Who wants to hear a funny story?
The first race I ever ran was the Conejo Valley Turkey Day Dash in November 2009. It took me 36 minutes and 34 seconds to run a 5k. That was also the farthest I had ever run outside in my life. I felt proud and accomplished while I gobbled down turkey and stuffing and potatoes and pumpkin pie that night.
The next morning, however, was a different story. I COULD NOT MOVE. To this day, I don’t think I have ever been so sore. I could barely walk and my calves would scream in pain if I tried to get up after sitting for longer than 3 minutes. Oh, and then we went to San Francisco for the weekend where I had to walk every where and I looked like an 85-year-old.
This is relevant I swear!
Fast forward to April of 2012 – PRO Compression graciously sent our Ragnar Relay team some of their compression socks to wear for training and during the relay. I remember putting them on after a long run and thinking “This is what Heaven feels like!”. I had worn compression sleeves before but wasn’t sold on them, but the PRO Compression socks have just the right amount of squeeze, they are SUPER long (which I love) and come in tons of fun colors.
During our LA marathon training, I even got Jason hooked on PRO Compression as well. We look so stinkin’ cute in our matching socks on Saturdays 🙂
I usually throw on my socks right after we get in from our run and wear them for the rest of the day until bed and I have yet to wake up with any soreness in my calves the following morning. I swear by these babies! And you know where we run there are some serious hills and if it weren’t for PRO Compression I’m sure I’d be gimping around the office every Monday morning.
So now for the exciting part – YOU can win a pair of PRO Compression socks for yourself! You can receive an entry for doing each of the following (leave a separate comment for each item you complete to enter):
1. Like PRO Compression on Facebook
2. Follow PRO Compression on Twitter
3. Tweet about the giveaway (be sure to include @danicalynne and @procompression)
I’ll be randomly selecting a winner on Sunday, 3/3. Good luck!
The awesome people at PRO Compression hooked up Team So Much Cooler Online with their marathon compression socks for the upcoming Ragnar Relay. I had a perfect opportunity to test these babies out after Saturday’s half and I’m excited to say that I think I’m hooked.
You can read all the scientific benefits of the PRO Compression Socks here, but I’m going to give you my personal opinion for your viewing (reading?) pleasure.
After my first 5k ever back in 2009, I couldn’t flex my calves for a week. I also wore crappy shoes and all cotton – loser. I knew after Saturday’s hilly half I was going to need to go into serious recovery mode if I didn’t want to run Sunday’s upcoming half looking like this:
When I got home the first thing I did was throw on my PRO Compression socks and start icing my knees and calves. I wore them all day on Sunday too while walking around the mall with my sister and when I woke up this morning, by hamstrings were still tight from the hills and my back was sore from trying to move a 574lb piece of furniture, but my calves felt good as new.
Stretching my quads while wearing my little sausage casings from Heaven.
These socks are truly going to be amazing during the Ragnar Race when I’ll be covering over 15 miles over 3 different legs. I also plan to race in them on Sunday so I’ll be sure to post a review as to how they hold up while running, but so far I give them a 9/10. The only thing I would change is they are super long. Like, I can pull them over my knees and at 5’6” I’ve got a few inches on some of my teammates so I feel like they must be wearing them as thigh-highs.
Overall, I would say if you are looking for some great, comfortable compression socks that work (and come in fun colors) make sure to check out PRO Compression. They have a wide range of different socks and both pairs I’ve tried have been beyond comfortable and reasonably priced compared to other brands I’ve seen.