Just so everyone is clear – I am a very reluctant runner and probably not a very good one, but I want to be better! I really like the idea of running. No special equipment needed, no extra travel time to the gym or studio, and no set schedule – you can go whenever you’re free and go for as long as you want. In reality, though, it’s a real mental struggle for me to force myself into my sneakers and out the door!
Last night was a perfect example of my typical running struggle. I was exhausted from a long week and hadn’t had a chance to get to the gym – so I knew I should go for a run. I also had a new pair of TheraSport socks I needed to test out and it was beautiful, sunny and relatively cool outside. After stalling for a while on the phone with my sister, I eventually got my gear on.These socks have a lot of stretch to them, so they’re easy to get on. Absolutely dreading the actual running part of running, I did a photo shoot first. They’re great looking socks!
Than I told myself, if I just got to the National Cathedral – my favorite running destination – I’d let myself walk the rest of the way home (internal bargaining with myself is very effective). Off I went – and surprisingly, after about half a mile, I felt really great! Here’s why:
- I have a really high arch and often my feet start hurting during my runs because I don’t have enough support to this part of my foot. This sock has compression across the foot to provide support to the arch – I could feel it as soon as I put the sock on and my feet were comfortable the entire run.
- I wore the 20-30 mmHg compression socks which are designed for performance. My legs felt fresh and energized during the entire run with this compression level.
- The socks have ventilated areas to keep my legs cool, so I didn’t immediately overheat in the 80 degree DC weather. A lot of people struggle to wear knee high socks when they run in the summer – you won’t feel the heat in these.
I got to the National Cathedral and took the break that I promised myself and pictures to prove that I made it there.
After resting for about 10 minutes, I still felt great, so I ran all the way home too. All in all, I did a total of 3.4 miles, which is pretty impressive for me (having let about 2 weeks go by since my last run). I was expecting to be sore this morning from overdoing it a bit, but I feel completely rested. I did keep the socks on for about an hour after my run to get the maximum recovery benefits. If you can resist the urge to jump in the shower right after you run – I definitely recommend it. Otherwise, shower and put a new pair of compression socks on so you can help your legs recover.