Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Try it Tues: CEP Sock/Sleeve and $60 GIVEAWAY!

Feeling a little bound up? You're not alone. Compression technology is taking endourance sports by storm. (What kind of bound up were you thinking?) I became a fan of compression socks when I finally spent the money and decided to do something about my SUPER tight calves. I was almost immediately a convert. Every marathon since, after I've crossed the line I snuggled up in my tin foil blanket, grabbed some bagels, cursed at Phidippides and threw on compression socks. If you don't believe me, check out these pictures.

I was recently sent a pair of CEP (Compression Enhances Performance) recovery socks and calf sleeves to try out. You've seen them before. They are the ones that almost EVERY triathlete wears and a lot of the front runners in 5Ks and 10Ks wear. I've been wearing the CEP compression socks after nearly every run over 2 hours or so and even tried wearing the CEP sleeves while running during the Phoenix summer. I've found that when I wear them after a run my legs are a lot less sore and I SEEM to be able to run faster, sooner.

Exhibit A: Chris "Big Sexy" McDonald. If wearing the socks makes me big OR sexy, I'm in.

My attempt at being either big or sexy. FAIL


Per CEP's website: Give yourself an edge with CEP Running O2 Compression Socks featuring 18-25mmHg compression. Used by professional triathletes around the world, CEP running socks are the first scientifically proven compression running socks to maximize power, boost energy, and speed recovery time.

Sounds good. Sign me up.


Pros:
  • CEP sizing using calf circumference seemed to provide a better fit
  • My use of CEP as recovery as really proven to reduce both the initial swelling as well as reduce recovery time (thereby scientifically reducing the Adam Complaining Rate (ACR) by 47%)
  • If you have a pregnant wife, compression helps with leg swelling - increasing your video game playing time quality 1:1 time with your growing family
  • All the pros are using them, so if you wear them you will also look professional (same applies to shoe polish under your eyes like a football player)

Cons:
  • At $60, they cost twice the other compression socks I've used (RecoverySock)
  • Because they are so expensive, I felt like I needed to take EXTRA special care of them (no drying, no bleach)
  • The calf sleeves while running are HOT in the Phoenix summer. HOT HOT HOT. Must try them again in the winter.

Overall? The CEP sock and sleeves get my overwhelming Seal of Approval. I really like how they fit and am interested in taking them on more runs when it cools down. While the price is a bit steep, I think of them as an investment. Similar to how I would justify a massage after an intense run.

BUT WAIT!! How can you eliminate my only real complaint with CEP? Get them for FREE!!! CEP has offered to give my readers either a pair of socks or sleeves. Here's what you do to maximize your chances. Comment for each entry you do. I don't have those ANNOYING word verification dealies, so extra comments take you about 2 seconds. :)
  • Follow my blog +1
  • Retweet this: "I just entered @adamrisu $60 CEP sock giveaway at www.TheBoringRunner.com Why haven’t you?" +1
  • Post this contest on your blog +1
  • Goto the CEP Website and tell me how you got your learn on

I'll pick the winner via random number generator on Saturday July 17th, so you have until 12:01am central on Saturday to get as many entries in as you can!

Got these for free (and so can you! Why are you reading this down here?? enter enter enter!!), but wasn't asked for a positive review

182 comments:

SarahB17 said...

I'm a follower!

Michele said...

I'm a follower!

AKA said...

Tweeted!

Jamoosh said...

I am a follower and I am sure that you and the random number generator are well aware that July 17th is my birthday...

Anne said...

I'm a follower!

Anne said...

Will post it on my blog.

Anne said...

Checked out the website and love the pink compression socks :)

Andrew Opala said...

Love it!

Here's my blog entry ... of course I mixed it with stuff about myself (http://runningmanwannabe.blogspot.com/2010/07/yeehaa-jesters-dead.html).

I tweeted it as well. Their website actually doesn't have a community or forum, but I sent them an email from the contact page (http://www.cepsocks.com/help.php?section=contactus&mode=update).

Did you know that They "consistently see increases in athlete's performance by up to 5% as well as a drastic reduction in recovery time and increase in lactic acid metabolization."

Andrew Opala said...

I really want the socks for my wife. She runs faster than me, and maybe I could tie them together before she starts running.

Berryfine said...

I am a follower. Please let me win. Thank you ;)

Berryfine said...

Contest page- scroll to the bottom Mr. Boring.
http://fromfat2fab2009.blogspot.com/p/contests.html

Berryfine said...

Just tweeted it out- @fromfat2fit2010

Teamarcia said...

Some questions: Are the sleeves hotter than the socks? (temp-wise not looks).
Are big calves better/more attractive than chicken-legs, I mean thin ones?

