The wonderful people at The Recovery Sock were kind enough to send me a pair to try out. You may have heard about these gems from a few other bloggers who have raved about them, but here’s a little bit of info.
Compression is not a new technology; it has been used for years in medical patients with venous and arterial insufficiency. However, the application of this technology to athletics is relatively new. There is clear evidence to support compression use in promoting recovery. Using compression socks after a race or hard workout provide a substantial benefit.
These garments will help to avoid venous stasis (blood pooling in the legs) and swelling. Compression is particularly helpful in depended areas of the body, such as the feet and lower legs where gravity has a greater effect on blood return. Improved blood flow after a workout results in enhanced nutrient delivery and removal of waste products to and from muscles. This creates a situation optimal for muscle repair, reduced stiffness and heaviness in the legs and possibly less soreness.
Several studies have demonstrated that post exercise blood lactate levels were lower with compression sock use both during and after exercise. Other studies have demonstrated that compression socks do create a major fluid shift in the body. Compression garments are believed to improve venous blood return to the heart and allow for better cardiac output (flow of oxygenated blood from the heart) thereby aiding oxygen delivery to working muscles and increased endurance.
Why The Recovery Sock®
The Recovery Sock’s® advantage is that it’s compression socks incorporate a Patented Graduated Compression design that enhances and stimulates circulation in the lower leg – making it a superior sock. Recovery Sock’s Running and Recovery Socks can help anyone looking for a boost in athletic performance!
Exclusive wicking and antibacterial fiber
Improves oxygen delivery to muscles
Lactic acid production reduced
Proven cramp relief
Tested and used by World Class athletes
I received mine a couple weeks ago and have been wearing them after a run every chance I get, but I didn’t have a chance to really put them to the test until this weekend. I headed out for my long run on Saturday, knowing that I had a shorter distance race on Sunday. As a rule, I always take the day off after a long run, so this was going to be an exception and I knew I would be giving my legs a bit of a challenge.
I slipped on my hot pink recovery socks after a shower and kept them on most of the day. First of all, they’re super comfy (not to mention sexy) and I did not want to take them off. The best part is, my legs felt fantastic in the morning! No lingering soreness, fatigue or stiffness. During the race on Sunday, I completely forgot that I had run 20K the day before. I’m sold!
I can’t wait to really see what these bad boys can do as my long runs increase this summer. They are definitely going to be a staple in my wardrobe.