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Happy Friday All!
It’s been a crazy busy week, but I think that has also made it pass faster and here we are at Friday! I’m changing up the schedule a bit and instead of a Run Fast, Eat Slow recipe post I have a review for you today! You may remember a few months back, I reviewed Legend Compressison socks. I was very impressed with their product and happy to support a Made in the USA company. When the opportunity came up to review their compression sleeves, I jumped at the chance. Personally, I tend to be more of a fan of compression sleeves (only wrap around the calf instead of the whole foot) so it was perfect.
It also helps that the arrival of the compression sleeves has coincided nicely with my training for the Half at the Hamptons really picking up. I’ve been running 40-45 mile weeks with some TOUGH interval workouts sprinkled in. I’ve trained hard before but never anything like this.
My motivation to keep up with the training has also been sky-high. I want that PR in March and I’m willing to work for it. That has meant a renewed focus on all of the little things that I tend to push to the back-burner (or throw out the window entirely) in this cycle. I’m doing more core, foam rolling AND prioritizing compression to help my legs recover faster.
Typically, I’ll knock out my runs pretty early in the morning, shower and get ready for work and put my compression sleeves on for the day (it helps that it’s winter and I don’t have to worry about anyone wondering about what the heck I’m wearing around my calves.)
So far, I can tell it’s been helping. Despite running mileage I used to reserve only for marathon training, my body has been feeling really good. I’ve been tired and ready for bed at 9 pm every night (if not earlier), but my legs feel decently fresh and I’ve been bouncing back from the hard workouts well.
Dance, Jump on it…
Just like with their compression socks, the fit of their sleeves is “right not tight“, meaning 15-20 mmHg compression versus 20-30 mmHg more typical with other companies. I have tried both the traditional “tighter” sleeves and Legend Compression and I can honestly say that both types work well for me. However, I have heard plenty of complaints from other runners on how hard it is to pull compression sleeves on, in which case, I would definitely recommend giving Legend Compression a try!
Price-wise, these sleeves are very comparable to the other major brands in the market. At $45 a pair, they aren’t cheap, but they are also well-made and durable – you can tell they won’t fall apart after wearing them a few times (which is a major plus since I have been LIVING in mine lately).
I love the bright blue color and I cannot WAIT to rock these in my next race (yeah, I’m that guy who plans their race outfits WAY in advance…) If you’d like to give Legend Compression a try, you’re in luck – I’ve got a discount for ya! Use code ‘rave20’ for 20% off your order!
Compression socks or sleeves? Are you in training for any spring or winter races?