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Pro Compression Sock Review

Happy Friday everyone! Thank. Goodness. Try to contain your excitement!

Today I’m linking up with the fabulous Jill Conyers for Fitness Friday! Since I had an inspiring first run in 2 weeks last night, I thought it seemed appropriate to share! Plus, I tried out some sweet socks! Be sure and check out her blog, it’s fantastic!

As you know, this week/past few weeks have been a doozy. I haven’t even gone on a run in almost 2 weeks. I am walking proof that when your mind and body are equally stressed out, the last thing you want to do after a long day of work is go running. But, I know that when I DO run, that stress goes away. And I proved that to myself yet again last night. It’s funny how I didn’t even realize how stressed out I was. My mood the past couple weeks has just been awful, and finally last night when we got home, Adam said “Go change, go on a LONG run, and don’t come back until you feel better!” Such a sweetheart. He went to the grocery while I headed out for a mind-clearing and rejuvinating run.

I started out strong, about an 8:38/mi pace, but then after about a mile I came upon…

the crossroads.

If you’ve been a runner for long enough you probably know what crossroads I’m talking about. The “do I GO in the woods or can I make it all the way back home?” crossroads. Raise your hand if you’ve ever had to make this decision. The hilarious blogger over at Shut Up and Run talks about it quite often. It’s like the king of cognitive dissonance. You know what you need to do, but something about it just doesn’t feel right because, WHO DOES THAT?? Needless to say, it’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, and you gotta do what you gotta do! Don’t worry, I made the right decision.

After the world was right again, I got back out to my run and started exploring. I wanted to not think about anything, to take a different route, and now feel like I had to go a certain way. I just kep going, and going, and going, and eventually found my way back home after 6 miles. I would be lying like Anthony Weiner if I said I ran all of it. It was very much a run/walk combo since the past 2 weeks were run-less. When I walked in the door, it felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I think you can handle any situation as long as you can run it off later! My splits were nothing to brag about, in fact I don’t even remember what my last 3 miles were. But, sometimes running at my “feel good” pace is exactly what I need.

As you know, I LOVE compression socks, and am quite loyal to wearing them. Well tonight, I rocked my new Pro Compression Marathon Pink socks for the first time! I felt like a walking reflector- a safe reflector none the less. I originally purchased them a couple months ago in size Small. Unfortunately, when I tried them on, the heel cup went up past my achilles, bunched, and the height of the sock caused them to extend up onto my knee. Way. Too. Big. So, I finally got around to exchanging them, and here they are! I swapped mine out for a size Extra Small. Obviously, they’re a little tighter, but they fit my foot much better and the height fits perfectly.

Straight from the Pro Compression website: “PRO Compression socks are designed specifically to deliver both maximum comfort and speedy recovery times. The science is complex, but benefits such as improved blood flow, stability and comfort are universally understood.  The moment you put these socks on your feet and incorporate them into your game, you will feel and understand the difference…..PRO Compression uses a proprietary blend of nylon and poly materials, optimized for performance, benefiting both amateur and professional athletes…..All socks are designed and manufactured in the USA, giving PRO Compression complete control over the quality of every sock we sell, from design through manufacturing and distribution. Our goal is to deliver a world-class sock that will enable you to play better than ever and recover more quickly than previously possible.”

I typically wear size 7.5-8 in my running shoes, so I assumed the size small, which Pro Compression allocates for size 6-8 would be perfect. It’s possible though that because I’m on the shorter side and my feet have always been pretty narrow, that I naturally just needed to step down a size.

Loved the simple packaging. No bells and whistles. Perfect.

Something I also loved were the small touches of grey, black, and yellow.

I of course had to model the socks on, but SOMEBODY had to get in on the action. Truckee insists on being the center of attention in everything! What a HAM! And in case you were wondering, I don’t really run in a cotton t-shirt..come on..you know me better than that.

While I ran, I felt like these socks had the perfect amount of tightness, and my calves constantly felt fresh. I only got overheated once, but that’s because I was running a long stretch in the sun. They mostly felt pretty cool, and I didn’t feel like my feet and lower legs were sweating up a storm. I was a little hesitant at first of the material, because it feels a little stiffer than another brand I wear, but once I started running in them and got them ON my feet, they felt GREAT!!

Overall, I loved the socks and am anxious to order another pair! Thumbs up from me!

Bring on the fun colors!

Have you tried Pro Compression socks? What colors do you own?

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    Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama
    July 26, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    YAY for stress-relieving, head-clearing runs! And welcome to the wonderful runner’s world of GI distress and pooping in the woods!

    I’ve never tried compression socks, but I’ve heard/read such rave reviews that I think I’m going to give them a try. Thanks for the great review! Love the pink & gray. And LOVE your artistic photos! Who knew socks could look so lovely!

