I have for the past few months been trying out the Mizuno compression socks. I trained with them leading up to the Hamilton Marathon and actually wore them for the race as well. They were great for the cool weather training and the cool race we had as well, as they have the Breathe Thero material to keep your calves warm as well. I really liked them and they were not too tight as I have tried other brands of compression socks and some were way to tight and the blood flow to my feet was cut off too much and my feet felt like pins and needles and almost went numb. But the Mizuno one were just right for me and I really like that they have the socks built in with compression from the arches all the way up to just below the knees. This is my first year wearing compression socks as I needed to try something as I always have sore calves when training for the marathon. So I decided to go all out with the compression socks, I have one pair for training with the socks built in and one pair for recovery/wearing around during the day which cutoff at the ankles. I found I recovered from my long and harder runs much quicker and didn’t have the normal calve pain when walking down stairs either. These will always be a part of my future training for triathlon and marathons without question.
I know they may not be the most stylish looking while running, but I don’t care how I look when I run. I only care how I feel when I run and wearing these compression socks made my legs feel great each run. As they didn’t fatigue as quick, did get as sore as they normally did which in turn allowed me to push harder and longer in my training and in my race. This has been the best purchase I have made and best addition to my training gear in a long time. I want to thank the people at the Running Free Newmarket location for opening my eyes to the world of compression socks and other compression products available. They are very knowledgeable on all the different brands and types of compression which I had no idea there were so many different things to consider before buying any kind of compression product.
My advice is if you have calve issues, or want to see what advantages any compression product will add to your race performance do your research and you won’t regret it.