I’m all about recovery when I’m in full training mode for a race because I want to make sure that every minute that I spend running helps increase my fitness. (Side note: if you’re interested in reading more about recovery, Sage Rountree’s book The Athlete’s Guide to Recovery is really helpful and is a great read.) I’ve found that wearing compression socks after my big long runs really helps. I also wore them after I ran my first marathon and didn’t experience any of the horrible symptoms of muscle soreness that I’d heard that other runners experience post-marathon.
The socks I love for really great compression are the CEP Compression Run socks.
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CEP makes two types of socks for running, the Classic and the Progressive. There’s no difference in the amount of compression that these two types of socks provide; the only difference is in how they look. The CEP socks are great because they provide higher presssure in the foot and ankle area and less pressure in the calf which helps to return blood from the feet and calves. I have the white Progressive socks (although I’m really coveting a red pair, too). I think they look great when I wear them for races, but they also work very well for recovery. I also wore them on my flights to and from my marathon and I think that helped with circulation and my feet didn’t get swollen, and I think they really helped with my post-marathon recovery in general.
However, if you’re looking for something that’s a litle more fun even though it offers fewer technical features, the Run Love socks from RunningSkirts are super cute.
I have pairs in purple and white (which sadly aren’t currently available) and I just bought a green pair a few weeks ago, which I think will be fantastic for future St. Patty’s Day races. I don’t think these socks offer graduated compression like the CEP socks, but they are so cute and unique. Every time I wear them to races I get so many compliments and lots of women stopping to ask me where I got them. One warning: if you have larger calf muscles (like me), the hearts on the side of the socks will be more stretched out than what’s shown on the model on their website, but I still think they look fantastic. If you’re thinking of buying these socks, follow RunningSkirts on Twitter (@Running_Skirts). Every so often they’ll post information about discounts or free shipping.
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