I have long been a fan of compression socks but just recently started wondering about the benefits of compression sleeves. I decided to look into using compression sleeves when running because I blister easily and compression socks tend to be thinner than what I like to run in. I purchased a pair of Zensah compression calf sleeves and haven’t looked back! In case you are curious, the purpose of compression (socks OR sleeves) is to help increase blood circulation, reduce the amount of time needed to recover and reduce muscle fatigue (for more on the science of compression read this and this – very non science minded friendly!).
So, you might be wondering if I’ve experienced any benefits of compression sleeves while running in them. Remember that time that I ran two marathons in 14 days? And remember when my leg cramped up awful when I ran Richmond? Well – when I ran Richmond, I wore long pants and no kind of compression. My legs cramped up and I had an incredibly painful last 12 miles of the marathon. When I ran the NCR Trail Marathon two weeks later, I wore shorts and my Zensah Compression Sleeves. No cramps of any kind. Now, I’m not saying that the reason I did or didn’t crap was related to the compression sleeves — however, I will say that I will be wearing compression sleeves for each and every marathon I ever run from here on out. Because, for me, they work. And I love them!
Given my love of compression sleeves (and socks, too, but I just only run in the sleeves – I recover in the socks), I am excited to share that I’m signing on as a Zensah Ambassador! I love this brand and love their products (and purchased them WELL before I even knew that being an ambassador was possible). Super excited for this opportunity and hopefully will be doing a giveaway soon to share with you all!
Are you thinking about trying out compression gear? Here’s a handy chart that can help you decide socks or sleeves!
Do you use compression socks or sleeves?
*This is not a sponsored post – I wasn’t asked to write about Zensah – I just love them and my sleeves!