On Sunday I took advantage of the not as cold weather and ran my 6 miles outdoors. I was getting tired of running laps around the indoor track at the Harris YMCA.
Since it was just under 50 degrees I wore shorts. To keep my legs a little warmer I wore my PRO Compression hot pink compression socks.
Why wear compression socks (aside from warmth)? Well here are a couple of reasons (from the PRO Compression site):
- improves blood flow, resulting in better, more consistent performance and faster recovery
- support critical muscles and tendons while reducing inflammation, swelling and soreness
I currently own two pairs and use them when I'm running more than 5 miles, after running half marathons, and if it's chilly out (for example I'll probably wear my "shamrock" ones during a St. Patrick's day 4 miler).
Have you ever tried compression socks during or after a run?