I get asked this question a lot. If you know me, you know I love knee-high socks, specifically compression socks. I rarely run without them. From 5- to 16-milers, I always sport a pair.
Like all runners, my calf muscles work hard, so I tend to have calf fatigue. At least once a marathon training cycle, I’ll deal with a bout of anterior pain as well. I remember cutting runs short because my calves and shins would be on fire.
Years back, a running buddy suggested compression socks. I had tried everything else – rolling, stretching, massage, supplements, positive thoughts, crying fits of rage… Nothing worked. I was desperate, so off to my local sporting goods store I went.
I got there and realized the socks were $50. For that price, they had better come with a magic wand, I thought to myself. Begrudgingly, I purchased them and slid them on immediately, even sleeping in them. The next day, I cautiously went out for a run. To my surprise, the pain was gone.
Ever since that day, I’ve been hooked. I run every run in them. When I get into high miles during peak training, I sleep in them, too. They are one of the magic bullets that allow me to run 60-mile weeks without pain.
How do they work? Compression socks increase blood circulation and oxygen levels, leading to enhanced recovery and reduced muscle fatigue. They also reduce swelling.
Recently, Legend Compression Wear reached out and asked if I would be interested in being an ambassador for their company. They took the time to email, so I thought their company was probably legit. (We’ve all dealt with the shady Instagram messages from apparel companies, am I right?)
I checked out their website and liked the fact they are a small, growing company in North Carolina. The company was started by a medical professional, too, which I liked. I ordered a pair to try, knowing I’d have to love these things before I’d ever tell anyone else about them.
I was pleased when I opened the package. They are thick – in a good way – yet soft. The graduated compression gives my calves a nice hugged feeling. They felt supportive during my runs. I slept in them and woke up refreshed.
They also appear to be well-made. I’ve been disappointed in my other compression socks. Even after gentle care, meaning gentle wash and air dry, they are wearing badly and look pretty awful, not something you want after shelling out some money for them!
If you struggle with lower leg pain, I can almost guarantee compression socks will help you. I also know some nurses and servers who are on their feet all day that love the socks. I wear them on flights, too.
If you want to give compression socks a try, click here to get $15 off your purchase. I hope you enjoy the socks as much as I do!