I was thrilled to win this giveaway. To be honest, I've been intrigued by the idea of compression socks but was not sure they would be worth the investment.
Back in March when I ventured to my first half marathon sporting my oversized windbreaker and baseball hat (not even a sporty ventilated one), I kept seeing people with arm warmers, leg sleeves and all kinds of other get-ups I hadn't really seen as a newbie into the the actual 'racing' world of running. I remember coming home and actually googling some of the stuff because I didn't know what in the world half of it was supposed to be for. I kept reading good things about compression socks both for recovery and running, but wasn't sure if I believed it all!
The information on CEP's website (why CEP? page here) shows some great information on the benefits of their compression socks and has a great explanation of what and why compression works. When my socks arrived, I was thrilled because it was on the Friday before I was supposed to run my first 20-miler. Of course, that was the week that I ended up skipping it due to my shin and achilles pain so I ended up resting. When I read the information on their site about achilles tendon support and helping to prevent shin splints, I was certainly hopeful since that's exactly what I was suffering from!
Instead of running the long run, I did try out the socks on my unexpected rest day hoping they'd help my legs. They certainly felt great on my legs but that's about as much as I could report on them without more time to test.
Fast forward to this past week when I finally completed my 20-miler. Although I debated about wearing the socks for the run, I was a little hesistant about the possibility of blisters. I somewhat particular about socks so I didn't risk it, although I have read good things about them for running and due to their design they shouldn't cause any blisters.
Once again, after the run, I put on the socks. They felt great this time as well. My legs were achy after the 20 miles and I have to say they did feel better with the socks on. By the next day, my legs were feeling back to normal. Is it the socks? Well, I don't really know but I will say that now that I have them, I love them and plan to continue using them after all the long, hard workouts.
I'll also be trying them on a run soon...I'm definitely interested in seeing if their claim of 5% performance increase can hold true!
Thank you CEP!
Do you want to try a pair? The folks at CEP have offered to provide a pair to one of my readers. Please visit their website to learn more about their products and the benefits of them. Then, come back here and leave a comment on why you would like to try one of their products. I'll accept entries (one per person) through Sunday, September 12th and winner chosen at random will be announced early next week.