Saturday, April 21, 2012

Zensah-tional Socks!

 
April 21 - Today for my half marathon training run, I decided to try out a pair of athletic compression socks that Corey over at Zensah sent me. If you've been reading my blog or following me on Daily Mile, you know that I have been struggling with some calf tightness and have been looking for a magical instant cure. I didn't find that, but keep reading.

I like compression socks because they help reduce recovery time, increase blood flow, and lessen post workout soreness. I also like the squeeze you get from a good pair. It's like a little hug for your calves.


The first thing I noticed about the Zensah compression socks was that they looked good. No one wants to feel like a walking-medical-advertisement. Next I was impressed by the sock's thickness. The material felt a little heavier than other pairs I've tried, but it was super soft. Then I spotted the padding from the toes to the heels. It looked like a little extra support was built right into the socks. I'm also a fan of socks that designate left and right.


I'm happy with the performance of these socks. It was a little warm this morning, but despite the thick material, my legs did not get hot during my seven mile run. My feet were nice and comfortable in my running shoes, unlike times when the extra padding crowds my feet.

Now even though I still felt some tightness in my calf during the run (no magical-instant cure), my post-run massage time was more productive. I even zeroed in on a firm knot that I was able to work on. I don't know what role the socks might have played in my painful-trigger point therapy, but I'm not one to question successful progress!


I like these socks. They look good and they feel good. In fact they were so comfortable that I kept them on for most of the day and even wore them during a two and a half mile trail walk with hubs and the dog.


Which do you prefer, compression socks or sleeves?
I used to prefer sleeves, but I'm liking socks more lately.

What was your happy moment today?
Mine was holding hands with hubs during our walk =)






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16 comments:

  1. I have compression sleeves but want to try the socks. They sound awesome. Glad you like them.

    And my happy moment today? RELAXING! And I got a lot of business work done too which was so nice.

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    1. Not having work to do is definitely relaxing! Good for you!

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  2. I have some Zensah calf sleeves and actually have been debating to try the socks. Thanks for your insight!

    My happy moment: spending more than 2 minutes with my husband. Wonky schedules aren't always fun so I cherish those moments =) Happy weekend to you!

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    1. I think you will like them! Hope you and hubs had a great time!

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  3. I have both but but prefer the socks. I feel like the extra diverse helps. Happy moment....two new pairs of shoes!

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  4. I wear my Zensah's after my long runs. The skirt sports ones are a great, too. They are a little bit longer. Great support and cute with a heart on the side.
    Do you use a foam roller? That helps me when my calves get tight.

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    1. I've seen the ones with the hearts - super cute! I have been rolling, but this knot I have is kind of on the side. It's not fun (no pun intended).

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  5. I LOVE compression sleeves, but have been told I should try out compression socks. It's on my list of things I need to do soon!... (money needs to grow on trees!)

    My happy moment today: I am ONE WEEK away from running my first 13.1 AND fiance and I started browsing for a house to purchase! :D

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    1. Best of luck on your half and happy house hunting!

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  6. I've never tried compression socks ... but I've thought about it. You're right ~ those ones DO look good!
    ❀Barbara❀
    My Running Shortz

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  7. Thanks for the insight. I've been using diabetic socks as a poor-man's alternative to athletic compression socks, but have been considering giving the real thing a go. Calf tightness has always been a problem for me so, if these are working for you, maybe they're worth a test run.

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    1. I wish I could tell you they were the miracle cure-all for all my calf pain...

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  8. I prefer sleeves because my feet are so picky with socks. I love love love Zensah products though!!!

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    1. I like the sleeves too, but then my ankles feel like they swell. I don't have naturally skinny ankles, so I dislike that swollen-ankle feeling! Silly I know, but the socks are a great alternative if I'm having a "feeling fat" day =)

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