Yesterday I was having a good email conversation back and forth with Jamoosh, who also had some marathon race issues, during which he made a good point about races being a snapshot in time. (He posted a really good summary of it) Sometimes the snapshot captures you riding a unicorn – other times the unicorn is poking out your teeth with it’s unicorn horn. On Sunday, I got the horn (TWSS).
Second (I’ll get to the socks, promise – because they ruled) how has your training been going for the Freeze Your Thorns Off 5K Virtual race?
A week or so ago, the marketing guru behind the Zensah twitter feed tweeted me asking if I wanted to try on a pair of recovery socks and let the world know what I thought. Since I KNEW that I had a big time marathon coming up and would need some compression (foreshadowing perhaps?) I kindly said “yes please” and before I could say “How do you pronounce Zensah?” I had a new black pair of snuggly compression socks in my hands. Also? I had these two in my hands.
For the record? Those folks at Zensah are no dummies...
Zensah compression socks make use of graduated compression to enhance blood circulation and oxygen flow to increase performance. With Zensah compression socks, you are able to run farther, bike longer, and train harder. Our compression socks are the only compression socks to incorporate arch support as part of the compression sock - allowing your legs to last longer during marathons, races, or long rides. The compression socks have been designed and engineered by athletic trainers using seamless technology which ensures superior comfort and prevents any chafing or skin irritation common with other compression socks. The compression socks make use of graduated compression technology to provide muscle support for both your shins and calves.
So, if you skimmed over that, essentially what they said was that Zensah has arch support AND seamless technology that combine to make them perfect for wearing while on the run. Seems like solid thinking. I tried mine out after my race on Sunday and really liked not only how they went on rather easily but at the same time seemed to feel tighter than some of the other socks I’ve bought before. Per the Zensah website, compression socks are great for racing, recovery, and traveling. I used mine for recovery and traveling my ass from the chair to the fridge.
Even though I cramped up during the race, I could really tell that my lower legs received some much needed TLC post race. Today, two days post race, my calves and shins feel right as rain where as my non-compressed quads feel dark like the bottom of an underwear drawer.
- I didn’t feel like I was going to give myself a hernia pulling the things on
- Soft, supple calves - the day of a marathon
Zensah models in their brochures
- While I didn’t review them, Zensah also offers a “compression dress sock” which saves me from explaining why my socks are strange colors
- At $50, they aren’t cheap enough to have 10 pairs, but they are cheap enough to have a few in the rotation
- Only non-black/white color that were offered for men was pink. Pink? Hmmm
Overall? I honestly think that the Zensah socks are some of my favorite thus far. I really like the fact that they go on without feeling like I'm busting a nut but also are snug enough that you can run in them. So, they get my seal of approval: