Compression Socks for Runners - Speed Up Running Recovery
You see people wearing long knee high compression socks at just about every road race now. At first, I thought it was just a fashion statement and didn't really understand what these socks were all about. I decided to try a pair of compression socks myself and find out what all the buzz was about. And the verdict ..... amazing, compression socks just make your calves feel so much better. Initially, compression socks weren't really designed for triathletes and marathon runners they were made for diabetics that needed to have increased blood flow. Some even commonly refer to these socks as: diabetic socks.
Women's Runner Compression Socks Below
SwiftSocks, a new runners brand of running compression socks can be purchased online.
You see more and more runners wearing these long socks. Pink, purple, white, black compression socks, you name there's a pattern and color waiting for your calves. Your tempo runs, track days and long runs may just feel that much better. I started to wear my socks on my long drives, in the office and just about everywhere because they make you feel so good. My legs do feel more refreshed after a hard workout so the benefits are certainly there. It was really funny, I was out rollerblading at one of the marathons supporting some fellow runners and had my white compression socks on. Bladed by some paid duty Police Officers who thought I was trying to pull off a retro runner / roller blader look and think I sold them on buying a pair for themselves. Standing outside all day, whether running, doing a tri or being on your feet for long hours these socks work.
Pictured to the left are pink compression socks by CEP worn by one of the running skirts twins Cindy. Talk about a matching outfit, pink camo running skirt, pink compression socks and a pink running bra. Getting up on the podium sure helps give the long socks credibility in the running world. Recovery is probably the #1 benefit from a compression sock because the increased blood flow and this always speeds up recovery whether its tired leg muscles or an injury. Runners and triathletes are wearing these socks in greater numbers. Triathletes are often the first to adapt new technology to improve sport performanceand you'll see lots of Ironman competitors wearing them.
One of the drawbacks some have mentioned are when worn in higher temperatures, they tend to get hot and that's not exactly what you need on a 90 degree day so i guess like anything there is always a time and place for wearing the socks. Compression socks are typically made with runner, lycra or spandex so that gradual pressure can be accomplished.
There are companies that make women's compression socks, they have the vibrant colors to go with all the latest running gear. These compression socks look super cute with running skirts. They just don't seem to have the same effect with running shorts.
Some of the top brands that seem to be circulating more in the runner's community are CEP, Oxysox, Recovery Socks, 2XU and Zensah compression socks and sleeves that just cover the calves. Next time your at the nearest marathon expo and packet pick-up and your local race, try a pair of compression socks. You'll be on a fastest road to recovery, show a little style and be able run more.
Have a great week running!
Swift Socks, running skirts compression socks now available online.