Compression & Fashion Go Hand-In-Hand! {Lily Trotters Review & Giveaway!}

Let’s talk about compression socks. Again.

As a runner I’m sure you have heard of the perceived advantage of wearing compression during a run and afterward to aid in recovery. Compression socks and sleeves are thought to promote circulation and keep leg fatigue at bay. If you are new to the compression game, there isn’t really any hard science to prove that these things are true, but I certainly believe they are and have noticed the benefits from wearing them myself. It makes sense after all; compression socks have been used for years in the medical industry. Why wouldn’t they work for runners too?

There are tons of brands to choose from out there and it seems we all have our favorites. I own calf sleeves and socks from two different companies and like them both for different reasons, although I have always leaned toward sleeves because the socks squeeze my feet too much.

For those that might not know, I had a gnarly foot injury last year and compression socks exacerbated the pain so during that time I got pretty turned off to them.

A little while back I received an email from a good friend telling me that she knew a woman who had started developing her own line of compression socks. She had mentioned me and given her my contact info, letting her know that I was a runner and that I would be happy to test out her product for her once she had some available. (I have good friends right??) Well then the other week this woman ­– who is EXTREMELY nice…her name is Susan – reached out to me, asking if I remembered her from the conversation I had with my friend.

DO I? If it has anything to do with running, I’m pretty much guaranteed to remember who you are. And yet I have trouble remembering my own phone number.

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Susan’s new company is called Lily Trotters and isn’t that logo darling? A lily trotter is a kind of bird that walks around on lily pads. I just learned that yesterday.  Anyway go ahead and click on over there. I’ll wait….

SO ADORABLE RIGHT!?

Lily Trotters are tested and approved high performance grade compression socks, but they are nothing like any of the other ones I own. Not that my other socks aren’t cute in a way ­– they are certainly bright and cheery – but these could easily be worn on a run or as part of an adorable outfit for work. I know some of you sneak your compression socks on under your dress pants like I do, SUZ.

She says they are “Strong enough for a long run. Thin enough to rock your favorite shoes.” True story. Here are some of the product deets:

  • Proprietary easy-to-get-on 100% micro nylon weave
  • 15-20 mmHg (millimeters of mercury) – just the right squeeze! 
  • Cushioned heels & reinforced toes
  • Moisture wicking, antimicrobial

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Mine are black with pink and neon green polka dots and they go fantastically with my multiple pairs of new pink shoes. I began reviewing these socks in my head the second I put them on. First of all, I could actually get them on without hurting myself. Where my other socks feel almost excessively squeezy these felt like they were compressing just right in all the places, even my feet. The material is also thinner and more breathable than what I’m used to.

Another think I noticed and loved right away: They are longer than my other socks. They come all the way up to my knees. On top of that (literally the top of the sock) is slightly ruffled and pink. SUPER freaking cute. I wore them around the house all night before bed and then in the morning I sported them to the gym for my 8 mile pace run….

Hi. I'm a giant dork.

Hi. I’m a giant dork.

…and my legs felt so great that I sped up! It has been awhile since I ran wearing socks or sleeves and now I’m wondering why I stopped. I really needed to have a good run today.

Lily Trotters is still in its early stages, but I am happy to be able to help get the word out about these fabulous socks. Plus the locally owned aspect of it: Lily Trotters is Baltimore-based and I love supporting my hometown businesses. If you clicked over to their site, you may have noticed there is a place where you can drop your email…definitely do that! You’ll get updates on the official Lily Trotters launch and early bird pre-order discounts!

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Now let me tell you why else Susan is so super great: Not only did she send me this pair for myself, but she sent a second pair for me to give away to one of you!

Do you wanna build a snowman be my sock twin!? Here’s how:

Leave a comment below telling me about your experience with compression socks. Do you wear them? No? Do you WANT to?

Then there are ways to get additional entries too (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), but you’ll see that all spelled out in the Rafflecopter below.

A SWEET Compression Sock Giveaway from Lily Trotters!

This giveaway runs from right now until next Tuesday night (March 3) at midnight. I’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, March 4!

Good luck to everyone who enters and BIG thanks to Lily Trotters for letting me be a part of this! I LOVE these socks!

Xo,

Salt

I was generously provided with a  pair of compression socks to review and one to give away. All opinions in this blog post are my own!
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The most awesome hug for my legs. {PRO Compression review & giveaway!}

Before I ran my first half last year, I purchased myself a pair of compression calf sleeves because I had heard and read so much about lessened leg fatigue and speedier recoveries. After just a couple runs I added myself to the long list of believers and it became a very rare instance that I would run without leg compression gear on.

I have a couple pairs of PRO Compression sleeves in my arsenal already, thinking that these worked so great for me and that I really didn’t need to go the whole sock route. I said something like ‘wearing a compression sock would feel restrictive to me in some way blah blah blah’ and while that was partially true, it was probably also a little bit about me being a cheapskate. Not that the price difference is vast. Actually it’s all of about $5, but I have a 2 year old and 2 year olds are very expensive. I cut corners where I can so I can pay for that Jake and the Neverland Pirates coloring book she destroyed while we were shopping at Target the other day.

Anyway, now it’s either spend more money on socks or spend more money on the water bill washing my fantastic pink PRO Compression marathon socks over and over again. They have been a game changer for me. If I wasn’t working through an injury they would probably still be super awesome, but the fact that I do need the extra reinforcement for my ankle and foot have made them almost a necessity.

