This March I ran/limped the LA Marathon. It was NO JOKE you guys. A few weeks before the race I tweaked my left knee, "the IT band connector got all pissed off" is my official Self Diagnosis, and I found myself at the race expo the day before I was to run 26.2 miles searching for something to instantly cure what ailed me.
I'd been hearing a lot about compression socks and sleeves since I'd been running more (I'd also seen them on a lot of people while out on long runs), and I'd always wondered if they helped. So when I found a pair at the expo for a decent price, I snapped them up and put them on, hoping for relief. And you know what? They helped!
(Photo from: me)
I don't know exactly how they work - I think they are similar to support hose and socks that are used for medical reasons like diabetes or circulation issues - but for whatever reason they really helped! They are super tight so you have to really work to get them on your legs, and after a few hours I have to take them off because they start to get uncomfortable. I didn't run in them (some people do!), but I got a pair of hot pink compression sleeves a few days after the race and they helped reduce some of the swelling in my legs and again offered some relief from the knee pain I was feeling.
Now that my knee is healed, I plan on using my compression sleeves on extra long runs to combat swelling (I'm now training for the Chicago Marathon in October. I know ... what am I THINKING?) and after runs to get the circulation going and help prevent lactic acid from building up.
Are you on the compression sock bandwagon? I have to say, I'm a believer!