If you don’t run you probably think compression socks look absolutely ridiculous. But to us runners, THEY’RE A FREAKIN’ LIFESAVER!
Until very recently I had no idea what the point of compression socks was. I thought they were just funky looking socks runners wore during races to dress up a little. Uhhh…1000% wrong!
My love affair with compression socks started last year when my shin splints really started flaring up. I did a ton of research on shin splint/ calf pain relief and almost every single Google search I did recommended trying out compression socks. I finally splurged and bought my first pair and have never looked back.
Ever since I started running in compression socks my shins don’y hurt as much, I have no leg cramping AT ALL, muscle fatigue doesn’t phase me and my recovery time had been cut in half.
So yes, let’s talk about how these incredible socks work!
How do compression socks work?
Compression socks help by improving circulation and blood flow to your legs. Stimulating blood flow helps athletes improve performance, reduce muscle fatigue and recover faster.*
Tiux makes some of the best compression socks because theirs have graduated compression. This is just a fancy way of saying the socks are tighter around your ankles then get less tight as they go up your legs. The point of this is to fight against gravity and make it easier for blood to get back up to your heart.** Plus how cute are these colors?
Another HUGE benefit of wearing compression socks is for muscle stability! The compression in the socks holds your muscles in place which reduces your risk for injuries and since there is less muscle movement your muscles will be less sore!
Who should wear compression socks?
Some runners love running in compression socks and some hate it.
Some people prefer to wear compression socks only after runs and not during.
It’s really up to you!
I do recommend compression socks when training for long distance races like a half marathon or marathon. Your body goes through a lot of stress so anything you can do to reduce inflammation and help those muscles recover is beneficial.
When I was training for my marathon I wore my compression socks on every single long run then would shower and put on a clean pair to wear for the rest of the day and to sleep in.
Take care of those legs people!
If you think you would benefit from compression socks be sure to use my code LIVELEANEATGREEN10 for 10% off your order at Tiux.co!
My next half marathon is creeping up FAST!
In 21 days to be exact.
This past week was rough! Last Tuesday night I woke up in the middle of the night with awful pain in my left big toe. I had no idea what was going on and thankfully after a few minutes of very intense pain it subsided and I fell back asleep.
Welp the next night the SAME thing happened.
I finally got the courage to take of my nail polish to see what was going on with my toe and realized half my nail was white and the other half black/blue/red. EW! I panicked and made an appointment to see the doctor in fear of some awful infection.
Turns out my big toe nail separated from the nail bed (SICK) and the only way to reduce the pain…not running.
Since that’s not really an option right now pain killers and long soaks to reduce the inflammation is all I can really do. #Dedication
- Monday: hot yoga
- Tuesday: 4 miles + hot yoga
- Wednesday: hot yoga
- Thursday: rest
- Friday: 6 miles
- Saturday: hot yoga
- Sunday: 12 miles
Do you wear compression socks while you run?
UGH toe pain? Anyone ever have a nail separate from their nail bed before?
Any tips on dealing with runners toes?
++This post is in collaboration with Tiux Compression Socks. As usual all thoughts and opinions are my own.