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Compression socks are thought to promote circulation in your legs, which is why they are worn by not only athletes, but by people who suffer from a variety of medical issues. Increased circulation is thought to be responsible for less fatigue during a run and a faster recovery when you’re done. PRO Compression quickly became my go-to.Their graduated compression socks are made from a nylon/poly blend that is so comfortable and breathable. I think they will be great for warmer weather wear too. They are also designed to give extra support to the muscles and tendons and HELLO? That’s exactly what I’m needing over here.

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It was suggested that I order a size XS, which at first I questioned because I thought they would be tight…because tightness isn’t at all exactly what you are trying to achieve by wearing a compression sock.

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Any-durrr they apparently know my legs better than I do and the socks were perfect. I fell instantly in love with the way they hug my ankle and foot. The first time I wore them on a run was during my birthday 5K and they have accompanied me on each of the few runs I’ve gone on since, including under my cheeky St. Paddy’s Day knee socks in my race last weekend and yesterday for the 6.2 MILES that I ran on the treadmill.

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That’s right. I ran a 10K yesterday and I can still walk up and down the stairs today. Take that, Dr. Awful!

I even wear them sometimes when I’m just hanging out around the house because they feel that good. Is that weird?

Are you a compression gear believer? Do you own any compression socks or sleeves? Would you maybe like to get some for an awesome discount?

ProCompression-LogoYou’re very much in luck. They have a ton of styles and colors to choose from as you will see if you click the link above. Not just calf sleeves and a variety of different sock styles, but also compression wear for your arms. After you’re done with your shopping, enter the discount code BLG14 at checkout and receive 40% OFF your order, plus free shipping as long as you are located in the US! I think I might be doing this myself ASAP because someone is bound to eventually notice that I’m wearing the same pink socks all the time.

And guess what else? The folks at PRO Compression are extremely wonderful and generous and want to give away a FREE pair of marathon socks to one of my lucky blog readers! Here’s what you have to do in order to enter…

MANDATORY ENTRY: Leave me a comment below and tell me what size shoe you wear. I’ll need that information if you win anyway!

And of course the additional entries…there are a LOT of options!

  • Like PRO Compression on Facebook.
  • Follow PRO Compression on Twitter.
  • Tweet this giveaway!
  • Sign up for the Sock of the Month Email List. You can find this at the bottom of the main page on the PRO Compression website. Basically you enter your email address and in return receive new product announcements and special deals directly to your inbox! Good deal!
  • Follow PRO Compression on Instagram.
  • Follow me on Facebook.
  • Follow me on Twitter.
  • Bring me a turkey bacon sandwich and a venti skinny cinnamon dolce latte from Starbucks.

Just joking about that last one unless you are in the area and don’t have anything better to do with your time.

Here’s the Rafflecopter link:
Show Your Legs Some Love! PRO Compression Giveaway!

This giveaway will run until next Wednesday at midnight and the winner will be announced here, there, and everywhere on that day. GOOD LUCK to all that enter!

~ Salt

All opinions about PRO Compression marathon socks expressed in this blog post are my own. PRO Compression provided me with a pair of socks to review and will also provide one for the giveaway, but this in no way influenced the outcome. I was already in love with their calf sleeves. 🙂

Things no one told me: Those socks cost how much?

When I started on this journey, I had only the vaguest idea of how expensive it would be. How much could running possibly cost, right? You just go outside and you run. My brothers play lacrosse and they have loads of gear that they spend money on every year. I figured the most important pieces of gear that I would need are already attached to my body and that most of the expense would be tied up in race registration fees. While that is partially correct, I’ve quickly learned that there is so much more to it than I ever could have imagined.

Shoes (the ones that I bought on sale for $25 at DSW because I needed something to wear to the gym? Yeah those were no longer going to cut it), GPS watch, fuel belt, clothes, energy gels, extra tip money for the poor soul who does my pedicures, and issues of Runner’s World – just to name a few – were all things that I didn’t really consider, but made perfect sense once I got started. Good socks make perfect sense too and I have quite a few pairs that are inexpensive, but still have served me well. However, as my runs have gotten longer, I started to encounter issues with muscle fatigue. That’s when I learned that compression socks aren’t just for old ladies anymore.

I also learned that compression socks ain’t cheap. The brand name I had heard thrown around most often was CEP, so that’s the first place I went and I’d be lying if I said my jaw didn’t practically hit the desk when I saw the price tag. $50+ for a pair of socks? I was able to find them slightly cheaper on various internet sites, but apparently I have the most trendy calf size because they were all sold out. Lame.

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Then I discovered calf sleeves, which are more like compression legwarmers than socks and I decided that I liked the idea of these better. Plus they are slightly less expensive, thought still not cheap. In other words, yesterday I purchased a pair of $35 lime green legwarmers that should arrive to my house today and I should probably pretend that they didn’t cost $35 if my husband happens to ask. My coworker – who does run occasionally – exclaimed “You spent $35 on SOCKS??” so I can’t imagine my non-running husband would understand this at all. Especially since they aren’t even socks. Maybe if I told him how much the socks cost, the cost of the calf sleeves won’t seem like such a big deal.

Tomorrow is my last Saturday run before my half and the official start of my taper. I’m scaling back to 8 miles and hopefully my new calf sleeves will help me conquer this wicked hill on my route. At the very least, it would be nice to have less tired legs when I’m done. 🙂

Happy weekend, everyone!

~ Salt