arm warmers, minimalist footwear, the paleo diet, ice baths…the running community is quick to embrace the next! big! thing! that is espoused in the media as the must-do/must-have item to improve! your! running!
over the last year or so, compression socks have soared in popularity among professional and recreational runners:
well, i am not one to let a bandwagon go by without jumping on (except for ice baths – ick) so, after hearing a clinic guest speaker at the store describe, in detail, the many benefits of wearing compression socks, and after hearing friends rave on about the joy of wearing these special socks, i purchased a pair:
you’re probably familiar with the concept of compression socks from seeing old people wearing the hideous flesh-coloured ones on airplanes. well, believe it or not, the running versions follow the same type of design, and provide similar benefits to the medical socks (improved circulation, for example) – they just look more fun!
as you can see in that photoS (^^), we carry a few different brands of compression socks at the store, ranging in price from $25.99 to $79.99. mine are the CEP brand (yup, the $79.99 ones!). just click on the link, there, to read all about the socks. [i am not going to go into great descriptive detail, here - i don't know about you, but whenever i see product info on other blogs, i just skip over those paragraphs. it's much more interesting to read personal accounts!].
in order to give my socks a fair assessment, i wore them for three consecutive days, this past week. [aren'tcha glad this isn't a scratch 'n' sniff blog?! haha!]. here is what i found…
day one: monday april 16th (BOSTON MARATHON MONDAY!)
details: an eleven hour work day, hours split between the storeS.
- i gave myself an extra 5 minutes to get dressed – good call! the socks were quite the challenge to pull on because they are so tight (which is how they are supposed to fit). i also put one on way crooked and had to complete a do-over.
- the socks are super comfortable! i can tell i am wearing them, but they just feel supportive, not constrictive. i most notice the feel of the fabric on my calves.
- the test: after many hours on my feet, my left ankle has a tendency to get a little puffy; i was interested to see whether the socks would make a difference. when i pulled the socks off at night…yes! my left ankle was completely normal! i am impressed.
- conclusion after day one: i’m a fan (both of the feel and of the look – rockin’ the retro 70′s style!). i would wear these all day, every day, no hesitation (however, i do not think i could sleep in them because they are just noticeable enough that i don’t think i could fall asleep with them on).
day two: tuesday april 17th
details: a morning run; errands completed on foot in uptown; a shorter late aft/evening shift at the store.
- during my run: awesome! like yesterday, i can notice i have socks on up to my knees, but it’s a good, supportive feeling, not annoying. i pretend i am an elite – wheeee!
- did the socks quicken post-run recovery? i honestly couldn’t tell ya.
- i pretty much don’t notice the socks during the day and evening. i like that the fabric is not itchy.
- i laugh because i feel like i am back in grade school when i wore knee socks practically every day!
day three: wednesday april 18th
details: aunti day in toronto!
- the socks were easier to put on this morning (likely because this was their third day of wear!)
- today was about 9 degrees; i wonder if the socks feel too hot when it’s july temps??
- i bet the placebo effect is a factor for those who choose to wear compression socks.
- i would love another pair of CEP socks (ok, i’ll take every colour available, thanks) and i’d also like to try another brand.
- i would not purchase these socks if i had to pay the regular retail price of $79.99. they are very enjoyable…but so are my $9.99 nike socks. i just cannot fathom paying over $80 (with tax) for socks.
- do you dare me…
now all the socks need is to be tested in a race! wait…oh, yea! they’re going to get that opportunity….tonight!
disclaimer: i purchased my CEP socks with my very own money, although i did receive them at a nicely discounted price, thanks to an employee purchase program through the store. CEP did not ask me to review these socks, i am not being compensated for sharing my impressions, and all thoughts expressed in today’s blog post are my very own. [haha! i love when i can insert a clause like this to a blog post - it makes me feel like a professional blogger!].
would you be willing to try compression socks, either for sport or for travel? i will wear these on my next plane flight!
what’s the most you would be willing to pay for compression socks? they may be a christmas list item for many people!