>> Wednesday, October 03, 2012
A while back, I was sent a pair of Zensah Compression Socks. I put the box in the basement with our other cardboard boxes, but I forgot to take the socks out. Oops. So I just recently "re-discovered" them in about July.
In late July, I did 2 races just 36 hours apart: I first did the Rice Street Mile followed by the Run for Blood 5K. In between those races, I wore my Zensah Compression Socks to "flush out my legs." In fact, I tweeted this and had a snarky (but true) response from Karina:
Henry did OK for the sitter, but then he felt worse later in the day. These are NOT normal photos of Henry:
He laid like this (between my compression-socks-laden-legs) for nearly 10 minutes!
Notice the socks in that second picture. Those are my Zensah Compression Socks.
Just 10 days ago, Henry and I went on our 2nd longest run ever: a 14.2 miler along the river. After that run, I spent the next 10 hours in my socks:
Sunday afternoon in compression socks.
You've all seen me race in calf sleeves. I don't think I'd care for racing in compression socks. I already have socks that I like to run in, and I like the "flexibility" of calf sleeves. (I could stop mid-race or mid-workout and take them off and still have socks on to be running in.) But I LOVE these compression socks for recovery!
The "foot" of the sock is so tight and soft and pillowy, that they are SUPER comfy after a long race or a hard workout. I wouldn't personally race in them, but I know a lot of people who do. I just love my pair for recovery.
Here come some scientific-sounding "facts" from this non-science art professor / triathlete:
1. Most doctors believe that compression gear aides in circulation. Take for example...
2. Diabetics wear compression socks to aide in circulation of the calves and feet.
3. Added blood circulation helps to "flush out" tired and worked muscles.
4. Compression socks worn post-activity in athletic people will help muscles revive faster.
(That reasoning reminded me a lot of my high-school geometry class and writing "proofs." Anyone remember those?)
I can't back any of those "facts" up with peer-reviewed medical journal articles right now, but I think most people can see these things as being true. Or at least plausible.
So I still like my calf sleeves for racing, but I love these compression socks (which are more comfortable and "cozy") for recovery. Check out Zensah's Compression Socks if you're interested! Thanks for sending me a pair to try out, Zensah! I LOVE them!!