I tried compression sleeves for the first time when I started running back to back long runs to train for the Hat Trick at Runner’s World Half and Festival. Long runs on Sat and Sun followed by sore legs Sunday evening and Monday. Sore legs and thoughts of how I was going to feel training to run a 50 miler in 2013.
After a trip to Dick’s Sporting Goods I was the owner of 2XU Compression Calf Sleeves – Refresh.
Wow! Never mind (for a minute) the science behind increased blood circulation, reducing blood lactate concentration, and reduced swelling and inflammation. They simply feel good on tired legs! And the science behind compression has proven true. My legs were not as sore and recovery time was quicker. Bring on a 3-race weekend!
Now, I’m deciding. For quad compression do I want leg sleeves, pants or shorts? And now that I think about it. Should I have chosen compression socks instead of sleeves? I wonder what the difference is.
Do you wear compression during or after a workout? What brand do you recommend? What do you do to shorten recovery time?