Of course I'm a follwer!

Teamarcia said...

I tweeted @teamarcia

Teamarcia said...

I linked

Teamarcia said...

and I learned that I badly want some of those lime puppies to be in my future.

L080100 said...

I am a follower

L080100 said...

I tweeted "I just entered @adamrisu $60 CEP sock giveaway at www.TheBoringRunner.com Why haven’t you?" http://twitter.com/LonnieRuns/status/18516129548

Kelly said...

I'm a follower! (Wow... that sounds sad.)

And I went to the website and learned all about how compression socks could help my dad with his calf cramps. Hmm...

L080100 said...

I learned on CEP's site that their sizing is done by the size of your calf, not the size of your foot which I found odd, but makes sense when you consider the purpose of the sock. I often have a hard time finding good compression socks because I wear a size 14-15 running shoe with pretty narrow feet, yet I have pretty stocky calves.

Allie said...

I am a follower.

Allie said...

I tweeted!

Allie said...

And I posted this giveaway to my blog.

Allie said...

I went to the CEP website, I really like the hot pink socks, they're so cute. You should have asked for pink. :)

L080100 said...

I posted a recommendation for my readers to check out your blog: http://goo.gl/fb/2tZNt

Running Through Phoenix said...

Tweeted and retweeted. And figured out what retweeting means.

Running Through Phoenix said...

Follower.

Running Through Phoenix said...
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Running Through Phoenix said...

I'd go for the sleeves. I kinda like showing off my black fungii-ridden toenails.

destinationathlete said...

I'm a follower!

destinationathlete said...

I already tweeted!

destinationathlete said...

Will post on my blog on today's post!

destinationathlete said...

Love the fact that CEP goes by calf size, NOT foot size...

Shelly said...

I am a follower.

Shelly said...

I posted the contest on my site, www.theboringrunner.blogspot.com

Shelly said...

I went to the CEP website and learned that they also make walking socks, trekking socks, skiing socks, soccer sleeves and other cep gear!

Lady Em said...

I am a follower...pick me, pick me...i am a triathlete with serious calf cramping problems...i wonder if these would help? Im poor so there is only one way to find out...IF I WIN!

Lady Em said...

i learned that the compression socks come in balck and white...maybe they should make some pretty girly colors? women can be runners and triathletes too and we lke pretty colored socks to make us feel lady-like. But of the two color selections i would pick black so i could be sneaky like a NINJA.

Blaine said...

Of course I'm a follower, but not a blind follower. I knew exactly what I was getting when I became a follower and not just because I wanted you to be follow my blog, which you do and my thanks.

Emz said...

I follow your AZ a*s.

Emz said...

thanks for not including FB

Emz said...

Did I mention I don't tweet a twitter either?! loser2 [squared]

Emz said...

but I'll bloggy all about cho sweeeet sexy comp socks.

Emz said...

It's my birthday 7/17 too - so bite me Jamoosh.



um, it's actually not.

Angie Bishop said...

I am a follower of you stylin so not boring blog!

Angie Bishop said...

I tweeted...hahahahahaha!
Everytime. You think it would get old but thankfully I always get a laugh :)

Angie Bishop said...

I posted a link to my blog!

Angie Bishop said...

I went to the website and watched the video showing how to put them on quickly coming out of the water.

Julie said...

Yes, I am a faithful follower:)

Julie said...

I will link you in now:)

This is a great giveaway...compression socks are still on my wish list!

Rad Runner said...

Follower for reals

Rad Runner said...

The company started in 1957 WHAT?!

Rad Runner said...

Posting on my bloggity blah blog blog

Rad Runner said...

Tweeting it, even though I have no idea how to use twitter.. Dude how do I use it?! I will figure it out to win these socks.. I have a pink pair and LOVE theM!

Jill said...

I'm a follower :)

Jill said...

I don't tweet. :(

Jill said...

I'd have to have pink socks, of course...but could I REALLY run in them and not look like a dork? I don't care, I still want pink!

Neil Z said...

follower, but only when you are REALLY funny...

RunningLaur said...

Sorry, I think your photo is a fail. But that's ok. (duh I follow)

RunningLaur said...

and tweet

RunningLaur said...

and blog

RunningLaur said...

and I met with the CEP rep last week at the store - how's that count for knowing things about the socks? even though I don't have a pair still.

EricaH said...

i am a follower

EricaH said...

I tweeted @erica_h

Chad said...

I am a follower of you leading.

Chad said...

I tweeted your crap.

Chad said...

I posted your stupid contest on my even stupider blog.
http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/discussion/training/index-weekly.asp?memberid=111147

Chad said...

