Saturday, July 5, 2014

PRO Compression Marathon Socks [Review]

Running has become one of my favorite stress reduction and energy boosting activities. Though I am a minimalist when it comes to running accessories, I do enjoy a few key running accessories to support my running. A great pair of running shoes is essential to support the feet, the legs and the spine. A great pair of compression socks is beneficial for reducing lactic acid build up and sore muscles.

Compression Marathon Socks    
Rating: total green check marks out of 5.

Coupon Code: use COMP40 to receive 40% off marathon socks and sleeves.

The Good
The Not So Good
Sized, non-slip design
Might need to supplement with sock
Moisture control

Help to reduce muscle soreness

Made in the USA

Marathon full-length compression socks encompass the whole bottom of the leg, the foot, the ankle, and the calf up to the knee. PRO compression marathon socks use graduated technology to improve blood flow, which results in better and more consistent performance. The compression socks also help to reduce the amount of fatigue experienced and help to recover quicker. Compression socks support muscles and tendons to reduce inflammation, swelling and soreness.

I was looking toward trying full-length marathon compression socks because I always battle calf soreness and aches after long runs and after hard runs. I was looking for something that would reduce the need for me to get up in the middle of the night and stretch my calves because the cramps would wake me up.

Being a little worried about being too hot in the full-length socks, I chose a cooler day to run on. PRO Compression Marathon Socks are made from a blended synthetic material that is lightweight and provides moisture control. I prefer to wear the minimal amount of clothing required when running, especially on days where the temperatures are above 80 degrees. I did not think that wearing full-length socks was going to be easy.

On today's run, I chose to go a longer distance on a hilly route. My calves get a good workout when running up and down hills. Perfect for trying out the compression socks!

One of the downsides to the socks for me is that I need a thicker sock for my current running shoes. I had to wear a thinner sock on top of the compression sock to comfortably fit in my running shoe. If I purchase new running shoes, I would probably be able to wear the compression socks on their own.

I got over the fear of being too hot in the socks once I realized that the moisture control helped to keep my calves and feet cool. I liked the support that the socks provided for my calves. The sensations is a bit different when wearing full-length compression socks. I became used to it after a few minutes and focused on how good my calves were going to feel afterwards.

That evening and during the night, my calves felt better than they usually do. A little soreness, but not the usual aches and cramps in the middle of the night. Success! The PRO Compression Marathon Socks did their job! If you are looking for a way to increase your performance and reduce pain and aches, try a pair of compression socks.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. All opinions are my own. 

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