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"?
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!
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