Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I did the usual, hung out with some friends on Friday night, track session on Saturday morning, baby shower on Saturday afternoon, long run on Sunday morning and then hung out by the pool on Sunday afternoon. Nice and relaxing.
Ever since I began running about a month ago, I've made it a point to run with compression socks on my long runs. Because I have been off my feet for a few months I wanted to avoid swelling and discomfort in my legs. Ever seen these before?
These are my "2XU" compression socks (click here to see more options on 2XU socks 2XU Men's Performance Compression Run Sock, Black/Black, Large). When I first started running with these they felt weird on my legs because of the tightens around my calf muscle, but then I realized that the compression they provided on my legs avoided swelling and discomfort.
So why do compression socks work?
a) Blood Flow. The idea is that the compression of the lower legs increases the blood flow thus allowing oxygen to flow more efficiently through the muscles. Additionally, the constant movement of the blood will allow your body to get rid of toxins in your legs.
b) Muscle Vibration. This theory states that when we run our legs vibrate as they hit the ground. The vibrations, theoretically, is what causes the delayed onset of muscle soreness (DOMS). Researchers believe that the compression socks limit the vibrations and provide leg power.
Whether these theories are true or not, I surely feel relief when I run with them. I also use them to recover from long runs. Sometimes I'll put them on after a long run or I will sleep with them to avoid the dreaded swelling that may occur after running for 2 or 3 hours. If you've ever experienced swelling in your legs after a run, then you know that the tingly feeling could hurt so bad that you can't even fall asleep at night. That's why I wear these.
Why this brand?
I enjoy wearing this brand 2XU Men's Performance Compression Run Sock, Black/Black, Large because they are a) comfortable, b) ventilated, c) tight enough to feel the support in my legs and d) they actually have SPF on them so that the sun won't burn your legs.
This is another must-have as a runner, trust me, you won't regret it!
Have you ever ran in compression socks?
I am grateful for change. It's the only "constant"
in this unpredictable world.