I’ve been training for the New York City Marathon and my legs always seem to ache. After Wednesday’s speed workout at the track followed by a 3 hour car ride on Friday (with a 5k that night), my legs were not feeling ideal. I was heading up north to run Friday Night Lights 5k with friends and of course I wanted to PR, but was doubtful on that.
We got ready and my plan was to wear my Pro Compression Calf Sleeves that I just received. Sleeves are great because you can wear your normal socks that you like. Also, I could wear them with my flip flops for the road trip! I’ve been known to wear my full socks on road trips and squish flip flops on at rest stops, it’s a very sexy look so take precaution if you try this yourself.
We arrived at Mentor High School where the race begins and ends. It’s a very fun race as you run around the track once and then head out through the neighborhood. You wind up back for a final lap around the track, it’s already dark by this time, the stadium lights are glowing and the time is ticking on the scoreboard.
My good friend Christina and I had plans to keep a certain pace which would allow me a 6 second PR, I wasn’t asking for much, just to break 27 minutes and if that couldn’t happen, to break my time from the B.A.A. 5k in April of 27:05. We set out with a fast first mile, I’m unfortunately not aware of my splits as I set my watch to manually record laps on Wednesday’s track workout. Grrrrrrrrr.
I was definitely running faster than my planned pace but since it was dark I couldn’t really see my watch too well at times. All I know is that I was very comfortable. I was pushing myself for sure but I wasn’t playing out scenarios in my head of never wanting to run again. I generally do this while I race. My shins always feel mildly agitated and I get nervous that that feeling will lead to something more. When I put my Pro Compression sleeves on all that feeling goes away. Their tag line is ‘Keep it Tight’, that is exactly what they do and my shins feel supported.
I was back at the school and did my final lap around the track and I felt good! I definitely felt like I was working hard but I felt so strong. I was able to ‘sprint’ a little to the finish and stopped my watch to see that pretty PR there. After the race results were ready, we were able to check and see the official times. I had shaved a minute (59 seconds) off of my 5k PR from April!
It was a great night with friends in my new home state and we all celebrated our PRs afterwards!
I believe my sleeves played a major part in my comfort. I have multiple pairs of Pro Compression Over the Calf socks, a couple pairs of the low socks and my beloved sleeves. I like my socks for home while I’m watching tv and relaxing, though I’ve raced in them before and they were great. I now prefer sleeves for racing and wearing with flip flops at the grocery store :).
The best part is Pro Compression is offering 40% off your entire purchase with code: PINK – this means you can score a pair of socks or sleeves for dirt cheap!
More about Pro Compression products:
1. True Graduated Compression
2. Arch support with just the right about of compression
3. Stabilization zone thru the sides to mid foot. Helps provide foot bed comfort.
4. Open toe box so it will not keep your toes to tight.
5. Wide cuff for added comfort.
6. Moisture wicking materials
7. No blisters!
PRO Compression socks deliver maximum comfort and speedy recovery times. The science is complex, but benefits such as improved blood flow, stability and comfort are universally understood. The moment you put these socks on your feet, you will feel the difference.
This design requires more effort to put on than standard socks. But it’s that extra effort and much-needed compression that make all the difference. Be patient and your feet will thank you.
True graduated compression promotes circulation by pushing fluid up from your feet and ankles to toward your knees. This design also helps reduce swelling and inflammation while providing critical support to muscles and tendons.