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TotR: Compression Gear

on May 26, 2015

It’s always an odd feeling to start the work week on a Tuesday, isn’t it? I feel very discombobulated today but will appreciate how quickly Friday gets here. Before we get to today’s Tuesdays on the Run topic, check out my race photo from the Papillion Half Marathon:

A perk of a hilly course was the ability to see the photographer before I got there so I could be sure a) I was smiling and b) I was running. :)

A perk of a hilly course was the ability to see the photographer before I got there so I could be sure a) I was smiling and b) I was running. 🙂

A perk of this race is that they give you a coupon code to download one of your race photos. You could of course buy the whole package, but for non-runDisney races, I tend to just get one to document the day. I liked that I looked happy in this one and it caught me looking more like a runner than a walker. I still get a little thrill out of that, I confess.

This week’s Tuesdays on the Run topic is Compression Gear: Yay or Nay? I confess, as warm and humid as it is around here these days, the idea of anything compressing and sticking to me seems incredibly unpleasant! That said, I’m a big fan of compression gear for a couple of reasons:

– I love compression bottoms (pants, shorts, capris) because they hold all of my jiggly bits in a bit when I run. TMI? I have a lot of loose skin and in non-compression bottoms, I really feel things flapping around. It’s physically a lot more comfortable for me to be in a compression bottom and for sure I’m a lot less self-conscious.

– On a less vanity-driven front, I also feel like compression socks help my legs bounce back a little faster after long runs. This can be particularly helpful for runDisney events, where I’m usually out walking miles in the park not long after a race. I also felt like they helped when I was doing the Rebel Challenge and wore them after both the 10K and half marathon. I’ll probably bring them to Wine and Dine to wear between the Jingle Jungle 5K and the half marathon and to wear after the half marathon. Thankfully, I got a second pair of compression socks for Christmas last year so I can rotate them as I need them (both 2XU compression socks, not sleeves, which I’ve liked a lot so far).

For Christmas, I got several new running recovery toys for the Rebel Challenge. Those will come in handy at Wine & Dine as well!

For Christmas, I got several new running recovery toys for the Rebel Challenge. Those will come in handy at Wine & Dine as well!

– They can also be really helpful if you’ve got to travel right after a race, either in a car or plane, to help decrease the swelling that can occur when you’re immobile for that long. I’m flying to Italy in July and may actually wear my compression socks on the plane even though I’m not racing right before the flight. Well, unless I decide to run that superhero themed 5K that morning. Running a 5K a hour before I have to be a the airport would be a bad idea, right?

Some people also wear them during runs themselves, because they can be fun and flashy and may potentially help mitigate fatigue/swelling and decrease extraneous muscle movement during the run itself. The data on how calf sleeves or compression socks affect actual running performance and mechanics isn’t clear cut (check out a nice summary here from Runners World). Like everything else with running, I think you have to experiment and see what works for you. For me, I like to wear the socks after a 10 mile or greater run or if I’m running back to back races. Wearing them during a run makes me feel like I’m smothering my legs and drives me bonkers. Everybody will find a different set up that works for them.

Do you use compression gear? What do you use and how do you use it? Definitely share any recommendations for anyone else who may be considering trying it out!

Be sure to head over to April, Patty and Erika to check out their recommendations and as always, ladies, thanks for hosting!

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12 responses to “TotR: Compression Gear

  1. I love compression gear. So much more comfortable to run in. And the socks definitely help with recovery! I really want to buy the recovery pants and see how they treat me.

  2. I have never tried compression socks/calf sleeves but did just try the Pro Compression low trainers–basically, socks. I do think they make my feet less sore after long runs.

  3. I love your race pic! I wear compression socks quite a bit, and also feel like they help my legs during a run, and I’m not as sore afterwards.

  4. I’m not a big user of compression gear, but I’ve tried it a lot..my favorite is Feetures’ PF compression sleeves for plantar fasciitis. That saved me–I suffered from PF for about a year. Huge fan.

  5. Coco says:

    I started wearing compression socks during races when my calves would seize up towards the end of a race and they seemed to help that.

  6. I’ve never done compression socks, but I love my compression pants. Makes me look thinner, plus they feel good and as you say, hold the jiggly bits in. 😉

    • I have one pair of compression capris that are a little TOO good at their job (or a little too small anyway) in that they leave me feeling like a stuffed sausage struggling to get into them. 🙂 I do look good once they’re on though.

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