Thursday, June 18, 2009

Recovery Socks Q & A + Giveaway Announcement

I received such a great response after my Recovery Socks post and I hope I can adequately reply to some of your questions.

Are they meant to be worn during the run, afterward for recovery, or both?
So far I have only worn mine for recovery post-run, however I know they are designed to be worn during a run as well. I'll report back once I have a chance to try this out... I'm just not sure about running through the streets in hot pink knee-highs. :)

If I don't get calf stiffness (I feel it more in my knees), will they still be beneficial?
I turned to the experts for this one and Marco at The Recovery Sock responded that the graduated compression of the socks will enhance blood flow upward, thereby preventing ankle swelling and blood pooling. They can improve the overall well-being of your legs, regardless of where your issues lie.

How long do they last? A lot of clothes you wash and wear and they kind of lose form...does this happen to these socks?
I haven't had mine for long (only a few washes) so I'll have to defer to X-Country2, Frayed Laces or Denise to answer that one. However, I can tell you that they sure seem like they are made to last.

So is this something that you need once your runs get really long? I'm intrigued but I'm concerned they may be superfluous right now. Mmmmm . . . advice?
In my humble opinion, it's never superfluous to employ a recovery aid. It's certainly not going to do you any harm!

Are you allowed to call hot pink recovery socks "bad boys"?
Ummm, yes.

Aren't they awesome?

Wonder how those hot pink socks would look on my manly legs?
My husband might kill me for posting this, but he tried them on.

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In other exciting news, I have a big giveaway coming up to celebrate my 500th post and Marco has generously offered to provide a free pair of Recovery Socks to one lucky reader. I'm about 15 posts away, so stay tuned for that over the next few weeks. Don't worry, I'll give you plenty of time to enter when the time comes.

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Clinic run tonight was a 10K 'build-up' increasing pace by 15 seconds/km every 2K. By the end of tonight's run I was starting to feel yesterday's intervals, but I got through it. We even got to witness a police take-down as a result of what seemed to be a domestic disturbance. Two cop cars peeled down the road, flung their dooors open and took this guy down, meanwhile some other guy is yelling "Stay away from my sister!" Yeah, it was pretty crazy and certainly kept things interesting!


Mel-2nd Chances said...

I think you should rock your neighborhood with those hot pink socks ;) Wow, some excitement for your run tonight!!

Relentless Forward Commotion said...

HOT PINK? I can't wait to enter this one, haha!

Unknown said...

oooooh i'll be paying attention. would love to win a pair to test out

RunningLaur said...

Like an running through a real life episode of cops, wow!

My legs (calves and knees) have been unusually killing me ALL DAY, and all I can keep thinking is, "man, I need a pair of those recover socks to stop this pain!! They would be perfect!"

Can't wait for your contest to open so I can win and get some fantastic, fashionable relief!

Anonymous said...

haha Loved the Q&A!

500 posts?!?!? whoa whoa whoa! that is a LOT Of blogging. definitely deserves some sort of celebration :)

Jamie said...

ooo I love some good drama when running! I can't believe you are so close to 500 posts!!!

Stacey said...

I would love a pair of those "bad boys!" I will definitely be watching for your 500th, 500! Have a great weekend!

Lindsay said...

nice bait nice bait ;) not that i don't read each of your posts anyway, just saying. :)

500 posts! wow! big day coming up, what will you write about? i feel pressure on days like that, lol.

crazy about the police! glad they didn't assume you were running from them.

i don't have recovery socks but my compression socks fit just as well after being washed. i don't put them in the dryer though. i, too, am not all too confident about running around in knee highs haha. plus i think that'd be a tad bit hot right now.

Lily on the Road said...

The joys of living in "the hood",

"Wonder how those hot pink socks would look on my manly legs?" was that Nitmos???

Anonymous said...

I need to take the plunge and just buy a pair! Can't believe you almost at your 500th post.

EndorphinBuzz said...

I love watching police brutality ;)

Good work on the training day after day, you are a real trooper.

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Jenn said...

if you got a sunburn then the hot pink would just blend in!
but in all seriousness pink in large doses is always a good thing.

joyRuN said...

Hot pink!

I saw a couple of peeps in my last marathon wearing them during the race. With the soaking rain though, they couldn't have been too comfy.

Unknown said...

Hehe, sneak us a pic the next time the hubby wears your recovery socks:)

Heather said...

Nothing like a little domestic to keep you running! I have some serious hot pink recovery sock lust going on. :)

Jess said...

Excellent, a giveaway! I hope to be in posession of a pair of those socks 15 pots from now, ha!

J said...

500th post! Whoa girl you are way ahead of me! Glad you like the recovery socks. I might need them Saturday after the race if I do my long run that morning!! Have a good weekend!

JenZen said...

I just got my first pair of compression sleeves and I'm love, love, loving them. I've worn them during a long run, during speed work and after to test them out. I did notice a difference during the runs - less time to warm up and less joint pain. They are now my after run ritual.

SO cool on your 500th post! Congrats early!!!

What an exciting run too!!

X-Country2 said...

I only wear mine after 10+ mile runs, so it's only a couple days a week at the most. And since I put them on after I shower and wear them just around the house for the evening, I don't wash them after every use. (Ick, I know.) I figure the non-washing will help them last forever! :o)

Gotta Run..... said...

have not tried the socks...yet... but I have heard a ton of great things about them.

Anonymous said...

As always: another great blog post! I secretly LOVE watching shows like COPS and would have gotten such a kick seeing what you saw during your run today! Haha!

Being Robinson said...

ohhh i want me some recovery socks!! can't wait for your giveaway. just write your posts one sentence at a time to get to 15 more.... ?? ;)

Bruce said...

I could use some recovery socks. and I do look good in hot pink.

A Toronto girl out West said...

Thanks for answering my question! :o)

I'll wait to see if I win a pair (here's hoping!) and if not I'll definitely buy a couple. One for me and one for the fiance!

No Longer Using said...

thanks for the q+a! i can't wait to get my pair. i should wait and enter the giveaway... i think i will wait just in case my luck pans out :)