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      Sweet Miles
      July 26, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      Nicole- Girl, you should definitely try these socks out! I usually am very loyal to Swiftwick, but I thought I’d branch out and try a new brand! Love them!

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    Anna @AnnaTheApple
    July 26, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Getting compression socks was definite the best thing I’ve done in a while. So so good for recovering from a long run. I love mine! Though I did get very painful cramp trying to put them on once haha.
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      Sweet Miles
      July 26, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      Anna- hahaha I’m so glad you mentioned the cramp thing! That happened to me last night!!

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    Kristen @ Medium Roast
    July 26, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    I have never tried compression socks — but I also haven’t been running very long. Part of me wants to go out and get all the fun bells and whistles, but I also know that running is just about getting out there.

    I feel you about the not getting out to run for a few weeks. I haven’t been feeling like it either, but man, a good run after a long break is the best!
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      Sweet Miles
      July 26, 2013 at 5:24 pm

      Kristen- Oh girl, you need to try them! I originally tried them because my feet were cramping when I would run.

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    July 26, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    I love Pro Compression socks 🙂 What a cute dog, looks a lot like my Morgan who always has to sneak his nose into pictures!
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      Sweet Miles
      July 26, 2013 at 5:24 pm

      Jen- Thanks for stopping by, Jen! I’ll have to blog stalk you and see what this Morgan looks like 🙂

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    Logan @ Mountains and Miles
    July 26, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    I tried pro compression socks once, but they were too long for me. Maybe just needed to get a size smaller? Not really sure.

    I have some compression sleeves (from another brand) that I really like, though!
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      Sweet Miles
      July 26, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      Logan- I would recommend trying a smaller size! I think you’d love them if you found a pair that fit correctly!

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    July 26, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Glad you had a great run! I’ve never tried compression socks, but they look awesome. I don’t always stick to a regular running schedule so I never mind doing the run/walk deal. Sometimes it’s more important to just get out there and feel good!
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      Sweet Miles
      July 26, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      Kelly- I agree, if I’m training for something I’m all about routine, but when I’m just trying to keep my cardio up, I enjoy run/walking and just relaxing 🙂

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    July 26, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    do have compression socks, but just ankle/foot ones, not long ones like these.
    I’m actually thinking of getting myself some of these long ones, cause sometimes I just don’t want to run in leggings, but shorts.
    And hello pink, awesome colour, you totally rocking it.
    What colour you going to get next?
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    July 27, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    I’ve been considering buying a pair of compression socks. I think you’ve persuaded me!

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      Sweet Miles
      July 29, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      Hayley- Yay! I’m so glad I’ve convinced at least one person to see the light and try out compression socks!

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    July 28, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Feel free to gasp, but I don’t have pro compression socks, and I never had. I don’t know if I’m too lazy to buy them, or if I just constantly forget to buy them or what. I really really need to give them a chance though. Plus, they’re stylish. It’s a win win.

    Anyways, I hit the crossroads today. For some reason my ankle has been swelling, so I had a huge debate with myself over whether I should quit or not. I went on and ended up having such a stress relieving run, so I totally feel you on that. Isn’t is lovely just to run? Sometimes I forget how incredible it can be to just simply run. I love when I can forget about everything and push passed my crossroads. I’m SO glad you had a great run! It’s a wonderful feeling! 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      July 29, 2013 at 4:38 pm

      Katherine- Glad you had a great run as well!! Sometime’s it’s so important to just KEEP GOING! You’ll never regret it. But of course be careful with that ankle swelling, you don’t want it to turn into something worse!

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    Reba - Not So Perfect Life
    July 29, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Love the colors in these! I will def by a new pair now. I have some old (off) white ones that I use to recover in but I never run in them because they are too tight.

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      Sweet Miles
      July 29, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      Reba- Haha yes you need some color for sure! Let’s get rid of those old white ones 😉

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    July 29, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    I actually never wore compression socks before but when my long runs start getting a lot longer, I know I’m going to have to. Everyone seems to love this brand so I will have to give them a go. 🙂

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      Sweet Miles
      July 29, 2013 at 4:40 pm

      Tara- Pro Compression is definitly fantastic!! They have lots of color options so you can usually find one you like!

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    Marissa @ Barefoot Colorado
    July 29, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    I love Pro compression!! I own a pair of their black socks, but have had my eyes on the bright pink fooevvvaaaaa
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      Sweet Miles
      July 29, 2013 at 4:40 pm

      Marissa- Dooooo itttttt!

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    July 30, 2013 at 10:35 am

    I seem to be last on the compression sock bandwagon and I need to give them a try. Is it better to wear them while running a long run (I have 15 this week) or to wear them afterwards to recover? Thanks for the review!

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      Sweet Miles
      July 30, 2013 at 11:07 am

      Natalie- Either way is great! I wear mine DURING my long runs because I feel like they help keep my feet and calves from cramping 🙂 But alot of people just wear them to recover afterwards!

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