So this weekend, I went shopping. My friend gave me a gift certificate for helping her read over her book before it went off to the publisher. And while it was my absolute pleasure to help, it was still nice to use up the gift certificate on some running treats.
Lately, as if my hip, IT band, calf, and achilles problems weren’t enough, my arches have been hurting. I guess it’s been going on for a while, but nothing was helping them (except Lunarglides), so I decided to try some fancy socks.
I started with Balega X Athlete socks, which have pretty thick cushioning and at least some psychological benefit to my sore arches. I used to be really into thin socks, but that was before I tried the cushioned socks. I love these so far, especially for distance. I wore them out on a run on Sunday, I was so excited to have them.
But while I was there, I also grabbed a pair of Zensah compression socks. I wore them all day Sunday and then went for a run in them on Monday. My arches feel a lot more rested and strong than they usually do, which I’ll take as a good sign.
I’m planning to wear these puppies on the plane on Thursday because my legs always hurt on planes and because I’m paranoid about getting a blood clot and dying. It can happen!
I’ll probably wear them under jeans though. And please ignore the various exercise and music debris behind me in that picture.
Have you ever used compression socks? What do you think? I’ve heard nothing but raves from the few people I asked, but do they really do anything to justify their $50 price tag? Or is it all psychological? (I just spent $50 on socks–these better make me feel better!)
Your thoughts would be much appreciated.