Friday, December 25, 2009

All Compressed

So a few months ago a friend of mine; Heather was trying out some compression socks and after one use she was sold. I was talking to her after her marathon and she was raving about how awesome they were so, I looked up Compression socks and found a pair. I chose hot pink because I thought they were cute :). Mine weren't the same brand as Heathers I had to go with a cheaper version but we thought they would do the same thing. Guess what folks: THEY DO. They rock. My socks are: Recove Socks and they are amazing. I put them on after a 30 mile run and the next day I can't even tell I ran. Absolutely no muscle soreness. I have no idea how that is possible. Ok Heather tried to explain it like a trillion times but, still not sure on the exact science of it all but, I can tell you they are amazing. I hadn't used them for running because I only had one pair that is until Christmas (we celebrated early here). Now that I have a few pairs (thank you Mom and Santa) I have been able to try them out for running, they are wonderful. Oh and here is an odd side note: my left leg is usually 1in in circumference smaller than my right, meaning my calf and quad are smaller but somehow since I have increased my mileage and started using the socks they have balanced out and are now within 1/4 inch of each other and for the first time in forever my calves aren't all knotted up all the time. Folks, you have to try out a pair of compression socks don't think the brand matters so find yourself a good sale and get a pair, they are amazing.

Edit: I found out more info on the sock and well I may have been incorrect when I said the brand didn't matter.  See below this is directly from Recovery Sock. 
Technical Features

A few of the functional components The Recovery Sock® offers include:

Graduated Compression Technology (GCT)

Unlike other compression socks, The Recovery Sock® utilizes a Patented GCT ( Patent # 6,092,397). GCT means tighter compression in the foot and ankle area and a gradual decrease in compression as it travels up the leg over the calf. GCT causes an upward flow of blood helping to get un-oxygenated blood out of the leg, replacing it with fresh oxygenated blood. This is not only speeds recovery after workouts, hence The Recovery Sock®, but also enhances workout and race performance. Athletes in long distance competitions, especially marathons, have found them particularly beneficial.


Relentless Forward Commotion said...

all hail the recovery socks!!! I'm glad you love them too!

tara said...

Seriously they are amazing but, not sure I would have believed how amazing if I hadn't tried them. I now have 3 pairs between Santa, my mom and the orginal purchase so I can wear them all week and not worry how dirty they get, yay! I think it must have grossed my mom out that I wore the same pair after each long run and only washed them every week to week and a half. :)

Daniela Dobson said...

Wow, didn't know about those. I will have to tell my other friend Dayna.