I went to CEP's website, and I learned that they consider Disc Golf a sport.

Angela said...

I'm a follower!

Angela said...

Headed over to the CEP website. I love the O2 compression socks in pink (b/c I'm that girly runner who enjoys that sort of thing). Found the science behind compression socks pretty interesting too.

Angela said...

Tweeted!

Kimberly said...

I'm a follower!

Kimberly said...

Tweeted!

Kimberly said...

Posted on my blog.

Kimberly said...

Went to the website and read about Medi. I could have learned more but I was enamored with the pink socks. Sorry.

Whitney said...

I am a follower!!

Whitney said...

They have PINK socks?!?!?! I NEED THEM!!

Kelly Garman said...

Dang...there are a lot of comments here. Which is good for you but definitely bad for my chances to win the compression socks.

Kelly Garman said...

But regardless, I did retweet about the giveaway.

Josh & Jen said...

My friend Chad told me to come here, and I actually like your blog. I REALLY like CEP socks, I get made fun of often for sporting my HOT PINK CEP socks all over the place. Not to say I like your blog any less than my socks, but...you know. ;) I am following now too...and might just have to write about this on my blog and post some SUPAH fly pics of my in my socks!

K said...

I tweeted. @atomickandi

Jeri said...

I just became a follower. :)

Jeri said...

I tweeted. (@jerilee40)

Jeri said...

I will be linking this giveaway on my blog post tonight.

K said...

I just figured out how to follow your blog. :)

Jeri said...

And I've checked out their website before b/c I've been trying to decide which compression socks I want to buy. But if I won them, that would solve the dilemna. :)

K said...

I learned you can get compression socks in pink! :P

Pam said...

I follow

Pam said...

I want me some pink ones!

Pam said...

Putting you on my sidebar.

BrianFlash said...

I'm an unofficial follower - by that I mean that I read your blog but the overall internet technology defeats me and I'm doing everything possible to avoid identity theft.

But free socks from a picture on the web - beautiful...

Blaine said...

I like the black socks since I already have a pair of white.

Founder of Jog for Joubert Syndrome said...

new follower! :)

Founder of Jog for Joubert Syndrome said...

tweeted @jogforjoubert

Founder of Jog for Joubert Syndrome said...

i learned that they can improve performance by 5%...but if i win the bright green socks it improves my cool factor by 105% :)

Founder of Jog for Joubert Syndrome said...

posted to the sidebar of my blog www.myreasontorun.blogspot.com

Dwayne said...

I am now a follower!!

Dwayne said...

And I visited the CEP website and am much more intelligent having done so.

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

I am a follower

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

I like the pink compression socks, but actually think having the sleeves to run in would be good

Megan said...

I'm following you! Not in a creepy stalker way...

Megan said...

Tweeted!

WannabeRunner said...

Already a follower!

WannabeRunner said...

Checked them out and love the pink compression socks!

J said...

I am a follower!

J said...

Love the pink compression socks! Seems I am not alone in that thought.

run4may said...

I already follow your blog and love it.

run4may said...

i twittered about it a run4may

run4may said...

I linked it on my blog (right hand sidebar)

run4may said...

I didn't know that they offered a 30 day moneyback guarantee. So, you know they work or else they wouldn't offer this.

Middle Name Marie said...

I am a follower

kilax said...

I am a follower!

There is a big article about compressions socks in the Aug RW. I have never tried them, but have had tight calves before. I am not sure if I could wear them while running!

kilax said...

I went to the site and read about compression arm sleeves. You know, I always thought those sleeves were to keep your arms warm. I didn't realize they reduce muscle strain during a run! NO wonder the pros wear them!

mommaof3ontherun said...

I'm a follower...new one.

I have a giveaway too...for Clif Shot Bloks. Come visit me too http://mommaof3ontherun.blogspot.com/

mommaof3ontherun said...

I would love to try these as I build mileage...they are expensive to try. Love the hot pink ones!!!

mommaof3ontherun said...

I would love to try these as I build mileage...they are expensive to try. Love the hot pink ones!!!

Stacie said...

I'm a follower!!!

Stacie said...

I learned if you get a pair, wear them crossing the finish line of a marathon, get the high res photo of it and send them a copy then you will get another pair of CEP socks for free!!!!

Stacie said...

I posted the giveaway on my sidebar :)

Stacie said...

I tweeted!!!!

Rachel Wasserman said...

i follow your blog and desperately want cep compression socks!

Rachel Wasserman said...

i just tweeted. i'm @manicdefense

Evolving Through Running said...

I am a follower.

