Compression socks have been on my list of things to try for awhile now. Ever since observing Paula Radcliffe sporting them, I must admit that I’ve been more than a little intrigued.

I couldn’t figure out if she was making a fashion statement or if they were some sort of elite runner secret.

Happily I was given an opportunity to try it out for myself courtesy of  Pro Compression Socks and Fitfluential.

Why compression socks?

According to research,  added compression keeps blood from pooling in your legs promoting good blood flow and thereby reducing that heavy, fatigued feeling during and following a run. They are also purported to reduce post-run soreness by supporting fatigued tissues and helping to squeeze out lactate build-up.

My personal experience…

I may not be a scientific genius or elite athlete  but I can honestly say that after trying them out  for myself, I personally found most of the claims to be true.
I was sent a size small to try and truthfully I was concerned about the fit. I have the kind of calves that most men crave. They are strong and muscular and NOT a dainty size small. Despite my doubt though, I found that  the compression socks fit quite well.

For what it’s worth, I also found them to be pretty comfortable both during and after my runs. There were times, however, that I felt a tad ridiculous wearing them around the house, despite the obvious benefits. :)

For me, they are a miraculous anti-fatigue fighter. My legs felt invigorated, so much so that I can honestly say that they will be a regular part of my running arsenal.

PRO Compression socks are a bit pricey ($50 for the marathon socks and $45 for marathon sleeves), but, in my opinion, they are worth the investment if you are a long distance runner.

Holiday Discount

If you are interested in trying these babies out for yourself, I’m happy to reveal that Pro Compression is offering 40% off and free shipping with the code FIT40. It’s good until December 15th, so be quick to take advantage of it!

So tell me, do you use compression gear? What do you think of it?

Disclosure: I was offered the opportunity to try Pro Compression socks as part of a campaign through Fitfluential. All opinions are my own.