With our marathon relay coming up in January, taking the winter off really isn’t an option. I still try to run 2-3 days a week in addition to other cardio and strength training. This past weekend I ran 3 days in a row (3.5 miles on Friday, 4 on Saturday and 6 on Sunday). This was also to combat going to Wine and Dine Wisconsin. All this running gave me several opportunities to test out these Argyle Compression Socks from Zensah.
What sold me was the pink.
This is my first article of compression clothing. To the non-runner, compression socks just look like funky-colored tube socks. In reality, they’re designed to improve oxygen delivery to your muscles, speeding lactic acid removal and improving muscle efficiency. They are also said to increase recovery after a tough workout or race.
I feel like the witch under the house in the Wizard of Oz.
When you put them on, they’re snug but not too tight. Since I wear a size 9 shoe, I got the medium. The socks fit perfectly.
Side story: Whenever I start putting on any type of running clothing or shoes, Oliver immediately thinks he’s coming with. He starts wagging his tail and whining, which makes it super fun when I’m tying my shoes and his tail is whacking me in the face.
Anyway, since It’s chilly in Wisconsin (we’ve been in the 30s lately), I paired the compression socks with my Lululemon Sun Sprinter Crops, a t-shirt and a technical jacket with thumb holes that Brenton got me for Christmas last year.
What I loved about these compression socks from Zensah was that my calves felt great wearing them, and I didn’t have any pain after running. Ok, you may find this a little gross but I wore then 3 times without washing them and they weren’t sweaty or stinky. In fact, there wasn’t anything I didn’t like about them. Since I’ve suffered with knee pain in the past, I’d be really interested to try compression clothing that covers that area.
Question: Have you ever worn compression clothing? If so, what have you tried?
Disclaimer: I was given this product by Zensah. I was not given it in exchange for a positive review. All opinions are my own.