“One small step for a woman. One giant leap for Lindsay”
I ‘m an old soul. Never been an early adopter or into current trends. I was the last of my friends to get a cell phone. I have no idea who’s the hip, new musical artist of the moment, as I’m busy listening to 311 albums circa early 90s. I still have a ginormous tube-style TV, and I’m one of few people left in the world without Netflix.
Other than the fact that 75% of my job is focused on social media, nothing in my life is immune to my grandma-like qualities. Naturally, my old-school tendencies spill over to my fitness life. I’ve never bought into minimalist running shoe hype. I refuse to do kettlebell swings because it goes against everything I’ve ever known about weight lifting.
So when I first saw runners getting on the compression socks train, I wasn’t going to jump on when the conductor yelled, “All aboard!” I wasn’t until I read about the proven benefits they provide outside of actual running did I become intrigued enough to consider trying them.
I’ve spent many a Saturday night struggling to get to sleep, thanks to incredibly sore legs from a long training run earlier that day. Research that compression socks, when worn after a high-mileage run, can help reduce muscle fatigue and soreness, really piqued my interest. So last Saturday, after a 17-miler, I decided now was as good a time as any to give them a shot. I purchased a pair and wore them all evening – even to bed.
Verdict: Slept great and legs felt good when I woke. Minimal soreness, fresh during my workout later that morning.
Was this a fluke or do these new-fangled things really work? Did I just try something “trendy” and actually like it or was it all in my head? The skeptic inside me had to do more research.
After yesterday’s long run, I did what any normal person would do – slipped into my socks and headed out to bar hop for St. Patrick’s Day weekend. All afternoon on my feet – surely these socks wouldn’t stand up to that. My legs felt good all afternoon and evening; a little sore before bedtime but not bad. I decided to sleep in them again and the legs feel good today. Bonus: No judgment from Chris.
I can’t say I’ll ever wear compression socks when I race – haven’t read any research that definitively proves they enhance performance – but I’m sold on the post-run benefits. I’d be interested to hear from runners or other athletes who wear them during workouts, or have realized the same recovery benefits. Comment or tweet me @runlikeagirl311.