I’m writing this in Starbucks– sippin’ on a passion iced tea and eating some banana Chobani and Cheerios post-run. Is it rude to bring your own yogurt into Starbucks? Whoops.
As you know, I’ve been currently training for my first half marathon. This of course means I’ve been doing LOTS of running. duh. I’ve been completing about 3 runs/week with some CrossFit (more on that another day!) and other forms of cross training the other days. I’m super excited about this phase in my fitness life, and am glad to have you guys along for the ride.
Know what else I’m super excited about? THESE SOCKS.
Pro Compression sent me a pair of their marathon socks to try last week, and I’ve been wearing them non-stop since!
What is PRO Compression?
PRO Compression socks fit tighter than regular socks, and are made to help with blood circulation. More blood circulation=more oxygen to your muscles. This is said to not only increase muscle recovery, but also give you that little boost you need during your workouts.
I received my socks the day before my killer hill run last week, and you can bet I was pumped to try them!
I wore them for 4 miles of one big giant hill. Hills=calf burner. We all know that.
I didn’t notice much of a decrease in lower body fatigue when I wore them on my run, my calves still burned when I was truckin’ along. However, I did LOVE the fact that these socks didn’t rub OR fall down. My biggest problem with most socks is that they give me blisters. Maybe it’s just me. Maybe the blister gods just hate my guts. Either way, kudos to Pro Compression for creating socks that didn’t make me want to die from fluid-filled little feet devils halfway through my run.
The big kicker for me with this product is the insane effect it has had on my recovery time. My calves are usually one of the first things to get sore on my body, and I can honestly say I experienced ZERO calf pain the day after my hill run. I also wore the socks to CrossFit and 3 mile tempo run a couple of days later. Still no calf soreness. HIP HIP!
I also have had chronic knee pain from dislocating my knee several times in high school. Not even sure what’s wrong with it, but it’s nothing severe. I sometimes get little “bubbles” on the outsides of my knee cap and they’re extremely obnoxious unless I press on them and they either move or go away. Any doctors in the house that wanna weigh in on this? I have found running shoes that have helped a TON, but running can still aggravate it at times, especially when the weather gets cold.
I haven’t had any knee pain since wearing Pro Compression socks after my run. Granted, I have only worn them for a handful of workouts, but I truly do feel like they could be a contributor to making my knee feel a-okay.
I was so in love with how these socks made my muscles feel that I even wore them to work. They were hidden under my boots and no one could tell…business casual at it’s finest.
Sorry for the crappy pic quality. Photobooth is clutch when you don’t have anyone to take your picture at 6am.
The socks come in a ton of colors and designs. I have my eyes on the hot pink ones! Plus, who doesn’t like knee high socks? They make you look pretty B.A.
PRO Compression For You
The lovely people over at PRO Compression are providing me a pair of Marathon socks for one of my readers. To enter, use the Rafflecopter below, and ONE lucky reader will get to experience these wonderful socks for themselves. The giveaway runs until 12am EST next Thursday the 21st. I will announce the randomly chosen winner Thursday afternoon.
WINNER: Hey Evelin! You’ve won! Email me at barefootcoloblog AT gmail DOT com with your shipping address and shoe size and we’ll get you your socks ASAP!
ALSO, the company has an awesome promo going on right now…. Enter the code MARCH at checkout for 40% off all Marathon socks and sleeves, you may even win another pair of socks! Hurry, it ends soon! Details here.
How do YOU recover from workouts? Do you foam roll? Take a hot bath?
Disclaimer: Although I was provided this product free of charge, all opinions are and will always be my own.