Thursday, 10 July 2014

Late to the party - compression socks

When I was given the chance to try out Dr. Segals compression socks I jumped at the chance for a couple of reasons. As a distance runner I have read a lot about the merits of training in compression gear but had never taken the leap to try it out.  Also, we all know I have been battling quite a few injuries postpartum so anything that could speed up recovery would be an ally in my court.

I received this pair of the running socks which have 15-20 mmHg of True Graduated Compression Therapy

According to the Dr Segal site, the benefits of their compression socks include:
  • INCREASED CIRCULATION helps push blood from the surface veins into the deep veins to promote more oxygen to the working muscles for faster lactic acid recovery - your legs feel less fatigued and more energized during your run as well as after by reducing the symptoms of muscle soreness the next day
  • REDUCED SWELLING and leg fatigue to give your legs increased energy
  • A COMFORTABLE FIT ensures plenty of room in the toe box and the sock band stays in place
Intrigued, I set out and did some more research.  Here are a couple of articles for your reading pleasure if you are also sitting on the fence about splurging on a pair of socks or sleeves:
Unsure of how to best make use of the socks I emailed the company with my questions and received this very helpful response:
We don't recommend using compression socks during a race if you have not trained in them prior to. Its basically like changing your diet the day of the race so to speak. So we can send you the socks immediately and feel free to start training in them if you like and see how they feel otherwise we'd recommend you using them during recovery!
So Sunday I am running 16km and I plan to wear them for recovery as I have a 10k race the following weekend. I will also wear them throughout the week after my shorter training runs. Stay tuned for my full recap!

note: I receive this item free of charge but the opinions shared are always all mine!


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