With the possible exception of the constrictor snake family, the act of squeezing is universally good. Popping a pimple is oddly satisfying; freshly pulped oranges make any breakfast five-star; clearing out your closet—and eliminating the make-me-feel-awful-about-my-body jeans from six years ago—is seriously effective mental medicine; doing Kegels helps your lady-bits return to their pre-baby firmness (well, okay, not quite); and you can’t go wrong with a hug, especially when it’s given by a dirty-fingernailed, rumple-haired kid.
As many of you know, compression also helps muscles spring back after a tough run. RecoFit, a Boulder-based company founded by a mother runner who craved relief from shin splints, knows this better than anyone. And, being a female-run business—read: craftiness is in the company DNA—RecoFit has upped the ante with these brand spankin’ new calf sleeves, which incorporate pockets for removable, moldable ice packs. Particularly helpful for shin-splint sufferers, the sleeves incorporate two of the four key components of RICE—rest, ice, compression, and elevate—are covered. (And if you rest and elevate while wearing them, you’ve got a home run.)
We’ve got three pairs of RecoFit’s brand spankin’ new sleeves to give away to readers. All you have to do is answer this question: If you squeezed your drenched sports bra after a run, what good things would be found in the sweat that drips out? Odor of determination? Stench of speedwork? A waft of revitalized-woman? Click on the word "Comments" at the bottom of this post (it's a hyperlink) on our website, and let us know.
P.S. These sleeves are so new, they’re not even up on RecoFit’s site yet. But if you—or your shins—can’t live without them, you can e-mail recofit at gmail dot com and order yourself a pair. And, if you like the RecoFit Facebook page before you email, you can get 25% off your first order, bring down the price of the $60 ice + sleeves to $45 (+$5 shipping and handling). Yup, love the craftiness.