Sock It To Me

by Kim on October 17, 2012

I’ll begin with my thoughts on last night’s debate…

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Juuuust kidding.

In case you missed it, here’s a quick recap. Or at least, this is what I heard…

 

Candidate A: Here’s a true statement.

Candidate B: That statement is 100% false.

Candidate A: This is Candidate B’s <jobs/taxes/oil/energy> plan.

Candidate B: That is not my plan at all. Even remotely.

Candidate A: I’m lowering taxes, while Candidate B is raising them.

Candidate B: No, I’m lowering taxes, you’re raising them! Dumbhead!

Candidate A: 47% of Americans do something.

Candidate B: <Other random statistic>

Candidate A: I love women and immigrants.

Candidate B: I love women and immigrants MORE.

 

So there you have it. If you weren’t there, now you can say you were!

 

While I was watching, I also knocked out a few miles on the treadmill, with the help of my newest running toys:

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Compression socks!!

I’d been thinking about trying these for a long time, so when a blogger I follow (I would tell you who it was, but I can’t remember now) hosted an offer for 40% off, I jumped at it.

 

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Even though I only ran a few miles in them last night, I already feel good about the purchase. They were a DREAM to run in. It felt like little pink cherub angels were cradling my calves.

So what’s the big deal with compression socks, besides the opportunity to look like you’re living in the wrong era?

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Originally, compression socks were used in the hospital/clinic setting to prevent things like vein thrombosis. People who were bedridden wore them to keep blood moving properly. Then, people started wearing them after surgery or when forced to sit for long periods of time (like during a long plane ride). Then, society realized they looked crazy awesome, so girls started wearing them with super-short skirts. And finally, runners wanted in on the trend.

Supposed benefits for runners include:

  • Improved blood flow and oxygen delivery to muscles
  • Expedited removal of lactic acid (the stuff that makes you feel sore)
  • Improved stabilization of the lower leg (less vibration) for greater muscle efficiency

(source)

And one more that I’d like to add:

  • Looking incredibly baller

sock1 I’m (not) sexy and I know it

 

Lots of top runners use compression socks for racing, including Lornah Kiplagat, Gete Wami, and women’s marathon world-record holder Paula Radcliffe. (I love Paula because her voice is used in the Nike+ timing chip I used to use-so at the end of my runs, I’d sometimes hear a nice little British voice congratulating me on my run and letting me know when I broke my own records.) Oh, and probably most importantly, my favorite blogger, Skinny Runner.

SR SR makes compression socks look cute somehow…

 

Based on my research, it looks like the jury is out on whether compression socks actually provide any benefits while running, beyond the psychological ones (see cherub angel comment above). The real, scientifically verified benefit is in the shorter recovery time. So while it may be a good idea to wear them during runs, it’s definitely a good idea to wear them after.

As an additional bonus, they’re also helpful in treating vericose veins! And my legs could use all the help they can get in that department…thanks to my genes, I have a generous helping of the VVs (super gross abbreviation, I know-but they ARE super gross, so it’s fitting), and they’ve definitely gotten worse after having a baby.

As of now, I’m planning on wearing the socks for the half marathon Saturday, but I could always freak out and bail on that plan at the last minute. Stay tuned!

 

Have you ever worked out in compression socks? Thoughts?

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