Disclaimer: I am an Ambassador for CEP Compression. All views in this post, Compression for Runners, are my own. I was provided products by CEP Compression for my use and a review is not required. All items in this post are my own experiences and not to be taken as medical advice. Any questions? Ask your doctor if they are medical or injury related.
As a runner, are you ever sore after or during long runs? This is where compression gear comes in as an amazing tool that you can use to help you not only enjoy your run more, but recover quicker as well.
I remember back in 2012 when I first started running and my calves would always get sore. I headed into an expo and walked out with a pair of CEP Compression socks wondering if the $60 I spent would be worth it. Well, almost 3 years later, I still have those socks and they are just as good as the day I bought them.
I purchased my socks because it always seemed that my calves were sore as well as the rest of my body after my longer runs. I knew there were compression pants at the time, as well, but figured that the socks would be a great place to start.
Now, years later, I rely on compression gear for a few reasons and wanted to share the reasons I use compression gear, as well as the benefits I receive, with you.
The simple science behind compression gear such as the full pants, sleeves and socks is it compresses the muscle and increases the blood flow to the muscles thus allowing for not only improved performance, but reduced recovery time.
There are several brands out there, but for me CEP’s proprietary compression profile fits me the best. The socks are always long enough and compress in just the right areas. In addition, I am a huge fan of CEP simply due to how long their products last and the high quality of them. They have never shrunk or changed in any way, shape or form in the wash. I primarily rely on both my compression socks and full pants for those days I need a bit extra TLC for recovery. After a tough speed workout, or a long run, I always put on either my socks or my pants. Some nights I have even slept in my pants and woke up with my legs refreshed and ready to run again the next morning.
For me, the socks have also helped me get through a day at work since I got my standing desk. You would not think it would be that difficult or tiring to be standing at the computer all day, but it has been a challenge to get used to. The compression socks defiantly help my calf muscles and feet make it through the day a little easier.
I have also started to use compression socks a few times a week during my runs. I love that CEP makes a lighter weight compression sock too, called the Ultralight Run+. I took my pair for a spin today and loved how light they felt and did not overheat my calf muscles.
The Run+ are a bit shorter of a sock and I wore them when it was literally zero degrees outside. Normally I have issues with my toes being very cold, but between the Run+ and my Brooks Ghost Goretex, cold toes never entered into my mind as I got through my 10 miler.
CEP also specifically labels the socks for either the left or right foot, to ensure proper compression and fit.
CEP also has a full line of injury specific gear as well as socks that are specific for other sports. You can check out their site CEP Compression here.
I can not wait to see what this season brings for me and I am excited to be part of Team CEP!
Do you use compression to help your performance or recovery?