Several blog posts ago, I discussed how running gear has changed since the last time I hit the pavement approximately 15 years ago. One of the new types of apparel I was seeing runners wear were compression socks and compression leg sleeves. After running the Richmond Marathon and experiencing severe calf cramps, I did wonder if compression sleeves would have helped minimize the discomfort.
Knowing a little about the benefits of compression from being in the health field, I was curious as to the effect on running. One of the awesome guys over at LEGEND® Compression Wear asked if I was interested in trying a pair of their compression socks or sleeves and I was happy to oblige. Since I already have a favorite brand of running socks, I decided to try the leg sleeves.
The website has an easy to follow guide on how to measure your legs to determine the size you will need to order. The 7 (soon to be 8) colors available are basic solid colors.
After receiving my pair, I wore them around the house for recovery after a relatively tough workout. The sleeves were easy to pull on and off; the material felt soft and hugged my calves. Snug; but not too tight.
I tested out the sleeves on a long, slow run at first and also have worn during two recent 5Ks. Both races, I set a new personal record. Coincidence? Maybe. However, I can tell you I did not experience any fatigue in my calves while running. Due to my positive experience with the leg sleeves, I plan on continuing use during long runs, races and for recovery.
Key features and potential benefits of compression for runners:
– Improved endurance
– Increased power output
– Decreased shin splints and calf cramps
– Faster recovery time
– Reduced vibration
– Increased oxygen levels and blood circulation
– Moisture wicking and UV protection
LEGEND® Compression Wear differs from other companies offering similar products due to their background in medical compression therapy. All products are proudly made in the USA.
In addition to a great product, I also love their mission statement. “The mission of LEGEND® Compression Wear is to improve the performance of every athlete—from the casual jogger to the competitive triathlete. Our sports compression socks, sleeves & apparel are designed with you in mind so you can perform at your best. Our mission is to promote the notion that LEGENDS are created from great people, great courage and great accomplishments.”
Want to make 2017 LEGENDARY? Follow this link for $15 OFF your first order at LEGEND® Compression Wear. Why not try? There is a 30 Day Satisfaction Guarantee – if you are not completely satisfied with your product, you may return free of charge within 30 days of your purchase.
I, myself, would be interested in brighter colors or patterned sleeves (runners like to be a little flashy). However, LEGEND® Compression Wear wanted to keep the focus on the athlete with a simple and understated design. So join me, and be a LEGEND.