I am easily swayed by the power of suggestion: When I interview an exercise physiologist about the benefits of foam rolling, I basically hang up the phone, dig out my long-neglected styrofoam log, and start rolling like a woman possessed. After a few days of hanging out with Dimity, a religious eater of healthy between-meal snacks, I chomp on an apple or some almonds mid-morning and mid-afternoon. So it's no surprised that after doing a compression gear review for Runner's World magazine, I started sporting calf sleeves nearly 24/7. (I take them off to shower and run in capris, but that's about it. My husband, Jack, can attest.)
But I didn't just mindlessly pull them on: I did it to relieve chronic tightness and soreness in my calf muscles, which more than one health professional said contributed to my plantar fasciitis. The results were astonishing; within a week or 10 days, my calves were pliant and pain-free. I wear them slightly less frequently now, but after a hard workout (like Tuesday's tempo run) or on a long plane flight (to Atlanta last weekend for my brother's wedding), my calf muscles were getting a love-squeeze from some sleeves.
And now yours can, too. For the final giveaway three winners will get two pairs of RecoFit Calf Compression Sleeves--one pair for their lower legs and a pair for their best running buddy. In case you're new to compression, here's the elevator-pitch for them: These form-fitting garments speed recovery by improving blood flow and dampening muscle vibrations. Scientific studies have shown wearing compression gear after a strenuous workout can speed recovery and minimize soreness. I dig sleeves better than socks because then I can wear my favorite socks with them and my toes don't get crunched by compression. Plus, I'll admit it: I can wear them for weeks without having to wash them! (And gotta tell you a reason we love RecoFit: It's a woman-owned company, founded by a mother runner named Susie, who I got to hang with at a women's running retreat near Seattle. Love her--and her products!)
To enter to win two pairs of RecoFit Calf Compression Sleeves, click on the Comments link below this post, and tell us who introduced you to running? Check back on Sunday, when we'll announced a whopping 15 winners, all the gals from this week's giveaways. It might be you!