ok....we all need a hug sometimes, right?
Making the transition from treadmill to roads again has been a little hard on my poor legs. They are bouncing back, but I still experience soreness from time to time. So, when one of my favorite running blogs (Run, Eat, Repeat) offered a coupon code to PRO Compression, I decided to give it a whirl. Here's what they have to say: "The benefit of wearing compression socks over 26.2 miles, 18 holes or 8 hours at work is the delay of muscular breakdown that comes from spending hours on your feet. PRO Compression works against gravity by helping your vascular system increase blood flow which relieves discomfort and assists in recovery."
This Sunday I logged 9 miles, and put on my hugging socks afterwards. Normally after a long run, my legs are pretty tired and all I want to do is sit down on the couch. These socks are supportive, without being to constricting or tight. The foot part is even a little loose for me. I wear a size 9 shoe and got the small, so if you're foot is smaller than you may want to consider the extra-small. The socks are definitely not miracle workers that gave me more energy, but did offer support through the day. I even went to Walmart to meander around for awhile. Once I took them off in the afternoon, my legs weren't sore or achy like they tend to be.
When it comes down to it, I'm not sure if my body is just reacting better to road runs or these socks are really helpful. But I'm going to continue to use them in the hopes that they are! This is obviously just my opinion as I'm not receiving anything from PRO Compression for my review. Just putting it out there for fellow runners and athletes.
Right now, PRO Compression is offering a coupon code for 40% off plus free shipping with code SOM4 if you purchase the "sock of the month" (purple or light blue) in support of Team in Training and Train 4 Autism.
I'm kind of eyeballing the purple...or the blue...or the purple...