Evolving Through Running said...

Linked to your giveaway on my blog.

Evolving Through Running said...

Checked out the CEP site, and learned that these socks are a lot more prevalent and specified than I thought. Specific socks for skiing, and soccer, who knew?

Luke said...

New follower!

Tweated @evercleartucker

you are mentioned on the right side bar of my blog.

Tim Wilson said...

I am a follower

Tim Wilson said...

Just tweeted it @virtual4now

Dr. TriRunner said...

oh heck yes. i have been wanting to get compression socks for SO LONG but have not yet justified the price tag. therefore, I FOLLOW the cool kids like you. :)

Dr. TriRunner said...

and I tweet! @SperlyTriRunner

Dr. TriRunner said...

and because i need to brush up on my learning skills over the long summer break, i learned that the company that makes CEP socks also sells compression socks under 4 other brand names.

Cynthia O'H said...

I'm a follower. $60? I didn't realize they were that expensive.

Cynthia O'H said...

Will post to my blog.

Cynthia O'H said...

I checked out the site and didn't realize that size was dependent on your calf size. Oh, the pink pair has my name all over them.

Founder of Jog for Joubert Syndrome said...

i posted again on my Thumbs Up! Thursday post :)

Running Through Phoenix said...

posted to my blog
http://jeffg-runningthroughphoenix.blogspot.com/2010/07/melon-patch-icide.html

Chris K said...

I'm too lazy to do all that to win a pair of sucks. What I want to know is when is the next podcast episode going to be up? I need my "Indie Song of the Week" fix! :-)

Courtney said...

I'm a follower!

Courtney said...

I tweeted! @runcourtrun

Courtney said...

I posted this giveaway on my blog

JD said...

Alright, so I am now following your blog, not sure why I hadn't done so earlier!

JD said...

Sent out a Tweet as well

Runners Fuel said...

I'm a follower!!

Runners Fuel said...

Will post on my blog tonight.

Kayla said...

I'm a new follower :)

Runners Fuel said...

Just wen to the website. Looks like they will do the trick. I hope I get to try them out.

Kayla said...

I posted this giveaway on my sidebar

Kayla said...

I tweeted

Runners Fuel said...

Just posted it on my blog:
www.runnersfuel.blogspot.com

Christina said...

I'm a follower

Christina said...

I have a pair of the sleeves that I bought at the PF expo. I don't wear them as often as I could/should but I do like them. If I win, the pink ones would be cool.

TRI-james said...

following

TRI-james said...

tweeted

TRI-james said...

posted

Jessica said...

following!!

Jessica said...

tweeted!

Jessica said...

Went to the website, I really like these!!

Lynette@ A Hodge Podge Of Randomness said...

I'm a follower!

Lynette@ A Hodge Podge Of Randomness said...

I have an addiction and need to add to my collection ;) The pink or black would go well with the purple and blue ones I already have.

Courtney said...

Following!

Courtney said...

Linked to your giveaway on my blog.

Courtney said...

From the website, I learned about their 30-day money back guarantee, and that they've never had a return. Wow!
I love this because I still can't find a pair of compression socks I like, so it makes it less of a risk to spend the $60.

Erika said...

Now following!

Erika said...

And linked you on my blog!

Glenn Jones said...

I follow!

Glenn Jones said...

I tweeted tonight. Honestly!

Glenn Jones said...

According to their website, they were founded the same year I was born. (1957)

Nobel4Lit said...

Excellent giveaway! I like your blog and will add it to my blogroll!

Christine Jensen said...

I follow as Chris

Christine Jensen said...

I tweeted http://twitter.com/stickyprints/status/18692819180

Christine Jensen said...

They make socks for hikers/climbers too

onebadrunner said...

I'm a follower.
and I need the sock.
Got the sleeves but my feet feel left out. Throw me some love.

Tricia said...

I'm a follower

I wasnt going to enter this giveaway since I won the last one...but since I've never seen my prize then I decided this one is fair game.

ha! just messing with you. apparently some people have jobs...

Tricia said...

I tweeted earlier this week because I'm nice like that

RoadBunner said...

I am a follower!

Tricia said...

I need the pink ones

seriously, my poor legs would thank you

RoadBunner said...

Went to their website and learned they come in an awesome shade of PINK!!

wendy_kresha@charter.net said...

I am a follower and I really, really need a pair of these babies! (Does that earn me an extra entry, lol?)

Adrianne said...

just came across your blog! you are hilarious!

Bradatuud said...

Of course I follow your blog........

sRod said...

Doh. Missed that cut off.

But I've been a long time follower if that makes up for anything.

Jenna Z said...

I follow your blog!