OH, COMPRESSION SOCKS!!!! How do I love thee….let me tell you why:
1.) my legs feel like they are swaddled like a baby…its been a long time since ive been “swaddled” but I am likening it to that! I love pulling on a fresh pair..I swear my legs get SUPER happy and excited to be all tightly packaged into each binding sock!
2.) They keep me extra warm in the winter. There is nothing like extra layers in the cold, and compression socks keep me toasty! Now is when I tell you that I have been wearing them every. single. Day. It really weirds the husband out. I have now started announcing when I’m not wearing them.
and that’s a rare announcement
3.) I can wear them with boots & to work, and nobody knows that underneath those dress pants—I am rocking lime green socks. YUP!
4.) I can be dressed in black tights and have my socks on UNDER my tights and YOU STILL DON”T KNOW IT!!!! I can be wearing JEANS and underneath them YOU STILL DONT KNOW I’M WEARING THEM!!–>Now THAT is #WINNING
5. Because Pro Compression does Grab Bags and sends me fun colors like these….
Ok, so all joking aside…I’m really obsessed with compression socks. I now have so many pairs that they need their own drawer. Don’t ask how many, just don’t.
Like with any product, There is always controversy on whether it’s just “hype” or if they really work. It seems that everywhere I look, I see an athlete wearing them…from Tom Brady to my man MEB!!!
Knowing that I love them, a lot of people ask me “Why Compression socks? Do they help you be a better runner? Make you faster? Alleviate soreness?” As with ANY running related item, one product will not give you dramatic, amazing, “oh-my-god I just cut five minutes off my 5k” results. There is nothing that will do that. Unless you start blood doping, but don’t quote me on that cause I don’t know a whole lot except its bad and you get banned from racing! Hard work is obviously what pays off on making you faster, or a better runner. Compression socks are meant to be a tool to aide you in your running. And it helps that they come in a bazillion colors for my outfit matching pleasure! I sat down and thought of how they have been working for me…
-I wear them to work and
look cool my legs feel “fresher” when I get home and start to run.
-When I pull a fresh pair on after a long run, I feel like some soreness is alleviated.
-after standing on my feet all day, my calves are not as sore as when I don’t have them on.
-my recovery time feels quicker when I compress.
I wanted to do a little research for you guys so I could find out, in nerdy-wordy terms WHY compression socks are recommended for runners! I don’t really love all the
boring running words like “lactic acid”, so I pulled some excerpts for ya’ll cause the pros can explain better than me!! I have probably read seven or eight different scientific pages today on compression socks and the words are now starting to blend together a little bit…but below are some of the best explanations I found…
From Runner’s Connect:
“One of the proposed benefits of compression gear is a direct benefit to performance by enhancing aerobic threshold, increasing VO2max, and clearing lactate from the muscles more efficiently. Indeed, one study conducted on a group of six runners reported that those runners who wore compression socks experienced a reduction of nearly 26 percent in their VO2max slow component (a fairly complicated training term that is basically a measure of your oxygen uptake after you have reached your lactate threshold). ” ( you can click the link for more, it’s A great article!)
“With manufacturers claiming compression socks and tights increase oxygen delivery, decrease lactic acid, prevent cramps, and minimize muscle fatigue, the wonder garments have been the hottest new item in athletic circles. But, whether or not the socks and tights deliver as promised has been an open question – one even researchers don’t have a clear answer for.
Terblanche recommends that athletes wear the socks for long sessions and for the 24 hours following. While she acknowledges her study can’t be considered conclusive, because there’s always a chance for a placebo effect in the real world scenario, the recovery findings are in line with other research…..Multiple studies, including one done by Ali, have found decreases in muscle soreness and perceived fatigue. Some possible increases in blood flow and lymph removal during the recovery period have also been found – though other studies found that wearing the socks after workouts had no greater recovery effect than taking an ice bath.”
So.To sum it up:
-compression socks come in fun colors
-they help fatigued legs recover faster
-there have been many studies, no 100% clear answer on whether or not they work.
-a lot of Pro’s wear them…like MEB And even Tom Brady!
-I wear them a ridiculous amount
-and you can’t tell in this pic, CAN YOU??!? They are my secret super power!
Who has a Compression-Obsession? (JUST coined that phrase. Don’t be stealin it!-just kidding)
I always buy Pro Compression…their deals are steals!
Anybody never tried them?