Last week, I was complaining about some calf pain and general tired-leg problems and wondered aloud on the blog about getting some compression calf sleeves that I hear everyone raving about.
I have noticed more and more people at races running with compression sleeves on their calves, and I've read a lot of blog posts about how comfortable they are. My aching legs and I wanted to try them. You guys gave me some good advice on which brands to try.
First thing I did was order a pair of Zensah compression leg sleeves. So, they were on the way.
Shortly thereafter, my friend Jen of Running with the Girls, suggested I get in touch with Tommie Copper to do a review, which I did, and they sent me a pair of these calf sleeves right away to review. (I did receive this product for free, but my opinions are my own).
I got the Tommie Copper sleeves first, and started wearing them right away, including during my 18 mile long run. I can't say that they made my long run any easier, but they feel fantastic on my legs. They are so comfortable, and I'll try to explain why. They are tight but not too tight, light and cool because of the breathable material (they feel like very thin bathing suit material), and they feel like they are hugging your muscles. Whose muscles don't need a hug?
Okay, so I don't totally understand the science behind the copper in the material, but I will tell you that these compression sleeves definitely helped me to recover from my 18 mile run and I basically had no aches or soreness after it; I wore them around the clock for 2 days. I even wore them to work under my work clothes just because they felt good and gave my leg muscles relief. I don't get how, but they work.
Next I received the Zensah sleeves that I had ordered and paid for myself. I went for the bright green color because, well, why not? The material is totally different than the Tommie Coppers, much more like sock material. These fit me a little more snugly (snuggier?) and also feel really good but in a different way. I tried them out for a 5 mile run last night. I know I have too many colors going on in my outfit here, but let's focus on the leg sleeves, okay?
I happened to have a pretty great run last night and that may or may not have anything to do with the Zensah sleeves. I liked how they felt on a 50 degree evening, but can't imagine they would feel good if it were hot. Again, they hug your muscles and make your legs feel fresh. I don't totally understand why, but it's pretty undeniable that they do. Who doesn't want fresh legs?
Thank you to folks at Tommie Copper for the compression sleeves. I give them a very positive review. If you have chronically achy or tired muscles or an injury, I would totally give them a try.
Side story! As if leg compression wear isn't exciting enough, this is what happened last night:
The above photos were taken just as I was heading out for my run. See Jackson? While I was out running, Sam and the kids were hanging out in the back yard, and Jackson took off looking for me. That was at about 5:30 or 6:00. When Jackson wasn't back by 7, we started to get really nervous. He sometimes goes exploring but always stays pretty close and is never gone for long. When he wasn't home by 8:00, we started to panic. Sam and I took turns looking for him, driving around, calling him, notifying neighbors and putting out calls for help on facebook.
At 9:00, my friend Lindsey suggested we call the police department. After some back and forth, the dispatcher said that yes, they indeed had picked Jackson up at the gas station near our house. I said I'd be right there to get him! But then they told me an officer had taken him to the Humane Society for the night, and they would open in the morning. Our poor boy spent the night in jail and we couldn't bail him out until today at 12:00 noon when they opened.
Maybe he was trying to live up to his namesake.
Sam and Skyler bailed him out today. He's now home with us, and as smiley as ever. And on a leash.