Monday, August 4, 2014

I Heart Compression Socks

I love love love compression socks, I was gifted my first pair last Christmas from my mom and have been hooked ever since.

 So when I was offered the opportunity to review PRO Compression socks via Sweat Pink I jumped right on it. This was my first time trying out PRO's brand of compression socks, and I have to say I loved em! They were super comfortable and breathable. 

I was skeptical about wearing high socks in 85 degree Cleveland heat with 80% humidity, but I never thought about them ONCE when I was running.
My legs felt amazing during and after my run, I never once felt any muscle fatigue and will for sure be purchasing some sleeves and socks from PRO in the future. 

Now here is some science and info about compression socks:

 PRO Compression products are specifically designed to give you an edge and help you perform at the highest level possible.

They can be worn before, during and after a workout as the benefits of compression speed up muscle recovery through enhanced vascular flow in your lower extremities.

 True Graduated Compression
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.

PRO Compression socks are the result of years of innovation. We started off with a unique design, used by endurance athletes for years, and added golf-specific enhancements for maximum comfort and performance. This sock was designed to keep you ahead of the competition. A better footwear choice is simply not available.

Our world-class design is complimented with specialized materials. Without them, it would be impossible to create revolutionary performance footwear. Cotton and wool  simply aren't going to cut it in a world where the best athletes rely on the highest-quality gear. PRO Compression uses a proprietary blend of nylon and poly materials, optimized for performance, benefiting both amateur and professional athletes.

All socks are designed and manufactured in the USA, giving PRO Compression complete control over the quality of every sock we sell, from design through manufacturing and distribution.

Our goal is to deliver a world-class sock that will enable you to play better than ever and recover more quickly than previously possible.

We're confident you'll feel the difference immediately.

I highly suggest picking up a pair today! You can use my special promo code to get 40% off! Just use the code: PINK and happy running!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Dear Running

Dear running, sometimes I really hate your face. 
Yes I know you aren't a real person and you don't have a face per say, 
but whatever it felt good to say it so suck it.

You and I, running, our relationship has been on the rocks for the past year or so. I fell in lust with you three years ago and it was a magical honeymoon stage that we went through. Those first 9 months, training for my first 5k running 3 times a week barely running 10 miles a week, yea those were the good ol days. We were ridin high, couldnt tell me shit about my relationship with you, I was in la la land.

In September of 2013 I decided to take our relationship to the next level, train for a 10k. For non runners, that is 6.2 miles of pure torture cardio bliss. This is when the relationship started to crumble my love. Having to meet with you every night in the freezing cold for 30-60 minutes at a time was exhausting, painful and all around ridiculous. We live in CLEVELAND OHIO for christ sake!

But I stuck with it, I ended up cancelling a lot of our "dates" and you punished me with cramps, side stitches and a foot injury for dodging our said "dates". I ran that 10k in December and hit a PR (personal record)! I was ecstatic and all the feels came back for you. Still high off of that 10k I decided you weren't so bad after all, you did relieve my stress and keep me in pretty decent shape so hey eff it lets keep this love story a rollin.

The next week....I signed up for a HALF MARATHON. WHOA, holy commitment right? This is when it all fell apart. I cried more during these training sessions/date nights with you than ever before. 
It was gone, the butterflies were gone, the twinkle in my eye had faded. I was exhausted and tired, I needed a break. Welp it really wasnt such a good idea to take this said break in the middle of our newest relationship endeavor, but I did...and I am sorry, I suck.

The half marathon came and went, I hit no PR but I finished. That let me know that you weren't so bad, and that if I just put effort into the "relationship" I would get out of it what I truly wanted: to be happy and healthy and run fast. 

I took some weeks off after our half marathon, and am back at training on a 5k plan, back to the basics. Sometimes I really can't stand you, but I know now I have gone about our "relationship" all wrong, I wanted to achieve lofty goals but didn't want to put in the work. I know now after learning the hard way that dreams and goals don't work unless you do. Silly me.

Thanks boo, for sticking by me even when I cursed your name and denounced our relationship. Thanks for not kicking me to the curb when I left you hanging on so many of our "date nights". And thanks for always showing me that if I want to achieve something, I can.

You are my soulmate.

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